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Susan Alcorn


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Post Posted 23 Aug 2016 9:58 am     Reply with quote

For those few who might be interested . . .

Two weeks ago, Mary Halvorson and I played together as a duet at the Stone in NYC. Most of this is free improvisation except for a couple noticeable exceptions toward the end. Mary is an incredible musician and can even make someone like me sound not so bad at times, so it was a fun evening.

This video is a little long, over an hour, so here are the different segments we did if you're inclined to skip around a little:

0:00 - The first piece is what it is.

27:10 - starts out quiet and introspective, then goes into some places maybe it should not have gone.

40:05 - "acoustic rock" (pretty much literally)

57:16 - cover tunes. Two are pretty recognizable (especially the first one, for most Forum members), but there's another one in there (that sort of explains my biggest problem) that's perhaps a bit more obtuse. Does anyone recognize it?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l187khHMzIs


I hope you enjoy the music. Thanks for taking the time to listen.
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Kevin Swan


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Medina, Ohio
Post Posted 23 Aug 2016 2:26 pm     Reply with quote

Love it! Sure hope I get to see you, or BOTH of you someday. Keep pushing those boundaries. Just amazing work.
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Susan Alcorn


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Post Posted 28 Aug 2016 2:54 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks, Kevin, I'm glad you liked it. That was kind of a special night.
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Mike Neer


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Post Posted 28 Aug 2016 3:15 pm     Reply with quote

Can't wait to hear it, Susan. I sincerely regret not being able to see you last night with Nels Cline, whom I've admired since he and his brother played with Julius Hemphill.

I'm so glad to be able to listen to your music. It truly inspires me.
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Susan Alcorn


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Post Posted 1 Sep 2016 9:37 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, Mike, and you inspire me too (I can't wait for the release of your Monk album!). The Nels Cline gig was what it was.
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Susan Alcorn


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Post Posted 1 Sep 2016 9:46 am     Reply with quote

Review of the performance in the New York City Jazz Record - Kansas? Roy Rogers? Trigger?



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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2016 4:58 am     Reply with quote

... and SETI!

I got Stormy Weather on the second cover. Close?
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Susan Alcorn


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Baltimore, MD, USA
Post Posted 2 Sep 2016 6:39 am     Reply with quote

SETI? That must have been from the metal plates in my head. I get signals from home sometimes - probably nothing important (usually just messages telling me to carry on preparing Earth for the invasion by destroying the precious pedal steel guitar music).

I think I may have been a little too obtuse pointing out the cover tunes.

The second one starts at 57:16 [corrected, 59:44]

And the third one starts at 1:02:44

Does that help?

Alien
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 2 Sep 2016 7:18 am     Reply with quote

57:16 appears to be a tribute to your old stomping grounds
1:02:44 might be part of a Stephen Foster tune? Or the incidental music from "My Three Sons?" Smile
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Susan Alcorn


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2016 7:34 am     Reply with quote

I corrected the time for the second tune - it should have been 59:44.

Bill, you are absolutely correct on the first one.

The third tune was sort of a lament from a popular 1939 movie that I know you have seen.
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 2 Sep 2016 7:56 am     Reply with quote

New York New York, but I still get 'Stormy Weather' in there which made sense, but my steel guitar literature isn't enough to encompass the last one. I don't think Ms Halverson knew it either. Neutral Looks like it was a fun night.

1939 movie...?
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Susan Alcorn


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Baltimore, MD, USA
Post Posted 2 Sep 2016 8:38 am     Reply with quote

"New York, New York" - it's hard to tell whether she got that quote. She was playing really outside, but she seemed to me to be following the form. But yes, that's possible.

1939 movie . . . "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

Smile
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Jacques Gabelout


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France
Post Posted 5 Dec 2016 4:54 am     Mary Halvorson & Suzan Alcorn ... Reply with quote

Hello Suzan, we have discovered with great interest your duos ! Surprised
Nickie has granted since the 6O's the third neck of his Multiharp in pantatonic ( for his little improvised sequence , influenced as a classical flutist by her great passion for Maurice Ravel and her works inspired by the gamelans of balinese music ( My Mother Oye ...).
It would seem that you also (?)

"BRAVO et AMITIES. Merci vivement pour votre commentaire sur notre blog !"
Jacques et Nickie
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Susan Alcorn


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Baltimore, MD, USA
Post Posted 9 Dec 2016 3:45 pm     Reply with quote

Hi Jacques,

Yes, my guitar is pretty much a C pentatonic (with an F thrown in); also I also love Ravel (and other French composers - Debussy, Satie, Boulez, early Varèse, and (my favorite) Messiaen. Sometimes I think about trying to work up Ravel's. Sometimes I think about working up Rave's "Pavanne", but that's a difficult one.

Comme j'ai écrit sur votre blog, je suis une grande admiratrice de votre musique.
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Jacques Gabelout


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Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 5:11 am     Reply with quote

Susan Alcorn wrote:
Hi Jacques,

Yes, my guitar is pretty much a C pentatonic ...

Comme j'ai écrit sur votre blog, je suis une grande admiratrice de votre musique.


I find (a year later! ...) your valuable comment
I apologize for reacting so late to thank you!
Since then we have 14 "covers" on our blog (and keep on Tune Core.)
They are a tribute to the various composers of these stantards that we interpreted duet throughout our "course", always with great pleasure ...
Fidèlement amical JG
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