It began with a tiny idea...

 

Reach out to a musician I’ve never met and introduce myself. We get together and improvise. I record the session, transcribe it, and we both share writing credit for the resulting ‘tiny duet’.

 

A chance to get out of the house and meet new people while at the same time creating new repertoire for non-traditional instrument pairings.  Everybody wins.

Small scale collaborations between two human beings. I play a melody, you play a melody. Let’s see how the sounds you make dance with the sounds that I make.

Possibly brilliant, never dull.  Hopefully at least a little bit interesting to listen to.

My goal was to create an opportunity for small scale collaborations between two human beings. 'I play a melody, you play a melody. Let’s see how the sounds you make dance with the sounds that I make.'

At first though, there was one tiny problem.  When I began exploring the 'tiny duets' concept several years ago, I received a lot of polite 'no thank you's' from those that I reached out to who had no training in improvisation.

What seemed at first like an obstacle was ultimately extremely beneficial.  I was forced to fully develop and codify tools and techniques that I'd been using in my own study of improvisation for the last 25 years.  With these methods in hand I was able to begin a collaborative process that has so far been extremely fulfilling and fruitful.  I've worked with everything from experienced improvisers, to complete beginners. Along the way we've written some really interesting music.

 

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we've enjoyed making it.

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