Glenn Stallcop | Floating Leaves

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Floating Leaves

by Glenn Stallcop

His fifth album of solo piano improvisation. Expressive yet adventurous, lyrical yet virtuosic, passionate yet fresh and intelligent, spontaneously free yet reflective and articulate. Meditative music that captures and focuses your attention.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On a Reflecting Pool
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2. In the Autumn Wind
4:20 $0.99
3. Flowing Past a Cathedral
4:08 $0.99
4. Becoming a Tiny Sailboat
3:45 $0.99
5. Swirling Downstream
4:08 $0.99
6. In a Fountain
3:48 $0.99
7. At Sunset
4:53 $0.99
8. Among the Reflection of Stars
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9. Reflecting Autumn Color
5:50 $0.99
10. Awash On a Rock
4:30 $0.99
11. Drying in the Sun
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Floating Leaves was recorded over a period of about 15 months stretching from the summer of 2005 to the fall of 2006. It was a period of turmoil in my creative life, and I sat down to record only occasionally. As a result, this collection of short improvisations is a little more varied than usual, with each one a small glimpse into my feelings at the time. Of course, I continued to improvise regularly, but I only recorded occasionally. Each take became a separate entity floating through time, a different color and variety with its own path.

It was during the period when I was recording this album that I became fully committed to improvisation. Up until then, I had considered myself a composer first, who also improvised. My improvisation became and remains the primary focus of my creative life. The compositions that I have done since have been transcriptions and/or facilitations of my improvisation. My switch from composition to improvisation has been gradual but definitive.

Though the music on this album is freely improvised, it is more classical than jazz (certain free jazz/improvisation artists excepted). I am a classical musician by trade, and have been a composer since was very young. I am more prone to spontaneously compose while improvising rather than “grooving” as a jazz musician would. I treat rhythm and harmony freely and in a complex fashion at times. However, my music is always expressive. It is the direct emotional and spontaneous outpouring that drew me to improvisation in the first place.

I also use improvisation as a spiritual practice. The act of improvisation forces me to concentrate all of my attention on what I am doing now, not on what I just did, what I am going to do, or what I was planning to do. As such, my music always has a certain meditative quality, a certain inner stillness, even when it gets busy. A fallen leaf still floats on the top of the water, whether it is a rushing river or still pond.

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