Improv Madness was written as an experiment in improvisation,
a method of making music in which I have little experience.
I started by sketching out in words what I wanted everybody
to be doing- descriptions of specific musical textures and
moods. After I laid that out, I went on to create a musical
score that is mostly graphic notation. The structure
of the piece is fairly tightly contained, but the players can
(hopefully) find a lot of room within those confines to express
themselves as individuals and within the context of the ensemble.
Improv Madness was performed as part of a course in improvisation,
taught by the improv and double bass virtuoso Mark
Dresser. It featured me on classical guitar, Nathan Michel
on electric guitar, Alan Tormey on electric guitar, Mark on
bass, and Scott Smallwood on steel drum.