Duo Noire had a blast @ Juilliard for our dear friend Raymond Lustig’s composition class. We performed some of Ray’s “Figments” from our album of his music and talked about composing for the guitar with an absolutely wonderful group of adult students. Good times!
Here’s a little compose-a-gram from my “practice” this evening. Anyone else awake? #nightmusic #theorbo #insomnia #lute #classicalguitar #nocturnal #music (at New York, New York)
A behind-the-scenes look from Duo Noire’s recording session in Brooklyn last summer. This is our recent arrangement of R. Nathaniel Dett’s famous “Juba” dance. It was a common dance performed by slaves on plantations across the south. People would clap and slap their thighs and chests while singing and stomping their feet in 2/4 time (8th + two 16ths). Sometimes a lead fiddler or dancer would show off with increasing virtuosity as the crowd encouraged them. Slaves used their bodies for percussion because they were forbidden from having drums due to a fear that they would transmit coded messages. Glad to share this with the guitar community in the new issue of Soundboard.