Sidewalk Cafe Live at the Dakota

Sidewalk Cafe
live at the Dakota

I only recently discovered this live Youtube video.
I have no idea who posted it, but I like it.
Live videos like this show up from time to time and I have no problem with them.
My goal is to get the music to as many people as possible.

The two songs played in Part One posted here are two of my songs.
First is “Sans Souci”.
This is a rather extended version and at one point Gary (violin) and I do some very nice interplay.

The second song is a tune I wrote in homage to Joe Pass, the legendary guitarist with whom I had a couple of lessons with in L.A. in 1975.
Joe passed away in 1994.
This second song is called “Tempus Fugit.

guitar-reynold
violin-Gary Schulte
bass-Jeff Brueske


link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8zeYes47pM

Quixote

QuixoteWritten and performed by Reynold Philipsek, copyright 2017, available as a complimentary download on the Free MP3s page.

The 17th Century Spanish tale by Miguel de Cervantes of Don Quixote and his adventures has inspired many artists. Both Orson Welles and Terry Gilliam spent considerable time, money and energy shooting miles of film to no avail or a completed film on the subject.

For more than 15 years I have entertained the idea of writing an “episodic” piece about this prototypical “hidalgo.”

During my recent six weeks in Naples I finally began to write this music.

In keeping with the Spanish theme of the central character I have utilized two distinct Spanish dance rhythms- The “guajira” (a bar of 6/8 followed by a bar of 3/4) and a Tango/Habanera rhythm.

There are three resting pedal points which can be seen as transitional (scene changes). These three “pedals” are C, D and E. The piece could easily be extended further by continuing these pedals in whole tones 4 more steps (G flat, A flat, B flat) to once again return to C.

Another objective was to bend standard song forms and to create an extended piece of music that has not only prescribed themes and movements but places for improvisation. Though this version is done on solo acoustic guitar (with synth drone pedals) ideally I would like to play the piece this summer with both of my trios (East Side and Sidewalk Cafe). The drones could easily be handled on arco upright bass.

For those unfamiliar with the story, Don Quixote was a hidalgo who read so many chivalric romances that he loses his grip on reality and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs and bring justice to the world. Cervantes tells this tale with much humor and pathos.

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