A Life Well Played Screening & Playlist: UPDATE

As of now, this is the projected song list. The theater does have a Steinway, so Gregg will play that instrument. A nice plus of playing at this hall.

The set list is mainly my own music. I do include Nuages, by Django Reinhardt just because he is so essential to my history and I am identified as one of his many descendants. My Girl is included because it was in my first set list at 12 years old and I still have followers who like to hear me sing a couple of songs.

Bohemian Flats and Chrysanthemum are new pieces of mine which will be played for the first time live.

As I said before, Matt and Michael have been my main partners for years. Gregg and I have been friends for longer than Matt has been alive, and Gregg and I have played on many recordings together. This show however will be the first time Gregg and I play a live gig together.

The Set for June 25th, 2017:
1) Through Rose Colored Glasses (solo guitar)
2) Butterfly (trio start here)
3) Beatnik Pie
4) July (vocal)
5) Nuages
6) East Side
7) Sans Souci
8) Astoria
9) Mary
10) Silesian Mist
11) Rococo (quartet Gregg start)
12) Chrysanthemum
13) Bohemian Flats
14) Up Town
15) My Girl (vocal)

Hope you’ll stop by and enjoy the show and live music. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you can click here.

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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