Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

As the year winds down, I am busy booking 2018 dates that will commence in March.
I will be trying to compose some new material for next year.
As usual I will be playing in two trios.
East Side with Matt Senjem and Michael Bissonnette, and Sidewalk Cafe with Gary Schulte and Jeff Brueske.
There will also be a smattering of solo guitar gigs and performing with singers like Lee Engele and Rhonda Laurie as well.

I am currently doing a lot of research on Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943).
Rachmaninoff was a great composer and pianist.
I love his Preludes, Piano Concertos and Sonatas but his three larger works based on Theme and Variations (on themes by Paganini, Chopin and Corelli) are of special interest.
I was amazed to hear how much my old piece called “Time” resembled the Corelli theme. I always thought “Time” had a distinct baroque feel to it now I see why.
At any rate, I am working on a set of variations on the theme from “Time.”
It is both fun and hard work. I had always wanted to write a theme and variations piece.
Now I’m doing it.
I wish everyone a great 2018 and I will keep you posted right here.


Sasha and Dinu

“Sasha and Dinu”

(composed and performed by reynold d. philipsek 2017 copyright. Zino-Rephi Music BMI)

I have been working on my solo acoustic guitar repertoire in order to prepare a recital program. I will probably film this recital at some point in the next year to be posted on Youtube or at my site.
My recent interest in the work of the great Slavic pianist/composers like Prokofiev, Chopin, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff have inspired this  move.
“Sasha and Dinu” is a piece I first wrote a few years ago but only recently worked up this current version. The tonal center of C Sharp Minor is ever present and comes directly from the influence of Scriabin, Chopin and Rachmaninoff who all used this tonality to great effect in creating what I call a mood of “Slavic Melancholia.”
“Slavic Melancholia” could be described as a state of being in which sadness, nostalgia, longing, despair, joy and hope are mixed together into a sort of psycho-romantic goulash. You find this mood in most Slavic art to some degree and being of that general persuasion myself I feel quite at home in this modality.
My theory is that years of oppression, poverty, cold winter nights, copious droughts of vodka and a soulful poetic nature all greatly contribute to the origins of “SM.”