by reynold d. philipsek
For the past two years (while I was engaged with the filming and distribution of the “A Life Well Played” documentary), I was also busy putting together an album of what I could accurately call a true distillation of my musical oeuvre.
This entailed not only the development of new pieces, but the remodeling of older music that could benefit from a new approach.
This is that album. It has become clear to me that my personal taste is defined not only by my idiosyncrasies and melodic and harmonic predilections, but my desire for concision based on brevity and clarity. I am, I suppose, a sort of minimalist which probably explains my admiration for Anton Webern. The melodic and harmonic side of my nature is influenced by Ravel and Monk. This may not be readily apparent but it is, none the less, the case.
The liner note on the CD sleeve gives a fuller description of the overall concept.
As I have said before, “I have suffered for this music; now it’s your turn.”
Reynold (summer of 2017)
(written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek)
Bohemian Flats, also known as Little Bohemia, was the informal name given a residential area of Minneapolis in the late 19th century. The area was the low lying river terrace on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
The area was named “Bohemian Flats” because of a high percentage of eastern European residents such as Slovaks, Czechs (Bohemians), and Poles. Naturally, since I have both Czech and Polish heritage, this fact interested me. The area became extinct in the early 1960’s, and is now a park.
This piece is one which I will revive for both trios (East Side and Sidewalk Cafe) for our summer gigs. I am very fond of this music. It derives it’s uniqueness in my canon from the contrapuntal interplay of the three voices. The arpeggiated chords, the sparse melody, and active bass line create a rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic counterpoint that is an area I want to pursue more actively going forward.
Click here to listen to the song: https://reynold.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Bohemian-Flats.mp3