Kicking Shadows

2007

[SCORE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD] A subtle and hard driving solo piano piece linking rhythm and blues inspirations with Zen-soul and forms of gradual processes, in memory James Brown and with reference to Chi-fo (a.k.a. Feng-seng), may also be arranged or orchestrated and improvisations added.

Kicking Shadows (2007) was originally written for solo piano. It may also be arranged or orchestrated and improvisations added. The composer has made parts for four trumpets (piccolo trumpet optional on high parts) that can be added to or mixed with the solo piano. Both are included in the score file. The piece links rhythm and blues inspirations with Zen-soul and forms of gradual processes, some subtle, some hard driving. The title is taken from a verse by Chi-fo (a.k.a. Feng-seng) written about the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, which is included in the score. An optional line of text is included with opening and closing ostinati that may be whispered with a subtle sense of pitch. The music is also written in memory James Brown with variations on an unstated theme.