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  • MUSIC COMPOSITION UPDATE: 159 new works for solo piano written and performed in the last 6 months for live stream concerts and recordings +

    I've composed, arranged and performed a total of 159 new original compositions for solo piano during this last six-month period. Scroll down this blog entry to view the database of new pieces created for performance during 21 live stream concerts ("The Listening Experience"), listed by date, concert theme and composition title. Last week's detailed blog article AT THIS LINK tells the story of my 25 consecutive live stream concert events with in-depth information. These compositions are also listed on my Live Stream Page, featured in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels you can scroll through on the bottom of the live stream page. There is no way this level of creativity could have occured without the universal inspiration from George Russell (my composition mentor) and his enduring, prodigious Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, for which I am eternally grateful. The January, Read More
  • LIVE STREAM CONCERTS MILESTONE #1: Celebrating 25 Consecutive Solo Piano "Listening Experience" events +

    The live stream concert dedicated to "PoleStar" broadcast from my website on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 was the 25th consecutive solo piano concert since the inception on June 28th, 2020. Each and every Sunday I have presented "The Listening Experience" of all original music created to inspire and uplift audiences around the world. They have all been free-of-charge (donations accepted), with no log in or registration needed to view. The majority of concerts are one hour in length, consisting of 8 instrumental songs. I've composed, arranged and performed over 150 original compositions in these live streams during this six-month period.  View the database list of these compositions in different blog article AT THIS LINK. These compositions are always complied each week in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels on the bottom of the live stream page. Here's a screen shot. Many Read More
  • Music Documentary Film Review: "Hearing Is Believing" - Rachel Flowers +

    Although released as a full-length documentary film in 2017, I had not had the opportunity to see this movie until this week. Let me begin by saying that it is a very important film for everyone to enjoy and learn from, especially musicians. The focus is on Rachel Flowers. She is what a real musician looks like - in every way, shape and form. Her essence is one of purity. That's what this film means to me: music is purity. The purity of her soul made me cry tears of joy at the end of the film. She hears a sound in everything and in everyone. The title says it all. More than the familiar motto "seeing is believing," the truth is that "hearing is believing." This is in perfect alignment with my axiom that music is a gift given to all human beings to teach us to become better listeners. Read More
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Blog Series - "Wisdom and Intuitive Intelligence" - PART ONE: review of New York Times front page opinion article entitled "Art Never Dies" by Jazz Master Saxophone Legend Sonny Rollins

This is Part One of my new Blog post columns on the significance and meaningful connections between learning, understanding and engaging in music through "wisdom and intuitive intelligence. " This beautifully written article exemplifies the sage advice of Jazz legendary saxophone master Sonny Rollins, who at age 89 wrote an essay published by the New York Times in their "Why Does Art Matter?" series

To begin, please click the link below this photo to read the article in its entirety. It is heart-felt, authentic, inspiring, and profound. All my students loved reading it.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

And for those online music teachers and/or online music lesson students who are not familiar with the life's work in music of Sonny Rollins, check out his biography here on his official website:

https://sonnyrollins.com/biography/

And you can hear him play a solo  on this YouTube video:

https://youtu.be/0e8w8O5aM_Y

Here’s what he has to say about what it means to play Jazz and be a Jazz musician:

https://youtu.be/QKQcagDsa20

And a 10 minutes video on Sonny Rollins meeting Miles Davis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WfRlyUKv8Y

 

My mentor, the late, great George Russell - creator of the world renowned pan-stylistic theory to come from Jazz entitled "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, the art and science of Tonal Gravity" wrote in the fourth and final edition that "intuitive intelligence" was unconditionally paramount to create meaningful artistic statements in music. That term "intuitive intelligence" refers to that which comes from an artist’s “essence” - it is wisdom versus knowledge, the brilliance of the heart and not only the head, the inner vision along with the vision that comes from being influenced by others, and a connection to what most people describe as a higher level of consciousness than ordinary day-in-day-out life. This intention and mindset results in a powerful synergy of what Geoge Russell explains as "intellectual brilliance, intuitive perception, emotional fire and spiritual depth." It is the source of not only inspiration, but innovation.

 

This article by Sonny Rollins articulates a potent and real perspective on what George Russell is talking about in regards to intuitive intelligence. It is the underlying “one thing necessary” to direct the journey us musicians take towards mastery of this ancient language called music in the right direction. That path leads to being a much better listener and one who is in touch with inner forces that wake up through wisdom.

 

The reason I will be posting many new Blog articles on this subject is that wisdom and intuitive intelligence is fundamental to the deeper hidden meanings of what music making is all about.

 

One of the many reasons to choose to study online with a private music teacher for live interactive real-time online music lessons is that a one-on-one relationship between two people - and not simply watching a pre-recorded video or YouTube DIY instruction - provides insights, explanations, connections and direct transmission between teacher and student. This fosters the planting of seeds that mentors of the past set in motion for beauty and truth to move forward. This is what I aim to do for my students as I pass along the wisdom and intuitive intelligence I was given by mentors George Russell and Dwike Mitchell, among many others.

 

LINKS TO OTHER PAGES ON THIS OFFICIAL ANDY WASSERMAN WEBSITE

https://andywasserman.com/videos

https://andywasserman.com/recordings

https://andywasserman.com/arts-in-ed/holistic-music-healing

https://andywasserman.com/music-theory/george-russell-s-lydian-chromatic-concept

https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons

https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons/realtime-online-lessons

 

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