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  • Lydian Chromatic Concept Update: revised and expanded biography on the life and music of George Russell published on October 15, 2020 now available at Amazon. +

    The new authorized biography on the author of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept" (LCCOTO) is entitled "Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell" written by Dr. Duncan Heining. Originally published in 2009 under the title 'George Russell: The Story of an American Composer', this 371 page new edition published by Jazz Internationale (Suffolk, UK) offers students and fans of jazz a seriously revised and extended text based on additional research and interviews. The author Dr. Duncan Heining has written about jazz and other music genres since 1996 for Avant, The Independent, Jazzwise, Jazz UK and All About Jazz. His other books are: Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz 1960-1975 (Equinox 2012) and Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier (Equinox 2018). The new edition is available now in both Kindle and Paperback versions on Amazon AT THIS LINK. Here's the press release description from the publisher:"Stratusphunk Read More
  • "SoundCloud Pro" Review 2020: MY RECENT SOLO PIANO RECORDINGS ARE NOW STREAMING MUSIC ON SOUNDCLOUD PRO PLATFORM +

    It is with great pleasure that I'm happy to share with my fans, YouTube viewers, live stream concert audience, my online students and all visitors to my official website that some of my original music for solo piano is now streaming on SoundCloud Pro. The SoundCloud Pro platform offers a wide range of very useful features that give the creative musical artist a platform to reach a global audience. With my new membership and uploads on SoundCloud Pro, I can upload unlimited hours of any type of audio in high-quality WAV file format. It allows me to distribute and monetize with their Repost service for no extra cost. I've got amazingly detailed real-time insights for analytics in the dashboard that displays plays, likes, reposts, comments & downloads, top listeners, countries & cities, plays by website, RSS & third-party apps I'm able to schedule my music album releases and share them Read More
  • FILEMAIL REVIEW 2020: the fastest file transfer cloud service I've found, and the perfect choice for musicians and music educators who need to send and receive large audio and video files of any size +

    After extensive research and comparison shopping the major online companies that allow people to upload and download huge files, I've come to the firm conclusion that FileMail is the best for many reasons, especially because it has no limit on file size (even the most basic free version) and has a solid desktop utility for off-line uploads with speeds up to 20 times faster than other web browser transfer sites. Teaching online, creating music videos and posting WAV files requires the sharing of very large files. After many months of use, I'm sold on Filemail. To put it simply, Filemail works perfectly with all the features a musician and music educator would ever need. The interface is smooth, easy and straight-ahead. I've never had any hassles or failed uploads when starting out with their free version which was robust enough to keep me going for all of my largest file 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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