YOUNG CHILD IS INSPIRED AS GREEN PLAYS PIANO AT THE RITZ IN WASHINGTON DC
I had a free evening while shopping for colleges with my teenage daughter. The Georgetown waterfront bar waitress answered, “Well, we used to have a piano here. There’s a nice one around the corner at the Ritz Carlton.” It was an ebony Steinway in the corner of a large plush living room.
I eased on to its quilted leather bench, quietly tossed a motif into the room just below the conversation level, and waited to see if anyone approached to arrest me. Soon Abraham’s Theme filled the space, then some George Winston, Will Ackerman and Easy which I wrote with David Field. A concierge stopped doing busywork to listen; the room changed energetically.
While I was playing, a young African boy left his family gathering at the fireplace, approached the piano, watched the hammers striking the strings, and contemplated my sounds for some time. In an interlude, he asked sweetly, "How did you learn to do this?" (Sonoma County Gazette, Nov/2011) Read on further....
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Feedback Piano: Somatic Attunement by Jerry Green
Jerry discovered the use of piano as biofeedback training for unwinding tensions associated with a congenital spasticity. His physical limitations led to improvisational curiosity with simple harmonic fifths, which he then heard in new age and classical themes, enabling him to discover his own musicality and develop his listening abilities. His once mostly private feedback studies have gained appreciation at contact-improv dance gatherings, restaurants, churches and special events. He plays at Coffee Catz in Sebastopol and the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa.
Original improvisations on themes by George Winston, William Ackerman, Vangellis, Bach, Beethoven, Schuman, Eric Satie, Ralph Towner and Arvo Part.
I play to explore the silent space within ourselves, beneath the sounds we hear, perhaps in the measured spaces between the notes and beats.
"Oh, my. I'm listening now and feel my whole body slowing down." Theresa Koetters, RN, MS
"Your presence yesterday and sweet music was so relaxing. It put everyone at ease, perfect for our theater audience." Suze Cohan, Occidental Art Center
“Professional musicians sometimes forget why we were originally drawn to music. Jerry began playing piano as a bio-feedback tool to unwind tensions. His story and remarkable ability to listen and produce mysterious sounds through original improvisations on popular and classical themes seem to help people rediscover their desire to listen.” Seth Montfort, Concert Pianist. CLICK HERE to listen to Seth introduce inner-listening at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Jerry performs Arvo Part's Alina and Abraham's Theme from Chariots of Fire.
From The Successful Brain Fair: "Jerry's playing made the chatter & chaos in the room disappear so I could drop deeply into receiving the various treatments being offered." Katja Grace "I love your music and so do my dogs. It soothes us all. Your CD should be played at animal shelters to calm the frightened and lonely dogs and cats. You play like an angel." Karen Meganck, Psychologist
For Jerry's personal story, see: INSPIRED BY MY OWN LIMITATIONS
Feedback Piano has been performed at these venues:
The Love Choir Sebastopol
Center for the Arts Sebastopol
Coffee Catz Sebastopol
Brown Street Grill Sebastopol
The Jenner Inn Jenner
Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa
Congregation Rodef Shalom San Rafael
Eastbay Jewish Community Center Berkeley
Congregation Kol HaEmek Ukiah
Russian River Performing Arts/ Conservatory of Music Guerneville
The Ritz Carlton Washington DC
The Finley Center Santa Rosa
Occidental Center for the Arts Occidental
Laguna Foundation Fundraiser Sebastopol
Paws for Love, Silent Auction 2/9/13 Santa Rosa
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NEW RELEASE: First Takes Jerry Green, solo piano LOOK RIGHT TO DOWNLOAD
These first takes are just that, the surprising results of a practice run in a recording studio. I did not expect this screen test to be more than a learning experience. It turned out to be quite appealing, and it revealed an integration of keys and themes in ways I had never imagined. This is an original body of improvisations weaving a collection of popular and classical ideas and qualities that cultivate inner-listening my approach to somatic attunement, or embodied awareness.
EARLIEST GREENER PIANO SOLOS
Sound engineering by David Field, a true poet of the guitar, able to finger-tip through the tulips, scattering sunlight into its many colours. Discover his sound at: http://www.davidfieldguitar.com/
Abraham’s Theme by Vangellis (from Chariots of Fire) is featured in my coming out medley that includes my improvisations on themes by George Winston (Thanksgiving, DECEMBER,) William Ackerman (Processional, RETURNING,) and Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. (Recorded live Center for Spiritual Living, Jan/'11)
Arvo Part’s compositions draw us into the space between dynamic intervals with grace and beauty, reaching far beyond the notes themselves. He builds a jewel-like tapestry of sound in which we can abide and simply feel. Alina is the seminal work in Part’s original style of composition, called “tintinabuli,” or little bells, chimes. Alina is built on the notes B and F#, which are also the main tones in my composition, Yitzak’s Niggun. (Recorded live Center for Spiritual Living, Jan/'11)
Improvizations on Thanksgiving (Winston/Winter) emerge from a Japanese Music Box concluding with Mon Infante, a tradiional French lullaby. (recorded January 2012 at Mesa Recording Studio.)
“Jerry goes straight to the heart and soul of the music. He's an astounding person to play music with, and completely unique. I welcome our future collaborations and his contributions to the musical world.”
The improvisation you are hearing now represents many levels of inner-listening. Poland’s Oskar Schindler clearly listened to the beat of his own drummer in the most troubling of times. John Williams told Spielberg, "You need a better composer than I am for this film." Spielberg replied, "I know. But they're all dead!"
But Williams tuned in past the mortal boundaries of his own abilities, and he listened for all the spirits lost to their own callings. There the music is timeless and beyond the reach of nationality and religion. By listening to the harmonies in this theme, I can feel sounds emanating from the vast silence of not knowing. (recorded January 2012 at Mesa Recording Studio.)
SAMPLE FIRST TAKES:
LISTEN to Satied Greens
Windham Hill music included Erik Satie’s piano compositions, which he called gymnopedie. When criticized as mediocre musician, he replied that he was actually a phonometrician, one who measures sound. In my mind, he laid the foundation for the evolution of inner listening, which culminates today in the contributions of Arvo Part and W.A. Mathieu. Satie’s reference to being a gymnopaedist, (dancer) also tells me he pioneered somatic attunement in music, what began for me as biofeedback training for congenital tensions.
Inner-listening genome? Trend? This is one of two pieces that merited selection by Pandora for classification in their Music Genome Project. We will soon discover their pick of other recordings that reflect the qualities of my music.