Static Walking
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STATIC WALKING was written at the request of Robert Black, who asked for a piece that incorporated elements of jazz and European concert music. The bass is an ideal instrument for this type of experimentation, since it doesn’t have a significant body of literature before the 20th Century. Therefore, most of the major works for the instrument are avant-garde in nature, exploring the sonic capacities of the instrument. At the other extreme, jazz bassists tended to focus on the linear aspect of bass playing, sometimes ‘walking’ in quarter notes, at other times engaging in a dialogue with the rest of the ensemble. Static Walking takes these opposites as its starting point, and creates a dialogue between the seemingly irreconcilable types of music. That which appears ‘static’ in this piece can actually be full of motion, just as the ‘walking’ music can actually be stationary.