Interpretative worlds.
Re-interpreting the World.

(Español) Mikhail Pochekin: Concierto de presentación del doble CD “J.S. Bach, 6 sonatas y partitas para violín solo BWV 1001-1006″ – Ateneo de Madrid

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Nothing changes if YOU don’t change

Coaching & Artists

(Español) Coaching, coach y cliente

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On Consciousness In Music – Ananda Sukarlan

Maestro Ananda Sukarlan talks about the conscious and unconsciouss in writting and in listening to music.

IECoaching – Emotional Needs

Carmen Cayuela speaks about emotional needs, coaching and Emotional Intelligence.

(Español) Liderazgo interior y transliderazgo

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Gratitude Makes Us Great

Rachel Flowers: Steve Reich & The Phasing Technique

Rachel FlowersPiano Phase is a piece by minimalist composer Steve Reich. It was originally written for two piano players or one pianist and tape, but later it was played by one musician with two pianos. The phasing technique is where one person is playing a repeating pattern while the other is gradually getting faster. At first it sounds like people not playing together, but then play together but at different times. The piece has three different patterns: twelve notes, eight different notes, and four notes.

Reich first discovered phasing with tape loops such as It’s Gonna Rain and Come Out. At first he thought one musician couldn’t go out of tempo while another stayed steady, but he found out that it was possible.

When I found out this piece had been played by one musician on two pianos, I thought it was impossible. I played this on my Yamaha M06 with an 88 key controller and the keyboard itself. My left hand was the steady piano on the controller transposed three octaves up, so it would feel more separate from the other keyboard. My right hand was the phasing piano on the Yamaha. I did play it a little faster than usual, but this was the first time I actually got all of the notes right.
I was focusing more on the left hand, so I would know what note the right hand would go to on each phase (not right away, but almost until it’s in time.) Sometimes I did go a little fast during the phasing, but I think I did a good job.

When it comes to the four note pattern at the end of the piece, I usually think of the tape loops so I can hear the gradual changes without getting ahead.

This was one of the last videos Michael Thallium recorded before he went back to Spain. I played the piece again later, but I wasn’t happy with it. I really liked the first time better because I felt less pressure. Thank you Michael for making this video. I enjoyed it.

Rachel Flowers
Long Live Rachel Flowers

A great 2012 – Music Makes Us Great

Wishing you all a great 2012 full of great events and bliss… And, of course, great music, too!