Effective Monday, October 1st I will deactivate all my Facebook accounts. 

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The lack of preemptive measures to protect the personal information of 

Facebook users and the news that sensitive data was sold to foreign entities is more than I am comfortable with. 

My website lists numerous ways to contact me.

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I apologize for any inconvenience.

December 4, 2018

After updating both software and hardware I have decided to release a remastered version of Halebi.

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Listeners will hear a cleaner, more balanced mix. The overall clarity is a vast improvement over the original 2017 release. 

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As always, constructive criticism is welcome and encouraged.

October 29, 2018

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So…this is a follow up on my first blog post “I do not fit in a box”. This might be a temporary resolution to how to respond to the “what kind of music do you write?”

query:

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For the time being I will reply

Then I can watch as they cock their heads like a confused canine.

July 28, 2018

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Čoček describes a family of traditional Rom (Gypsy) dances from the southern Balkans.  Most čočeks are in 4/4 rhythm, although 7/8 and 9/8 versions are also common. http://andybettis.com/dance/steps/Chochek.html

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Čoček was composed between February and July of this year. The main theme 

was completed at the end of May. 

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Every effort was made to stay within the confines of a traditional Gypsy scale

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And the rhythm has a pulse in 4/4 time that is strictly a čoček rhythm.  

4/4 = 3+3+2

  

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After a retreat to Mt. Shasta California I composed a B section that I now refer to 

as “The Mount Shasta Interlude”. It begins on the recording at 2:10.  As this style 

is prominent in the repertoire of many Romani brass bands, I added a 4 measure chord with French horns.  It then returns to the A section theme played on solo violin and santur concluding with a 9 note coda.

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The forces employed combine traditional Roma instruments with orchestra. 

This fusion of genres could be labeled as “Neoclassical-Gypsy”.

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Čoček is available from CD Baby® at this link:

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