Not knowing exactly what to expect I visited the concert of Allan Holdsworth, ex-Zappa Terry Bozzio and ex-King Crimson Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto in the Boerderij Zoetermeer. As Terry Bozzio explained during the performance, all music would be 100% improvised, played for the first time, and no rehearsals had been taking place. The result was a strong percussion/drums oriented improvisation with Mastelotto often taking the lead with a basic groove and nice electronic percussion effects, rounded off with fills from Bozzio. On top of this some typical washy swelling Holdsworth chords with an occasional solo, added with bottom-end and distorted chords from Levin. For beat/percussion lovers it probably was an inspiring concert, to my taste it was a little too free format with lots of repetition going on and too little harmonic/melodic surprises mixed in. But hey, what can you expect, if everything is completely improvised: rhythm dominates!
I like music, especially making music. I listen to a lot of different stuff, but I like soul, jazz and fusion music most. I like to develop and experiment with tools to make music performance and improvisation on the spot more exciting. It is fun when unexpected musical things happen during a performance!
In recent years I developed the MIDI real-time Harmonizer, a tool for generating harmonized chords when playing a solo line. Inspired by the work of saxophonist Michael Brecker, I started to develop this tool to run on Mac and PC. Brecker played the Electronic Wind Instrument and used the Oberheim Xpander synth to generate random chords from an EWI solo line. Now you can accomplish the same thing with the MIDI real-time Harmonizer driving your own favourite (plugin) synths.