Born 02-19-1950 in Detroit, MI I have been involved with the arts for most of my life. I began studying the alto sax at the age of 14 in middle school and have been playing/ studying in varying capacities since. After periodic explorations of drama, poetry, architecture, visual art, a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. and a stint in Europe, I arrived in NYC in 1989 with my family and an alto sax. In the past 18 years I have been actively involved with the NYC Improv Scene: Amica Bunker, the Improvisers Collective and most recently the C.O.M.A. series at ABC No-Rio recent as in the past 10 years As a composer I have incorporated traditional musical scoring techniques with visual/graphical and performance oriented presentations and a simple philosophy- sound and vision are inter-related in life and art resulting in communication. Although primarily an alto saxophonist I play a number of reed, flute, percussion and string instruments at varying degrees of competency per composition requirements and recently began including computer altered sound files in performance as background for improvisation. Currently my instruments of choice are: Alto, Tenor & Soprano Saxophones Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Cl & Bb Bass Cl
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Gordon Marshall March 2011
THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
Human beings spend their lives trying not to be alone.
Once they find company, they begin the elusive search
to rediscover their initial solitude. In music, the solo
recording reflects this contradictory quest. In many
ways it is the most intriguing form, both for fan and
artist, and once finally attempted, it is charged with a
discernible aspiration to retrieve the ensemble format.
First to come to mind on the first track of tenor
saxophonist Blaise Siwula’s Live in London, “Stutter’s
Waltz”, is Peter Brötzmann in the stammering orgies of
deep tones and harmonics