Metaphorsisis….. new in a series.

 

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Greetings earthlings !  It has been a long,but restless autumn.  Leaves seemed to stay on the trees longer, the killing frosts didn’t come until after the sobering,chilling election.

I noticed a few things this fall.

Each time i put my music on line, it seems that i am almost guaranteed that i will NOT get paid for it.  So, i want to concentrate on releasing my music,  on a fairly regular basis.

While it is a big event to make big releases…. is that what I want to do?  I can’t afford to put out a big  fancy project as often as i want.  So what should I do?

the solution came to me….

-Put out frequent small releases.  Low budget, handmade covers.  focused, well recorded.

VOILA !  the first of this series is ” Metaphorsisis”…

 A few friends suggested that i do a solo piano CD.  This is ironic, as i am really an ensemble player.   But this fall seemed like the right time.  Most of it I recorded on October 7th, and some of it last year.  I was able to put this together without a lot of perseveration.

This CD is less than 21 minutes long… enough to get through in a listening.  Just because a person can make a 70 minute CD, does it mean they should? How many folks never get to the last song?

I  designed the cover,and drew them.  all 150. It has been a grounding experience!

They are only 7$. Of course, if you like, you can send me more.img_2757

EQUINOX SHOW !!! Friday, Sept 23rd

Harvest time.  This Friday should be a national holiday: it is the birthday of John Coltrane!  For me, it is a day of celebration.On this  auspicious night, you can celebrate by coming to the SW craft bar: 111 Kellog BLVD in Lowertown, to catch Todd Harper &the Possibilities. 8-11. a great stage, friendly food & beverages, and  happy people!

This 5 piece ensemble extends where the “blue note” left off: two powerful, lyrical horns,  ( tenor sax & trumpet, of Chris Hagedorn, Larry Sims) supported by the section of Eric Coursen( drums) Aaron Kerr ( electric cello) and facilitated by Todd Harper ( electric piano).

Coltrane will be played, as well as  the  very groovy, latin, jazz waltz, original/local, and surprises.  This configuration is beginning to gel.  Be there. or be “L 7.”

Todd Harper & The Possibilities

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Todd Harper &  the Possibilities. .

Friday, July 29th  SW craft bar    111 Kellog Blvd East  St. Paul

651-224-2019  swcraftbar.com

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Todd Harper & Possibilities is an open ended musical community, unified by the desire to bring original and uplifting music to light.  Tonight’s line up will be a quintet:

Todd Harper, electric piano/ composer, leader. Eric Coursen, drums. Jim Bierma, acoustic bass. Chris Hagedorn, tenor saxophone; Larry Sims,trumpet.

This evening will be very groovy: the fluid  horn harmonies; backed by a rhythm section that holds up the world. Starts where the ” Blue Note funky school” left off. Larry and Chris really cook together.

This is happy music: it blurs genres- it  invites you in:- there is no secret handshake.

Tonight’s line up will have some Bacharach, some Herbie ( both Hancock and Mann) .. some Wayne ( Shorter) some  Todd Harper, some Carei Thomas. Jazz waltz.  and somethings…

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CD Release Party, Giveaway, Raffle, and Raspberry jam party!

Friday, July 8th 5:30-7:30  Black Dog St. Paul.

The official “drop” of Todd Harper’s latest work…. ” 9th stream music”. This little disc is happy collection of surprises. Harper’s compositions combine the familiar and unexplored in a refreshing, personal way, which goes beyond simple genre descriptions.  The musicians intuitively sense the nature of these songs, and bring it with power.  Whisper Drummer Eric Coursen; Electic/electric cellist Aaron Kerr; the huge sound of soprano saxophonist Nathan Hanson… they will all be here.  Featured on the disc also is the young lyrical Keith Yanes on bass viol.

The ensemble will play selections from the CD, a few surprises, and raffle/giveaway things, things, and other things! ( format is still being constructed)  Jam!  CDs!  DVD!  Things ! :)   Be very groovy. Be there.  Todd will take a summer sabbatical and return  on August 19th.

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9th Stream Music !

Jazz for Close Quarters

On 9th Stream Music, Todd Harper brings to life the intimacy and warmth of his live performances. The bright sound of Nathan Hanson’s saxophone lights the path between Harper’s original compositions and arrangements and memories of summer nights with old friends. The arrangements are simple but elegant, and they include several catchy “ear worm” tunes, like “Libby’s Lunch” and “Are Your Friends Spiders?”. This disc would be great fun for the entire family. I highly recommend 9th Stream Music. I suspect there’s a story behind each song, which is great fun to imagine while being transported into Todd’s happy place.

Chaunce Stanton
Author and Abecederian Jazz Critic

IT’s here ! It’s here!  Todd Harper’s new disc, 9th Stream music is now available to the World!  9 songs, 8 by Todd Harper, (and one by his good friend Carei Thomas. 3 latin tunes. 3 waltes. two  ” ballads”;  one ‘bouncy”

Simple, elegant cover design and original artwork by Joe Maurer.  Todd Harper, piano. Eric Coursen, the whisper drummer. Aaron Kerr, eclectic, electric cello. Nathan Hanson, soprano saxophono. Keith Yanes, bass viol.

this is bigger than “3rd stream”. Everyone can name 9 influences; maybe it shifts here , there, river like, after floods of inspiration, and dry spells.  The river is never  exactly the same from year to year.   More to say on this later.

The new CD…. one tune

Spiders, not always itsy bitsy, not always climbing up the water spout.  Do they mean you harm?

Todd Harper & The Possibilities

Todd Harper &  the Possibilities. .

Friday, July 29th  SW craft bar    111 Kellogg Blvd East  St. Paul

651-224-2019  swcraftbar.com

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Todd Harper & Possibilities is an open ended musical community, unified by the desire to bring original and uplifting music to light.  Tonight’s line up will be a quintet:

Todd Harper, electric piano/ composer, leader. Eric Coursen, drums. Jim Bierma, acoustic bass. Chris Hagedorn, tenor saxophone; Larry Sims,trumpet.

This evening will be very groovy: the fluid  horn harmonies; backed by a rhythm section that holds up the world. Starts where the ” Blue Note funky school” left off. Larry and Chris really cook together.

This is happy music: it blurs genres- it  invites you in:- there is no secret handshake.

Tonight’s line up will have some Bacharach, some Herbie ( both Hancock and Mann) .. some Wayne ( Shorter) some  Todd Harper, some Carei Thomas. Jazz waltz.  and somethings which will surprise you! Frenesi.

It’s a great place to play… good sound. excellent ambiance, stellar food and drink.

You can also buy Harper’s new CD  ” 9th stream music” there as well.

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