for bass clarinet and marimba

for Transient Canvas

duration: ca. 2 minutes

This work is based on a microtiming of a fragment from Thelonious Monk's improvisation on "Body and Soul" [Remake Take 3] recorded at Columbia Records, 30th Street Studio, New York City, on 31 October 1962 and released in 1998 on the CD Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo Studio Recordings 1962-1968 [C2K 65495]. It superimposes the Monk material with a stride pattern that spans the full range of the instrument. 

"I used to have a phobia about pictures or anything on a wall hanging just a little bit crooked. Thelonious cured me. He nailed a clock to the wall at a very slight angle, just enough to make me furious. Finally I got used to it. Now anything can hang at any angle and it doesn't bother me at all." 
— Nellie Monk, quoted in "The Private World of Thelonious Monk" by Nat Hentoff, Esquire, April 1960

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