03 September 2016
News

O Holy Night & Greensleeves reviewed in Clavier

The most recent issue of Clavier magazine has a wonderful review of my jazz arrangements for "O Holy Night" and "Greensleeves".  The review appears on pages 54 and 55 of the September/October 2016 issue.  Both of these arrangements can be found in my catalog under the Christmas Jazz Piano heading (Advanced Level).  
04 July 2015
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Two New Arrangements

  Lately I have been concentrating on music for the Christmas season.   I have a classical and jazz background, however, lately I have been concentrating my efforts in the area of jazz. My most recent arrangement,  “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”   is a completely jazz effort.  I started the arrangement in a bluesy fashion that evolved into a soft, laid back jazz sound with a walking bass accompaniment. I finished out the arrangement with a stride bass.  The styles are ... 
14 May 2015
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Improvising in Music

Improvising in Music Improvising in music has a long history.  For example, in the Baroque, it was standard practice to improvise a repeated section.  The important point to keep in mind when improvising on a written piece of music is to maintain the basic integrity of the written music.  Improvising music is to make the music your own.  That is, to express your thoughts and feelings about the musical subject through your interpretation. Here are four basic ways you can ... 
24 February 2015
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New Releases - "I'm Nobody" and "Londonderry Air"

"I'm Nobody" - arranged by Nick Raspa for piano & mezzo soprano voice - This is a setting of the highly popular Emily Dickinson poem which begins with the words "I'm Nobody".  Although the key signature indicates C Major, this is a non-tonal work.  The piano opens the work with an arpeggiated chord announcing the entrance of the singer.  The voice part includes sung, spoken and whispered text with supporting piano accompaniment. "Londonderry Air" - arranged by Nick Raspa for solo ... 
14 February 2015
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Ocean Voyage for String Orchestra is now available

Just as there is an element of danger in taking a trip across the ocean, there is the excitement of the voyage and the promise of a new experience visiting a place you have never been before.  The trip itself is an adventure since you will spend several days aboard the ship, and in days that have long since faded from the calendar, these trips took weeks and even months. Ocean Voyage is my attempt to capture the spirit of the adventure and excitement of such a trip. ... 
29 January 2015
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Ocean Voyage

I am currently finalizing a new piece for string orchestra - Ocean Voyage.  It should be ready shortly.