Meditations

by Dave Nelson

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This is a set of improvisations for trombone & effect pedals that focus on the breath as music. Some notes (exhalations) are long and smooth, some short and pulsating, and some soar over everything to comment on what's below.

Breathing is a source of life, and playing a wind instrument (one that requires breath to produce a sound) allows me to practice awareness and control of the breath while ultimately being guided by music itself. This creates a meditative feedback loop in which the breath informs the music and the music informs the breath.

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

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released 05 March 2015

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Dave Nelson Brooklyn, New York

Dave Nelson is a trombonist/composer/multi-instrumentalist living in New York. Working in both pop (David Byrne, The National, Sufjan Stevens) and contemporary classical (Talea, ICE, John Adams) genres, Dave draws from his varied experience to create his own musical concoctions. ... more

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