by Dan Senn
for Flute, Piano and 'Cello
duration 5-6 minutes

Jazz Impolitica was composed at Waterhouse Studio in Watertown, Wisconsin and completed on
 February 2, 2020. It is for flute, piano and ‘cello
 with a duration of 5-6 minutes.

The work evolved from the Raku Composition Program (RCP) developed by the composer in the 1980s at the Canberra School of Music in Australia and then at the University of Illinois, Urbana. This software was used to generate the macro structure of JI leaving the foreground decisions to the whim of the composer such as instrumentation, articulation, voice leading, metrics, phrasing, etc. The RCP was one of the first compositional software systems to generate a traditional score with midi output.

Jazz Impolitica, from its earliest conception, was meant to be a quasi jazz composition using the RCP.  As a student of Sal Martirano, bee-bop jazz was as ubiquitous at the U of I, as was the invention of  computer-based musical systems. As a deeply interdisciplinary artist, even more closely aligned with the fluxus movement, Senn was strongly influenced by the visual art, dance and music of the 1970s by composers Martirano and Cage, filmmaker Phill Niblock, and visual artist Leonard Stach and Robert Rauschenberg.

Jazz Impolitica translates to “rude jazz” as it cuts its own jazzy course through the maze of data produced by the generating software.

The full score and parts are available from the composer  but may be previewed as a video here. Sound alone of the entire piece scan be heard by clicking play below.

Dan Senn (Prague-Watertown) is an intermedia artist working in music composition and production, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia and travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist. He lives in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner-collaborator, Caroline Senn. Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. Dan is cofounder of Roulette Intermedium in New York City, Cascadia Composers of Portland Oregon, and the Echofluxx media festivals in Prague. (read more).