Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Andrew D’Angelo discusses creativity and plays a set of engaging improvisations in a trio with guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and bassist James Ilgenfritz. Contemplating the performer’s relationship to their own inner creative energy, D’Angelo poses the question, “Who is the one doing the creating?”. On Friday, January 25, 2008, D’Angelo suffered a major seizure while driving in Brooklyn. In the wake of his dramatic battle with brain cancer, D’Angelo experienced transformative growth and has deepened his connection to his own inner creator. Lately, D’Angelo has been sharing his thoughts on this pursuit with younger musicians in Brooklyn and overseas. In conversation with James Ilgenfritz, D’Angelo recalls workshops from the first part of 2010, and talks about how free improvisation and the process of teaching his compositions to young aspiring improvisers has helped shape his outlook on creativity.
Andrew D’Angelo’s charismatic presence and iconoclastic musical ambition have been well-established over the course of his twenty year plus career and his key roles in bands like Human Feel, the Matt Wilson Quartet and Tyft. His dedication to pushing his limits and his willingness to delve into new musical areas have been powerful inspirations to his peers and to a new generation of improvisors. His forceful tone and aggressive improvisational style have made him one of the most influential alto saxophonists of his time.
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