Travis Wesley

Pianist, Recording Artist, Recording Engineer, Composer, Educator & Musicologist

More On “Cycle By Three”

Posted on 11 June, 2013  in Around The Horn, Musical Activities

By definition, this record falls somewhere between a song cycle and a concept album.  Each of the seven pieces that I contributed was composed or arranged specifically for this album.  Bassist, Toby Curtright also contributed two compositions, For Us This Is The End Of All Stories and But He Himself Was Broken.  Prelude and Postlude serve as bookends and behave much like a theme and its variation. These two pieces contain concepts that are explored by the trio throughout the album: the use of the bass as a melodic voice, creative use of the pedal point, through-composed material and counterpoint.  We attempted to evoke feeling and human emotion through our musical interpretation, and we feel there is a deep, contemplative tone to the set of compositions as a whole.