Blaise Siwula, born 02-19-1950 in Detroit, MI. about Blaise Siwula.
I have been involved with the arts for most of my life. I began studying the alto sax at the age of 14 in middle school and have been playing/ studying in varying capacities since. After periodic explorations of drama, poetry, architecture, visual art, a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. and a stint in Europe, I arrived in NYC in 1989 with my family and an alto sax.
As a composer I have incorporated traditional musical scoring techniques with visual/graphical and performance oriented presentations and a simple philosophy- sound and vision are inter-related in life and art resulting in communication. Although primarily an alto saxophonist I play a number of reed, flute, percussion and string instruments at varying degrees of competency per composition requirements and recently began including computer altered sound files in performance as background for improvisation. Currently my instruments of choice are: Alto, Tenor &, Soprano Saxophones, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Cl &, Bb Bass Clarinet.
This has resulted in my performing and collaborating with an extreme variety of types of improvised musicians including… David Haney, Richard Russo, Guitarist Sten Hostfalt,Saulo Ferreira, Danny Martin, Paul LeGrande and Stuart King, Doug Walker’s Alien Planetscapes, Cecil Taylor’s Ptonagas, Microtone composer and guitarist John Gilbert, William Hooker’s Ensembles, Judy Dunaway’s Balloon Trio, Rowe Siwula Miano Trio, Dialing Privileges Trio with Dom Minasi and John Bollinger, BCJ Trio with Chris Welcome and John McCellan, A + B2 with Robert Marsh, Market Street Jazz with Ken Simon, Hal Onserud, Karen Borca and Jackson Krall, Dagaz Trio with William Parker and Michael Evans, BE Duet with Evan Gallagher, Tan Dun, Katsuyuki Itakura, Michael Khoury, The Improvisors Collective (NYC), Glass Factory with Donald Miller, Duet with Ravi Padmanabha, The B & B Duet with Bob Meyer, Erie Nites with Robyn Siwula, HSM with Gary Hassay and Toshi Makihara, Trio with Eyal Maoz and Dale Miller, The Jeff Platz Ensemble, Joseph Scianni, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, Music in the Foreground with Ge-Suk Yeo, the Slam trio with Adam Lane and Toshi Makihara, The Lower Eastside Social Club with Matty Paris, Gregory Wildes, Christobal Jacques and Drew Gardner, Expositions of Freedom Now! with Vattel Cherry and Jeff Arnal, MAMBO MANTIS with Bonnie Kane, Chris Welcome and Ray Sage.