for solo cello and unspecified jazz band
Written for cellist Matthew Barley and the house band at Club Inégales, Major Minor Buzz is a 'one-page score' – a Club Inégales specialty, which encourages composers to create snippets of thematic material that the house band then expands upon in improvisation, and which has drawn musical responses from a range of composers, including James MacMillan, John Woolrich, and Peter Wiegold.
However, Major Minor Buzz functions both as a basis for free improvisation and as a through-composed piece. Notated for solo cello with additional chord symbols and instructions for accompanying band or ensemble, it develops material through a series of twelve sections, taking listeners on a journey through a changeable landscape of lyrical cello lines, jazz-infused harmonies, and scorching rhythms.
Duration: c. 6 mins with the possibility of extending the piece for soloing and improvisation.