Songs and Improvisation
Mal Barron has been playing jazz in northeast Ohio and Cleveland for over 40 years. He has led many ensembles of different sizes for various performances and can be heard as a contributing member with the Tumbadors and a saxophone quartet that performs at the annual Parade on the Circle. Concerts range from two duo performances at The Swingin' Jazz Fest held at Blossom Music Festival, a guest soloist with the Contemporary Music Coalition at Caine Park, to museum concerts as part of the large ensemble ,the Tumbadors. When not teaching at Academy Music, Mal spends time composing in different genres of music. Typically his songs are presented in jazz performances and recordings. The songs tend to be lyrical and rather than groove tunes, are ready for words. Four saxophone quartets ,five flute quartets, a series of multiphonic flute etudes are part of his body of written works. Jazz and Brazilian composers are the most common musical influences . Mal , an avid fisherman, cited in a radio interview that listening to the sounds of Lake Erie and the unique music of the forest as being among the most significant sound influences. Sounds of a city, the abstract textured pulsing, are part of the mix as well. Open to recording outside of his preferred genre, Barron is a featured soloist on Soda for a Symphony Jerk , an extended piece by the heavy metal group Intra on Mushroom Records. Mal has performed with many great musicians that have some sort of Cleveland connection ...some with national reputations like Greg Bandy, Paul Samuels, Frank Barrett, Bob Rodriguez and some very talented players that are known only in the small circles of jam sessions held in smoky joints in the city. Doug Dostal-Pianist and composer Douglas J. Dostal is a 35 year veteran of the Cleveland music scene. He has played in groups ranging from pop to blues to avante garde. He has also worked as a sound engineer for Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Crawford and Ahmad Jamal. Doug is a prolific composer and offers a wide range of style and concept to his compositions. Some of the songs have identifiable influences while others offer a truly unique and different approach to composition. Imagine Monk's style of composition.....was there anyone before him writing similarly ? As Monk's style of composition is clearly non-derivative, some of Dostal's compositions are equally as creative and fresh.
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