At some point early in life, the concept came to me to absorb all musical styles available, from “high art” to “low art”. Then, when a particular musical situation came along, my idea would be to choose the appropriate sounds or structure as a basis for a composition or arrangement. This approach still works for me today as a performer and composer.
Two big influences happened while at the Berklee School of Music in Boston in 1969-70. Meeting and studying with jazz trombonist /arranger Phil Wilson set me on a path of listening to the inner content of an
After Berklee, I studied microtonal and just tunings with John Grayson on Vancouver Island, and later with Lou Harrison in Aptos, California. Not only did these two introduce me to the unlimited possibilities of tunings with examples from other cultures around the world,
An interview with Jan Jorgensen from the organization SOAR