CURRENT ARTISTSAhmad Jamal --- Samuel Blaser --- Hendrik Meurkens --- Walter Norris --- Bill Warfield --- Debra and Dani Gurgel --- Joe Locke --- Tamir Hendelman---Steven Chelliah---Fred Hersch --- Jack DeJohnette --- Hans Jörn Brandenberg --- Dominick Farinacci --- Javon Jackson --- Kirk MacDonald --- JJ Johnson -- Cedar Walton --- Ric Frank---Billy Taylor --- Donald Vega --- Benny Green --- Oscar Peñas --- Bennie Wallace --- Russell Malone --- Gonzalo Rubalcaba ---Michael Jefry Stevens
Organic Music Theory provides a radical perspective on creative production. Given elements supplied by nature and history, creativity is simply a matter of choice; anyone who has ever made a choice is ‘creative.’ However, instead of relying on recipes created by individuals of the past, OMT facilitates each of us to compose languages of the future, making creative choices directly from naturally occurring—organic—and self-organized universal elements. Based on theory that began in the modal period in jazz, Ben Schwendener clearly explains and then expands this perspective into a broad range of applications. This important work is intended not only for musicians, but for anyone sensing the existence of a larger realm of creative choice.
Composer / pianist Ben Schwendener sustains a unique voice in contemporary creative music and is a leading authority on George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, which he assisted Russell in teaching at the New England Conservatory from 1986 to 2004. and continues to teach at NEC and Longy School of Music of Bard College. With this book, Schwendener offers a new direction in natural pedagogy and dialogue-based arts education, establishing Organic Music Theory and Universal Musical Elements as primary creative sources, and has given lectures, workshops and seminars at Universities around the USA and at institutions around the world.