Academic Course Descriptions


Artist Statement

Through musical reflections I realized that music had a philosophical, theoretical and practical usage in the construction of art objects; and that the creative music language consists of compositional forms (known musical elements) and improvisational forms (unknown musical elements). The composition and improvisation are constructed through musical activities and that special inspired musical moment that the artist/composer/performer wishes to reveal. For fifty years my research and artistic development has been in creating a musical notational language designed with compatible systems to illustrate my artistic expression. In the performance context the ensemble provides the key evidence for the success of the musical works and determines the quality of the composition / improvisation experience. Since 1967, all of my compositions, improvisations and ankhrasmation music for creative musicians employs systems of rhythm-units, melodic / sonic-units, and symbolic-units which are realized in the context of the music score and performance.


Leo Smith
, 10.25.09

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