Joel left a comment for Mariza Costa-Cabral
"It is a lovely little picture of Cole Porter writing at the piano. I got tired of seeing that lousy cigarette in my mouth!

- Joel"
Nov 25, 2015
Mariza Costa-Cabral replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Wow!  So good, so good.  Really really good.  Really really enjoyable.  Old fashioned.  So what?  At some point the thread of classical music was broken -- we've gained a lot from the interim richness of experience and started valuable new threads!…"
May 16, 2015
22b8n9x97ddrd replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"You're quite welcome. Again, no rush, but it is a definite pleasure to have around these parts a true talent. Inspiration, too, as I'm sure you must know, can often be found in the most unlikely and unexpected places, I've noticed. Not, however,…"
May 8, 2015
Joel replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"I'm not sure. I don't get lots of time to compose, and when I do it's only worth anything if I feel inspired. I'll try and get something out rather quick for you guys. Thanks for the comment! Paul Smith said:
How long do you think it might be,…"
May 8, 2015
22b8n9x97ddrd replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"How long do you think it might be, Joel, before we're treated to another of your efforts? Really, I'm waiting with baited breath to see what you can come up with next. It's not, you understand, that I mean to rush you, however... Joel Wagner…"
May 6, 2015
Joel replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Thanks for some perspective! New stuff on the way.
Gav Brown said:
The moderism trend is there - I am myself an adherent of it. And I rarely comment on pieces written in old style approaches - but your piece was a fresh take, it didn't strike me as…"
May 6, 2015
Gavin Brown replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"The moderism trend is there - I am myself an adherent of it. And I rarely comment on pieces written in old style approaches - but your piece was a fresh take, it didn't strike me as old style at all. Another way you might look at it - you have a…"
May 6, 2015
roger stancill replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Hey there Joel, I listened to your piece again, except this time
I relaxed and closed my eyes. I was 'transported' to a laid back
piano bar/lounge circa 1940 .(maybe near Chicago)
Did you ever open for Count Bassie in a previous life?  lol      RS…"
May 5, 2015
Joel replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Thanks for the comment. You've certainly nailed down a few of my major influences. I love them all except Britten, who I am not familiar with. You say it's not derivative but the harmonies are certainly influenced by pre-modern music, and that's one…"
May 5, 2015
Gavin Brown replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Ever since I first heard this exceptional work I have been trying to put my finger on who it reminds me of. It's so fresh and original that to say that it sounds like anyone else particularly could be misinterpreted as me saying that it's…"
May 5, 2015
H. S. Teoh replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Absolutely lovely! Short and sweet, with lots of fresh ideas that are seamlessly integrated into the whole in a logical sequence... I wish I could write piano pieces this well!
Agree with Gav -- the hardest pieces to write are the short ones,…"
May 4, 2015
Gavin Brown replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Further comment: I think short pieces are terrifically hard to do well. Like short short stories, you have to grab the listener with a compelling idea from the first measure and carry them through the piece towards a logical and satisfying ending…"
May 2, 2015
Bobby Popolla replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"I really enjoyed this piece. It was fun and simply wonderful!"
May 1, 2015
22b8n9x97ddrd replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Excellent. Light and playful and very assured of itself. Keep doing whatever all you're doing, man, it's working for you. "
May 1, 2015
Dave Ostrowski replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Brilliant Joel.  I did't think it was playable at first, but apparently so.  You're good dude.  Nice piece.  Very fluid.
D"
May 1, 2015
roger stancill replied to Joel's discussion Improvisation
"Johan, as a self taught fumbling amateur, I'll second what you've said here.(and Michael)
Some day, If I live long enough, one of the goals on my musical bucket list, is to
simply sit down at the piano and play, as in an improvisation, exactly what…"
Apr 30, 2015
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