A Snake the Color of the Sun

from Cello Noodles, Vol. IV by Betsy Tinney

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This month's piece is "A Snake the Color of the Sun," a strings-and-drum improv by Ménage à Trio. It was recorded in our sun-dappled front yard during a recent outdoor, socially-distanced band "rehearsal" -- the first time Ménage has been able to get together since March. We've really missed playing together, so that afternoon visit and improv session was truly balm for our hearts!

(Ménage à Trio is a string improv trio, with Betsy Tinney (cello), Sunnie Larsen (viola) and Alexander James Adams (fiddle). For this piece, we were joined by Marcos Duran (doumbek), Shawna Jacques (mandola), and an uninvited aeroplane. We make up music together spontaneously (without the aeroplane), often in response to audience prompts. There's no planning or signals or prearranged chords; we just play together, listening and responding to each other in a sort of musical mind meld -- and music comes out. And snakes, too, sometimes… lovely graceful ones the color of sunshine. Like this one.)


Photo description: A young "butter motley" corn snake, richly patterned in shades of sunny yellow, is undulating gracefully from right to left across a white background in the lower half of the photo. The text in the upper half reads, "A Snake the Color of the Sun: a string improv by Ménage à Trio".


from Cello Noodles, Vol. IV, track released August 31, 2020
Betsy Tinney (cello), Sunnie Larsen (viola), Alexander James Adams (fiddle), Marcos Duran (doumbek), Shawna Jacques (mandola), and an uninvited aeroplane. Recorded outdoors at Wild Pine on 8-9-20.


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