Trombonist – Composer – Educator


christian pincock & COLLABORATORS

Tightrope fearlessly walks between order and chaos, combining improvisation with composition in unusual ways. Christian Pincock (valve trombone and custom electronics) and a variety of collaborators perform this daring feat with loose groove-driven movements, ambient interludes and routines of curiously-shifting harmonies using original material, jazz standards and more as supports for their highwire act. Will they cross the chasm safely? Listen and find out!

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Modifications of the Mind incorporates improvisation into a fixed compositional structure. The 6 parts (after the introduction) are performed in real-time based on loosely organized instructions and durations. It is performed on electric valve trombone, a valve trombone outfitted with buttons and sensors to provide control over a computer program developed with MAX/MSP which alters the sound of the trombone in unique and surprising ways.

Modifications of the Mind represents the Yoga Ashtanga outlined by the ancient sage Patanjali. These practices from the Yoga Sutras have become the basis for many branches of modern Yogic philosophy and can be seen as a guidebook for living a peaceful and contented life.