August 6th 2020
Released new Walt Whitman Songbook.

Walt Whitman Songbook – A Song of the Rolling Earth
by Craig Pallett

The Earth’s Words (feat. Tiffany Pfeiffer)
Amelioration (feat. Philip W. Riegle)
Never Fail (feat. Kei Slaughter)
Three Hundred and Sixty–Five (feat. Stephanie Meyers)
Whoever You Are! (feat. Dawn Clement)
I Swear (feat. Mario Inchausti)
Tones of Souls (feat. Jo-Hannah Reynolds)
Laws for Creations (feat. Marjorie Halloran & Michael Garrett Steele)
On the Beach at Night Alone (feat. Peter Spencer)
France, The 18th Year of these States. (feat. Sarah LeMieux)

Composed by Craig Pallett
Text by Walt Whitman
Copyright 2020 Affinity Systems (BMI)
Based on the 2019 Songbook of the same title available on Amazon.

Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered – Craig Pallett

Vocals – Tiffany Pfeiffer, Philip W. Riegle, Kei Slaughter, Stephanie Meyers, Dawn Clement, Mario Inchausti, Jo-Hannah Reynolds, Marjorie Halloran, Michael Garrett Steele, Peter Spencer and Sarah LeMieux

All Programming, Orchestrations, Arrangements, Digital Manipulation – Craig Pallett
Percussion Arrangements and performances by David Crigger, Jessica Collado and Craig Pallett
Additional performance by Steve Bartek and Leon Gaer on ‘I Swear’

June 24th 2020
40 minute video created for the May 15th 2020 – Mary Rowell ‘Meditations for Violin’ release party. Full high resolution version, used by TURNmusic for the online event. First 10 minutes is a placeholder which allows viewers time to logon and access.

Mary Rowell & Craig Pallett – Meditations for Violin – Release Party – TURNMusic from Affinity Systems on Vimeo.

Released May 19th 2020
New Video created by Andy West – West & Pallett – Zen Walk

May 17 2020 Review of the Meditations for Violin Release Party.
Strange having someone review a release party.

Music Review_ Have violin and dog, will travel _ Vermont Arts _ timesargus.com

Released May 15th 2020
New Video – Mary Rowell and Craig Pallett – Blueberries from Meditations for Violin

Released April 13 2020

Meditations for Violin
Mary Rowell
Craig Pallett

Circle of Light – 17:38
Lisbon – 5:23
Blueberries – 10:26
Vermont Tornado – 12:46

Violin – Mary Rowell
Composer, Electronics, Programming, Keyboards – Craig Pallett
Produced by – Craig Pallett and Mary Rowell
Engineered and Mastered – Craig Pallett
Recorded October 2019 – Affinity Studios Vermont
Cover Design – Chris Demers

Circle of Light uses additional Midi data originally created by Steve Kaplan in 1987, re-programmed by Craig Pallett

Two Vermonters struggle to express the clear reality of the world we now appear to be living in. Sounds like a plot that can only thicken but I am not going to try. One of the worlds great violinist, stopped by the studio in October 2019 one day, and she recorded these four compositions I created for her. Just her violin and my Mac. Enjoy.

Released April 12 2020

Mary Rowell & Craig Pallett – Vermont Tornado (Official Video)
Vermont Tornado
From the album Meditations for Violin

Vermont Tornado Video Credits
Video composite and editing – Craig Pallett

Live Video Credits
Premiere Performance
September 10, 2016
North Country Electronic Music Festival
ArtsRiot Burlington Vermont
Thanks to TURNmusic, Anne Decker, David Morneau, and Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
Video by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

April 22, 2017
Performed as part of Composers Concordance & Goddard Riverside Community Arts
‘Generations VII’ concert
Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center, New York, New York
Featuring Mary Rowell – violin, Justin Kantor – cello,
Kaoru Watanabe – flutes, CompCord Guitar Quartet:
Thanks to Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper and Composers Concordance

Additional footage Pixabay

Whitman-FrontCover-579x760A Walt Whitman Songbook
A Song of the Rolling Earth for Voice and Piano

Music by Craig Pallett based on the Walt Whitman Text

Released on May 15th 2019
Now Available:
Direct from the composer for only $16.99 + $5.00 shipping

Or other International retailers such as
Barnes and Noble

A Walt Whitman Songbook contains 10 new musical works by Vermont based composer Craig Pallett. This songbook was created for Voice and Piano. It primarily explores Whitman’s work called A Song of the Rolling Earth, from the 1891-92 edition of Leaves of Grass. The composer has not altered the natural flow of the text. Due to the length of A Song of the Rolling Earth he has broken the text into 7 different songs. The composer has named these, The Earths’s Words, Amelioration, Never Fail, Three Hundred and Sixty-Five, Whoever You Are!, I Swear and Tones of Souls primarily to help the public and musicians reference each song. Though it can be presented as a full suite, performance time is 35 minutes, each song can stand on it’s own as an individual work.

Besides A Song of the Rolling Earth, the songbook includes 3 other Whitman works from Leaves of GrassLaws for Creations, On the Beach at Night Alone and France, The 18th Year of these States.

From the Composers Notes.

“I chose not to alter Whitman’s text in any way. This includes not repeating material or changing the structure of the actual text, both of which might make the works more “song–like”. I wanted to have a sense of churning piano rhythms and patterns with a folk–like melody. Whitman’s works that I chose are very rhythmically segmented verses many of them flow from one rhythmic structure to another. Sometimes only 2 verses flow in the same fashion, and then proceed into different ideas and forms. At times, there is a singular verse that has no rhythmic relationship to any other verse in his text.”

Zen Walk Now Available on BandCamp for only $4

Andy West Craig Pallett
Zen Walk

Now Available from the following distributors
Apple Music

1. Zen Walk (7:10)
2. Beyond Words (6:16)
3. Heart Essence (5:57)
4. Echo (4:47)
5. The Point on the Wall (5:11)

All compositions by Andy West and Craig Pallett
Published by Affinity Systems (BMI) and KWBL, LLC(BMI)

Written, arranged, engineered, and produced by Andy West and Craig Pallett
Mixed by Craig Pallett at Affinity Studios Vermont
Cover photo by Tom Ranier

Andy West – Bass, Guitar, and Synth/Percussion/Midi Programming
Craig Pallett – Keyboards, Drums, Drum Programming, Electronics, Engineer, and Midi Programming.

Steve Kaplan – 1987 – Keyboards.
David Crigger – 1987 – Engineer

This music is dedicated to Steve Kaplan (1958-2003), who played many of the original keyboard parts which were recorded as midi files for ‘Heart Essence’, ‘Zen Walk’, ‘Beyond Words’, and ‘The Point on the Wall’. Hearing those recorded performances brought back the memory and joy of working with Steve so long ago, and we were inspired to use the original Midi data recordings to create new orchestrations and arrangements for those songs.

Download Tantra from BandCamp Below for only $5

New Tantra CD Now Available
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Digital Streaming and Downloads currently available online at:
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Craig Pallett – Trumpets, Flugelhorns, EVI Controllers, Electronics, Keyboards, Synths.
Steve Bartek – Guitars
Leon Gaer – Bass, Bass Dobro, Piccolo Bass
Andy West – Bass
David Crigger – Drums, Percussion
Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano, Synths.
Shelby Daniel – Vocals
Susan Ottzen – Harp (EU2)

All compositions by Craig Pallett
Produced and Mixed by Craig Pallett
Original tracks produced by David Crigger and Craig Pallett

Engineered by – David Crigger, Craig Pallett, Steve Kaplan, Steve Bartek, and Leon Gaer. Recorded at – Kaplan Studios Malibu and Thousand Oaks CA, Bartek Garage Santa Monica, CA, Crigger Recording in North Hollywood, CA, and Affinity Studios in Santa Barbara, CA, and South Royalton, VT

Eclectic collection of 12 new works from alternative composer Craig Pallett. Featuring 27 musicians from New York City, Los Angeles, Vermont and Sydney Australia. A soulful celebration of the wheel of life.
Now available directly from composer
CD $10.00 Shipping $5.00

All music composed by Craig Pallett
Wide Awake composed by Craig Pallett and David Crigger
All music published by Affinity Systems, Inc. (BMI)
Executive Producer – Craig Pallett
Producers – Don DiNicola, David Crigger, Steve Addabbo, Andy West.
Mastered by Don DiNicola
Steve Bartek – Guitars
David Crigger – Drums, Percussion, Electronics
Andy West – Bass
Jennifer Choi – Violin
Jay Anderson – Acoustic Bass
Fung Chern Hwei – Violin
Leon Gaer – Bass
Mary Rowell – Violin
Stephen Gosling – Acoustic Piano
David Cossin – Marimba, Drums, Shakers
Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin – Viola
Wendy Law – Cello
Ken Thomson – Soprano Sax
Alan Kaplan – Trombone
Yves Dharamraj – Cello
Peter Hess – Alto Sax
Katie Kresek – Viola
Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano
Alex Hamlin – Baritone Sax
Ronnie Gutierrez – Hand Drums, Percussion
Ed RosenBerg III – Tenor Sax
Craig Pallett – Trumpet, Keyboards, Electronics

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Zen Walk – Building New Music from Old MIDI Data

Thought it was time to write a new article about a new project that I just released, with Andy West, called Zen Walk. Andy and I decided to do a 5 tune release. We started several years ago, exchanging works which we thought might make a good package. We probably exchanged like 15 to 20 pieces to each other and decided to work on 5 of them.

Initial Project – 1989
Four of the Five pieces are actually from a project I created around 1989. My friend, keyboardist Steve Kaplan, asked me if I wanted to create meditation music for producer David Kershenbaum for a spiritual organization. So I proceeded to write like 10-12 new simple tunes, and convinced Steve Kaplan to show up at David Criggers studio, and we recorded one pass for each tune, of Steve playing a single keyboard, probably a Roland Jupiter 8 onto 2 track tape, and we recorded the Midi at the same time into a hardware based sequencer. All that still have of these sessions are the MIDI Files.

This is a Garage Band snapshot of Steve’s 1989 midi recording of the first 8 bars of one of the tunes called Beyond Words.

This is the actual lead sheet, Steve played from my sketches. A real simple melody with a few chords.

So at the time, I created 10 works designed for meditation, and eventually software like Sibelius arrived, and I translated all the lead sheets into Sibelius.
But besides a simple lead sheet, I have always had the original midi data, created by Steve to a synced click track, which allows you to open the data pretty much in any Digital Audio Workstation, and in either Sibelius or Finale notation software. Several of these works I have already used in other releases. So with Beyond Words, the original midi data is used to build the primary higher voice orchestration, both Andy and I decided to fully create this project using only Apple Logic, and use all the internal synthesizers and we built up these original tracks with a variety of different instruments, using MIDI filters to extract parts, and then expand them with different sounds and additional arpeggiated patterns. Andy for example, setup and programmed all the percussion sounds, and added an actual Electric bass, I created a secondary Wavy Organ part, and organized the over-all structure of the resulting track below.

True Freedom is a piece on my Ensembles CD, which is one of these original Steve Kaplan MIDI performances. True Freedom eventually became a multi-media piece for solo trombone, with additional musicians being added, Andy West on bass, Alan Kaplan on Solo Trombone, David Cossin played Live Drums and Percussion, and Ronnie Gutierrez played a variety of Hand Percussion, and I added 3 new Guitar Parts for Steve Bartek, an Acoustic Guitar, Electric Solo and EBOW Guitar. You can view this guitar score here… But I only used the original midi tracks and didn’t include Steve’s performance with release.

This is the eventual track which resulted, and was co-produced and mixed by Andy West for the Ensembles CD.

“Who Is That Who Is” was also originally one of these 10 works, and I re-orchestrated the original MIDI data into this eventual arrangement on the Tantra CD. It features Steve Bartek – Guitars, David Crigger – Live Drums, Leon Gaer – Bass, Steve Kaplan – Acoustic Piano Solo, Keyboards, Shelby Daniel – Vocals, Craig Pallett – Keyboards, Electronics.

For Zen Walk, Andy and I decided to use Steve’s actual recording, and the resulting MIDI data to re-create the tunes, Beyond Words, Heart Essence, A Point on the Wall, and Zen Walk.

zenwalkHandSo with the same process this original handwritten score for Zen Walk manifested into an actual score that we started with that looked like this. Zen Walk has this quarter note triplet melody, and originally used a simple bass part. Here is a original working track of Zen Walk before Andy and I started working on it for the actual release.

The Steve Kaplan tracks were scored and we started re-orchestrating, and this is a snapshot of the version above during the mid point, and looks like this.

Eventually Andy came up with a new highly dynamic bass line, we changed the speed, and started featuring an actual Acoustic Piano part. This is the final release track of Zen Walk.

So the new Zen Walk release features 4 of these tracks, that use Steve Kaplan’s original Midi recordings. Only “Echo” is a new West – Pallett work, and we have a few more new ones that push this direction forward that we hope to release soon, if there is enough interest.

Steve Kaplan, was a dear friend, an extraordinary musician, who is probably best known, for having composed the music for both the “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” themes, playing keyboards on hundreds of Movie Soundtracks, and as a member of the group ZaZen. He unfortunately died in a plane crash in 2003, and I miss him a lot.

You can get a copy of Zen Walk today from Band Camp.
It will be fully released to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Tidal April 9th 2019

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