Instrumental music is a universal language, and I believe the world needs more of it. Not specifically more jazz, more classical, new age or more epic pop/rock "symphonies". Just modern instrumental music created for an eclectic audience who enjoy the rich rhythmic and sonic diversity available to us today. As a lover of instrumental pop songs since I was a child, my singular passion is to create “Chamber Jazz Pop” music – a blend of electronica, jazz, pop/rock and an intimate chamber orchestra ensemble.
Attempting to be relevant to our modern busy lives, I prefer to write in a shorter "Songs Without Words" style - music of song length and form that can tell a story, evoke emotion, stimulate the intellect and create pictures in the mind, and all without a single word being uttered.
Felix Mendelssohn probably said it best - “Even if I had a particular word or words in mind, I would not tell anyone, because the same word means different things to different people. People usually complain that (instrumental) music is so ambiguous, and what they are supposed to think when they hear it is so unclear, while words are understood by everyone. But for me it is exactly the opposite...what the music I love expresses to me are thoughts not too indefinite for words, but rather too definite.”
And from Carlos Santana - “I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time.”
While I'm yet to perform my music live, it is written for a 16 piece ensemble of:
- 7 or 8 Strings – 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli and sometimes 1 bass.
- 3 Wind/Brass – from modern trumpet and two saxes on some tracks, to more traditional clarinet, horn and bassoon on others. On some tracks I mix it up, with baritone sax and bassoon being a particularly favourite “bottom end” combination.
- 2 Percussionists – frequently pop/rock drum kit and percussion, but sometimes just a mix of “world” or traditional orchestral percussion overlaying electronic rhythm tracks.
- 3 or 4 Keyboards & Guitars - on some tracks this is traditional piano, guitar, bass and synth/organ. On other more electronic tracks there can be just 3 or 4 synthesizer parts.
On this site you'll find a mixture of my own work and some arrangements I've produced of classic, well known instrumental pieces. I sincerely hope they bring pleasure to your life.
Robert Cook Sier