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In "Improvisations on the Ledge," award-winning composer-pianist Peter Saltzman searches for universal truths by stumbling upon them—both with words and music. The basic premise is simple: he improvises on the piano, then talks about what the music tells him. Then makes music about what the talking tells him. Then...well, it goes on like this. Droll, funny, dramatic, musical, short.

In "Improvisations on the Ledge," award-winning composer-pianist Peter Saltzman searches for universal truths by stumbling upon them—both with words and music. The basic premise is simple: he improvises on the piano, then talks about what the music tells him. Then makes music about what the talking tells him. Then...well, it goes on like this. Droll, funny, dramatic, musical, short.
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In "Improvisations on the Ledge," award-winning composer-pianist Peter Saltzman searches for universal truths by stumbling upon them—both with words and music. The basic premise is simple: he improvises on the piano, then talks about what the music tells him. Then makes music about what the talking tells him. Then...well, it goes on like this. Droll, funny, dramatic, musical, short.

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English

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Episodes

#8: Everything is Related to Everything Else...and so what

5/17/2019
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Melodies aren't infinite, so don't sue me if my tune "sounds" somewhat like "yours."​

Duration:00:11:02

#7-Fear of Musical Simplicity, Part #0

5/8/2019
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The last episode was a rant in defense of musical complexity; this one​, of course, takes the opposite view. Sort of.

Duration:00:10:08

#6: Fear of Musical Complexity, Part 1

5/6/2019
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Part 1 of a rant (that will undoubtedly have many parts) on why we are so afraid of musical complexity.

Duration:00:08:24

#0: Trailer (show overview)

5/3/2019
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A quick overview of what you'll hear on "Improvisations on the Ledge"...

Duration:00:00:58

#5: Inappropriate Chords For Church - 4-28-19

4/29/2019
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A simple hymn-like tune gone wrong...because that's what I do.

Duration:00:07:09

#4: Appropriately Appropriating

4/26/2019
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In this episode I dissect one of my pop tunes from the 1980s and the way in which it appropriates multiple styles across the world and centuries—which is not only a good thing but completely natural. So get over it...

Duration:00:12:59

#3: Game Winning Shot (or Not)

4/24/2019
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A reboot of Improvisations on the Ledge as a solo act (for now.) Somehow I conflate my free improvisation here with Damian Lillard's game and series-winning shot the other night.

Duration:00:06:04

#2: Another Trip Around The Sun

1/6/2019
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It’s the New Year’s show for the rest of us. Those of us, anyway, who can’t stand year-end summaries, top ten lists, and “Auld Lang Syne” Actually, we love that tune but wonder why this classic New Year’s song is all about the past...In the episode, I also introduce a new one minute song from my album, One Human Minute: "Another Trip Around the Sun."

Duration:00:16:40

Pilot: Jingle Jews

12/21/2018
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The premiere episode of the podcast "Improvisations on the Ledge" in which Award-winning musician Peter Saltzman and polymath-provocateur D-Cubed engage in a freestyle battle of wits with music and words. At once topical and untypical, the two joust over everything from the connection between hip-hop and Bach to the question of why Jews have written so many great Christmas songs.

Duration:00:54:45