by Sean Greene
Si y Si
“Si y Si ” for two tubas was commissioned by Geoff Shoesmith at McGill University for an upcoming recital. He was familiar with some of my jazz writing and wanted something with a really strong groove that would be fun to play. I wanted to incorporate some of the Latin aspects of the great salsa dance bands I had been hearing around Madison, primarily “Madisalsa” (www.madisalsa.com), of which several of my friends are members. This music relies heavily on the 2+3 clavé —kind of a rhythmic ostinato— and a syncopated tumbao bassline, which moves the downbeat of each bar slightly ahead of where one counting quarter notes would expect it to be. The excitement of the piece lies in the rhythmic energy and complex rhythms. For those not acquainted with “Latin” rhythms, this complexity makes working up Si y Si for performance a rewarding counting exercise. The tempo printed is merely a suggestion and the piece can be quite effective at a much slower tempo. Si y Si is part of a three-volume work of jazz duets, trios, and quartets for tubas and euphoniums published by Beautidel Music Press (beautideljazz.com).
Sean Greene teaches on the music faculty at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he teaches applied tuba and euphonium and leads the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. He is also principal tubist with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Brassanueva Quintet. His main tuba influences include John Stevens, Roger Bobo, Lance Nagels, Sande MacMorran, Dan Perantoni, Winston Morris, Andrew Oppenheim, and Bill Thiessen. He has studied composition and arranging with Les Thimmig, Joan Wildman and John Stevens. Sean holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in tuba performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Willson Performing Artist. He lives in Madison with his wife Melissa, their daughter Addie and their two dogs, Sophie and Brünnhilde.
Other works by Sean Greene (published by Beautidel Music Press—beautideljazz.com):
Jazz Duets for Tuba , Books I & II
Jazz Trios and Quartets for Tubas and Euphoniums
Pesado Amor for Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
Episodes for Tuba and Piano
A Methodical Approach to the Instrument: Daily Warm-Up and the Maintenance of Fundamental Skills for Tuba and Euphonium
Arr. “Agnus Dei” from L’Homme Armeé Mass by Josquin Desprez for 8 trombones
The S.B. Shuffle for young jazz ensemble
The Funky Ones for young jazz ensemble
Many thanks to Sean Greene for his contribution to the ITEA Gems Series . Please take a moment and visit his website (beautideljazz.com). Sean is a wonderful talent as a composer, educator, and performer. Check out his music!