Miscellaneous Audio - piano, chamber, experimental, jazz
Various recordings left over after filling the 10 slots in the audio project categories above.
Chamber Music - Audio
This work represents groups in size from from small ensembles to chamber orchestra. "I've been listening to Famous Lost Words and enjoying it very much. I'm looking forward to the other discs." – John Lewis – Arts and Culture Editor, Baltimore Magazine
Jazz Works - Audio
Audio from various recording recording sessions. "I must say that you have put a lot of work into this demo. I'm really not used to see this kind of demo (and I get quite a few!). Very professional! I appreciate your technique, touch and your way of building your solos" -J.S. - Ayler Records, Sweden
Most of my photos are of interesting things I come upon in my day-to-day travels. Some of these, like "Storm Front," I've used in my art videos.
Art Videos - composer, pianist, improvisor, photographer, and videographer
First and foremost, I am a composer. With the advent of YouTube, it became apparent that adding visual imagery would garner more interest in my work then a static audio presentation. I’d already created a body of photography and visual art that I could draw on for this purpose. To this I added video clips, the purpose of which was to help listeners better understand the context of my vision.
"It is pianist and composer in unison. A combination of Liszt and Monk at work. What Mr. Spicka gives us in A Glassful of Doubt, is a self-contained, bold declaration of belief in the creative spirit." - Mark Yacovone, Program Director, WDUQ-FM - Pittsburgh
Videos - Live Performance / Live Audio with Video
The first 8 clips are live performances. 9 and 10 are live performance audio with added imagery. Clip 1 was performed on Maryland Public Television’s “ArtsWorks This Week.” Clip 2 features the chamber group, “Sonora Ensemble.” Clip 4 features concert pianist, Ruth Rose. Clip 6 was the lead-off video on “Music From America,” a compilation of live American jazz that was sent over to the then Soviet Ukraine, at the request of hospital patients recovering from injuries sustained in the Russia – Afghanistan War, who wanted to hear American jazz.
CD Cover Art
While my Music/Art videos have never used my paintings and drawings, I have used a number in MY CD cover art.
Videos - Live Piano Performance
These are Art Videos, all using audio recordings of my piano performances. Again, the purpose of visuals are to help listeners better understand the context of my work. "… And I am agog at your improvisational skills on Keyboard Mania. I can only imagine all the hours & sweaty practice that you've logged to be able to shift gears in tempo & mood so effortlessly." – Craig Hankins, Hopkins University
Miscellaneous Music Videos - art, live, piano
An assortment of left-over videos from the first three video projects listed above.
This is basically Anything Goes. Spontaneous improv, improvisation over a harmonic sketch, improvising over pre-recorded sounds, using sounds to tell a story
I’m a largely self-taught composer, jazz pianist, performer, and visual artist, but I’ve studied with three wonderful masters: Jessica Williams (jazz piano and composition), Marc Copeland (jazz piano), and John Stephens (modern classical composition), who taught me how to learn, explore, and to continually... more