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Footprints in 7

My 2016 arrangement of Wayne Shorter's jazz classic, Footprints Recorded October 26, 2016 at An die Musik, as part of the FreeFall Baltimore Festival George Spicka - arranger, director. piano / John Morgan, trombone / Leopold Brandenburg, reeds / John Dahlman, bass / John Kessel, drums

SETI - Baltimore Jazz Works

I've always loved science. I composed SETI to honor the SETI Institute: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Recorded October 26, 2016 at An die Musik, as part of the FreeFall Baltimore Festival George Spicka - arranger, director. piano / John Morgan, trombone / Leopold Brandenburg, reeds / John Dahlman, bass / John Kessel, drums

Stella's Morning After Blues

This is my piano arrangement of a composition by bassist Ian Rashkin, Chairman of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance. Recorded October 26, 2016 at An die Musik, as part of the Baltimore Freefall Arts Festival.

Interpredations

Up-tempo swing, performed by my ensemble "Baltimore Jazz Works" at An die Musik on November 8, 2009. George Spicka-director & piano / Phil Ravita-bass / Scott Tiemann-drums. Baltimore Jazz Works presented two concerts that featured a work by every composer featured in the Baltimore Jazz Real Book.

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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 add to my artist’s palette of knowledge. In the process I’ve written over 600 compositions, ranging from jazz and orchestral, to electro-acoustic and experimental. Though I’d been drawing and... more

Art/Music Videos: Keyboard Mania - part 1

A sample of the video statements created in 2019, to accompany the thirty-three stream-of-consciousness solo piano improvisations on my 2001 CD, Keyboard Mania.

Royality-free video backgrounds obtained from: Give Me Free Art, Pexels, Pixabay, Videvo.

  • Second Dawn

    Track #1 The title refers to an event that takes place early on in the novel, "Alas Babylon," by Pat frank (1959). "It was one of the first apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age and has remained popular more than half century after it was first published, consistently ranking in Amazon.com's Top 20 Science Fiction Short Stories list." - Wikipedia
  • Rain

    The world had just started a new millennium, 01/01/01. I'd read where the previous millennium stimulated a period of creativity in Medieval Europe, and I was curious as to if I could influence a similar process on Artmobile.
  • False Hope

    Surely, Hope is the greatest curse ever released from Pandora's Box.
  • Nova

    A visual representation of what one just might possibly see, should they be in the vicinity of one of these cataclysmic stellar events. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova
  • Starting Over

    In the end, at least in part, doesn't it matter just when one start's over? Track #7, Keyboard Mania.
  • Too Green

    I used drugs, mostly marijuana, in my early 20's (1968-1972). There were a couple of times though, when I was living with my wife in Rochester, N.Y., when I tried inorganic mescaline. Why I did it a second time is beyond me, since the first time was a horrid affair. I guess I thought it would be different. "Too Green" is a commentary upon the experience. Eighth track on my initial "steam-of-consciousness" CD, Keyboard Mania.
  • Dark Circles

    But why are they important? Why do they exist? Other then the approximately 1min : 16sec we observe them, are they even there? Keyboard Mania, 9th track.
  • The Blessing

    It is important to remember that a "blessing" often depends on one's perspective. What is a blessing to an echidna, is horror to a colony of ants.
  • Brittle Clay

    In a bit of irony, I recently read a paper concerning the Permian/Triassic Extinction Event, that took place some 250 million years ago. In particular, it focused on the world-wide disappearance of rain forests, and what the implications might be for our time. My video starts with a sun transiting the horizon, apparently shrinking a larger (in terms of perspective) blue hemisphere.
  • Thrall

    Are we truly ever free? What interests me, is how the pump jacks movement resembles continued nodding, as in: "Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes ... in perpetual obedience to its master.

Art/Music Videos: Keyboard Mania - part 2

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

  • Jan 5th 01

    Another video from my "ArtMobile Challenge." The world had just started a new millennium, 01/01/01. I'd read where the previous millennium stimulated a period of creativity in Medieval Europe, and I was curious as to if I could influence a similar process on Artmobile.
  • Portent

    Another creation inspire by the "ArtMobile Challenge." The inspiration for the title was that after I joined the ArtMobile forum in 1996, I couldn't help but notice the various statements about conservative policies being "Orwellian" in nature. My curiosity being piqued, I decided to read what Orwell wrote about. The problems began when I started to share what he'd said. As a democratic socialist, Orwell was certainly no friend to conservatives.
  • Noah's 2nd Ark

    From "The ArtMobile Challenge." Even most biblical historians aren't aware that Noah built a second Ark, a privilege reserved for a select few. Perhaps some things were overlooked during the first roundup. I'd image microscopic beings might easily be missed in this largely pr-scientific era.
  • Red House

    Just like our fourth planet, Red House represents War, possibly even the ultimate, Final War. Heralded by ash laden skies that block the Sun, the Forever Winter begins.
  • Jan 22nd 01 part 1

    I usually don't compose unless inspired by an idea, though I can. This inspiration came the 22nd day of the new millennium, not a specific idea, but just the urge to improvise using the methods I was working on. The start resembles something like a reel-to-reel tape recorder, which morphs into something that could be interpreted as a Twilight Zone TV program inspired Rorschach. It finishes with horizontal lines accelertaing to the right and left, but where to?
  • Jan 22nd '01 - part 2

    Created later the same day, "Jan 22nd '01 - part 2" is based on a similar motif that is reflective, but not quite identical to "Jan 22nd '01 - part 2" in reverse. I like the way it starts off with racing lines that coalesce into something representing Jupiter's red spot. It is undoubtably the red coloration that vlends this effect.
  • Night Voices

    Perhaps "Nightmare Voices" would be a better title, but to relate that experience and imagery would take more then a couple minutes of music. Most of my childhood nightmares were a resemblance of my abusive father, as an evil force that had to be desperately fled from. After my psychotic breakdown, the imagery over the years became more complicated, took on more levels. With running, or perhaps searching always being at the core, the scenarios tended to blend from one residence to another, to places having fantastic, complicated add-ons.
  • The Character of Weeds

    When you come down to it, some are downright beautiful ... I feel this serves two purposes, the first being my love of nature, the second being a reflection of how I see myself in relation to the world, at least as a composer and artist, possibility as a thinker. Weeds are fascinating and a part of our existence, yet how often we assume them to be "ugly" and of no use, and summarily cut them down. At the very least, they're a nuisance to be ignored.
  • Ooblagato #1

    Again, not a typo. I got the idea from a Frank Zappa album insert I saw sometime in the late 60s - early 70s. In definition, an Obbligato is "integral to a piece of music and should not be omitted in performance." With the overt typo, how can it not ;)
  • Warm Seeds

    As the video suggests, they come in many forms, and serve multiple purposes. Track #25 on Keyboard Mania.

Art/Music Videos: Keyboard Mania - part 3

  • Pisces Ball

    Sounds fishy to me ... What could be more appropriate for today's political climate then a party of fish? The Fish Party, that is. All the deals and maneuvering done below surface, and out of view of us mere mortals. Besides, as the first major group of vertebrates, I would think there'd be plenty of reasons to celebrate ...
  • Storm

    This storm is more then your typical Earth storm. It's a fanciful storm of cosmic proportions. Plus there's the added bonus of a worm hole ... Twenty-seventh track / Keyboard Mania
  • Man's Best Friend

    Keyboard Mania, track #25. Conceivable, and potentially, there are as many as there are people ...
  • Longing

    Personally, I feel that longing may be the worst affliction. Desperately wishing and waiting for something that may not even exist, must be one of fate's crueler hoaxes ...
  • Fault

    It's always someone else's fault, isn't it? It is one of the darker aspects of human nature. Think of all the problems and animosity that could be avoided if people were honest both with themselves and others. But then again, psychologists would be hard put to find work.
  • Winter

    This is the improvised solo from a longer piece of the same name. I later dedicated the piece to jazz pianist Art Monroe, after his passing.
  • Mornng's Eve

    Morning's Eve is a seldom realized phenomena, for the simple fact that so very few people understand what they are seeing the times it does occur. Second track on my initial "steam-of-consciousness" CD, Keyboard Mania.
  • Harmonic Sketch #2

    Fractal madness? Or perhaps a sub-atomic microscope in another part of the universe.
  • Harmonic Sketch #6

    35th and final track on my first stream-of-consciousness solo piano CD, "Keyboard Mania." Goucher College has this wonderful Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano, the model with the extra keys in the bass clef.

Previous Art-Videos

Videos based on the music from the improvised "stream-of-consciousness solo piano CD, "Keyboard Mania," that was published before 2019.

  • Grumman Song

    I've always had a fascination with the Battle of Midway (1942), which turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is a perfect example of how in spite of all the planning, things never go as planned - of how the unseen forces of fate inevitably control outcomes - of how a David can defeat a Goliath. This piece is dedicated to all whose lives were lost in the conflict. Music: 2001 / Video: 2010
  • Searching the Empty Room

    Can there be anything more frustrating then endlessly searching an empty room? I've read where "Hope" is the evilest curse to emit from Pandora's Box: over the next hill, just over the horizon, just around the bend, just around the corner, don't give up, you can do it, hang on, and so on ... Perhaps this is an aspect of Hell. It is certainly reflective of my career ... and by being honest and true to myself I am cursed, and cursed again. The only thing worse then searching with hope is searching without hope. Knowing that the quest is futile ...
  • Id Tales

    "The id 'knows no judgements of value: no good and evil, no morality. ...Instinctual cathexes seeking discharge—that, in our view, is all there is in the id.' [15] It is regarded as 'the great reservoir of libido',[16] the instinctive drive to create—the life instincts that are crucial to pleasurable survival." - Wikipedia Music: 2001 / Video: 01/2011
  • Lone Rider

    From the CD, Keyboard Mania, it is a tribute to the heros of my youth. This piece is loosely based on folk / cowboy song, "Red River Valley." Of added interest is the fact that the right and left hands are played in keys one half-step apart.

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

  • Callisto

    (1994 / 2012) I composed this in 1994, after the time I had studied contemporary composition and orchestration with John Stephens. Callisto is a synthesized orchestration and in fact, it was Stephens himself who recommended that I try this approach. The work starts off bombastically with strings and percussion. By the 60th second, the strings predominate and with a change of texture, lead to a series of harpsichord glissandos.
  • Ill Tempered Klavier

    (2002 / 2011) "Ill Tempered Klavier" is the fourth of twenty-five tracks on the CD "The Taunting World." The title, obviously, is a take off on J. S. Bach's incredible keyboard work, "The Well Tempered Klavier." Visit here to hear more tracks - http://www.georgefspicka.com/the-taunting-world.html
  • Dance of the Anomalocaris

    (2009 / 2011) Composed for baritone sax and harp. The "Abnormal Shrimp" is said to be the fiercest predator of the Burgess Shale fauna. A nod to my fossil collecting hobby, Anomalocaris remains were at first found as disarticulated fragments in 508 million year old sediments in the Canadian Rockies, and were originally thought to represent a number of different animals. It was only when complete specimens were found that the true nature of the creature was revealed.
  • The Clockmaker and The Door

    (2009 / 2011) The Clockmaker and The Door - is my attempt to come to terms with the repercussions surrounding my wrongful arrest, and the rather corrupt state of Maryland's judicial system. Talk about your "Good Ol' Boy Network." Judges and attorneys all seem to know each other, and judges can ignore statutes and laws at their leisure. In truth, my experience indicates that judges feel they are above the law.
  • Tectonic Motion

    (2009 / 2011) Orchestrated for: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor Tuba, Bass Tuba, Timpani, Bass Drum, Tam-tam, Triangle, Tambourine, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass.
  • December Songs - Maryland Suite #3

    (2003 / 2011) "December Songs" uses photos showing the after effects of several snowstorms that passed through our area around 2010-2011. For the music, I used the first three sections of a 2003 piano composition titled December Songs, "Wintrist," "Ice Beams," and "Grey and White."
  • Storm Front - Maryland Suite #2

    (2011) Featuring Phil Ravita on bass, and myself on piano, "Storm Front" is a Harmonic Sketch, a series of motifs and harmonies that are open to interpretation. I was driving to the town of Bel Air from Baltimore, via Dulaney Vally Road. After I crossed Loch Raven Reservoir and was approaching Peerce’s Plantation, a storm front began to roll in from the south, creating a stark contrast between the golden fields and dark clouds. I got out of my car in three spots and snapped a series of photos, eleven of which make up this video.
  • Dante's Tenth Level

    Improvised piano (2002 / 2011). In Dante's time, who could have imagined that warfare would achieve the gruesome levels of efficiency we see in the world today? Had the Divine Comedy been written in the present, surely there would have been a 10th level to contain the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Hussein, and the other tyrants we've come to know only too well. One cannot imagine the unimaginable -- one can only infer. That's what this piece is about. Music recorded 2002, video created 2011.
  • Stalin's Boot

    Composed in 2002, the images are in remembrance of the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre of over 20,000 Polish prisoners of war on Joseph Stalin's direct order. Shown are scenes of discovery in 1943, exhumation of mass graves, some of those murdered, and various Katyn memorials worldwide. "
  • Music for Improvised Saxophone and Piano

    (1996) Featuring Andy Dagilis - saxophone / George Spicka - piano. This is the studio version of an electro-acoustic composition, i.e., live performance over pre-recorded sounds, that was subsequently performed at a Baltimore Composers Forum concert.

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.

  • A Time of Nothing

    George F. Spicka - piano / Paula Hatcher - flute "A Time of Nothing" was recorded at the Baltimore Composers Forum concert held at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, May 2, 2004. It is the 3rd Movement from the piece, "The Apostate and the Apprentice."
  • Perhaps, Some, Maybe

    "Perhaps, Some, Maybe" features Paula Hatcher on flute, and George Spicka on piano. This is the 2nd Movement from the work, "The Apostate and the Apprentice" which was recorded at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore / May 2, 2004, as part of a Baltimore Composers Forum concert. Video created 2011. Video backgrounds obtained from IgniteMotion.com. Still images are mine.
  • Interpredations

    Up-tempo swing, performed by my ensemble "Baltimore Jazz Works" at An die Musik on November 8, 2009. George Spicka-director & piano / Phil Ravita-bass / Scott Tiemann-drums. Baltimore Jazz Works presented two concerts that featured a work by every composer featured in the Baltimore Jazz Real Book.
  • Jamaican Moon

    Featured are Charlene Cochran -- vocals & lyrics, Jane Lamar Spicka -- bass and vocals, David Link -- saxophone, Gene Shanklin -- drums, and myself -- piano, vocals, music and lyrics. The video was taken at North Virginia Community College and shown on the cable TV program, DC Outlet, 1987.
  • Anytime

    Used by the Internect Foundation as the lead-off selection for the video, "Music From America," which was sent to hospitals in the Soviet Union at patients request to hear American jazz, this piece features Jane Lamar Spicka -- Klevinger bass, David Link -- saxophone, Gene Shanklin -- drums, and George Spicka -- piano/composer. The video was taken at North Virginia Community College and shown on the cable TV program, DC Outlet, c. 1987. "George, I enjoyed listening to and seeing your ensemble in action. You have terrific ideas and style in your solos." - Robert C.
  • Lgia Nosta

    "(2011) Lgia Nosta" is a stream-of-consciousness improvisation with bassist Phil Ravita and myself. I taped this free improve after recording the audio for my art video, "Storm Front."
  • Tolerance

    (2012) "Tolerance" may be the most important issue of our time. Featuring pianist, Ruth Rose, this was recorded at the November 9, 2012 Baltimore Composers Forum concert, held at An die Musik. A better quality video can be viewed here, but one cannot see Ruth's hands - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_y1432SCRY
  • Influentiata

    Stream-of-consciousness improvisation featuring Phil Ravita on double bass, and myself playing a Yamaha P85 digital piano. Recorded at the Baltimore Composers Forum 2012 Spring Fundraiser, held at An die Musik. The initial image, obtained with a Zoom q3 audio/video recorder, was so dark that I experimented around until I discovered that the "gamma" filter on the adobe Premiere Elements 10 software to give it color and light, which resulted in a rather interesting texture.
  • BlackWhite

    Featuring the Sonora Ensemble, "BlackWhite" explores one of many observations George Orwell made during his life. Skewed harmonies suggest the sinister ideology that has lead, "the people," to a society of unquestioning orthodoxy. Recorded at An die Musik, 2012.
  • My Front Yard (Maryland Public Television)

    (2004) Live performance on Maryland Public Television's "ArtWorks This Week," hosted by Nate Howard, produced by Ken Day. This is an electro-acoustic work, i.e., improvisation over pre-recorded sounds. "What a great composition. We like to think of our show as being cutting edge and expanding the boundaries of creativity, and I think you've certainly captured that with that piece." -- Nate Howard, Host - Artworks This week

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.

  • Breaker

    I used "Breaker" (1977 - colored markers) for "Rhythm Machine" (2004), a CD compilation that showcased rhythmic elements found in some of my compositions. Digital color enhancement by Steve Estes. 1. Surge Dance 2. Directions 3. U.. F.. O.. 4. Episode III 5. Side Street Sound 6. Inevitable Conclusions 7. Uno Duo 8. Pathfinder 9. Two Flutes 10. Sym Series 11. Ode for Flute, Viola, Cello, and Guitar 12. Klondike 13. The Weapon Shop 14. When Satan Weeps 15. Callisto 16. Soulful Riders 17. Newtz 18. Night Walking 19. Silurian Dream
  • Oit

    "Oit" (1980 - colored marker pens) is the cover for my third stream-of-consciousness solo piano CD I did in the early 2000's, "The Taunting World" (2002). Color enhancement by Steve Estes. Several of these improvisations were used in my art videos. 1. Pathology 2. Voodoo Sonnet 3. A Gift for Horgamare 4. Ill Tempered Klavier 5. Repression 6. Singularity 7. Orthogon 8. Sept.11, 02 9. Eidolon and The Others 10. Taunting World 11. The Little Toe 12. Fossick 13. Salute 14. The Anarchist 15. Rebellion & Dysfunction 16. No One Asks 17. Paranoid Slumber 18.
  • Sunrise of Eternity

    I used "Sunrise of Eternity" (1973 - acrylic on construction paper) for my 2001 CD, "Jazz Street Station - Live at the Cat's Eye Pub." 1. I Love You (Cole Porter) 2. Caravan (Ellington/Tizol) 3. Stella By Starlight (Young/Washington) 4. Softly (Victor Herbert) 5. Blue Bossa (Kenny Durham) 6. Oleo (Sonny Rollins) Ken Watkins - saxophones George Spicka - piano Tom Baldwin - bass Ralph Tucker - drums Jane Lamar-Spicka - announcer Rob Ercolano - alto sax on "Softly"
  • Moonstracity

    "Moonstracity" (1987 - colored marker pens) is the cover art for my first synthesizer and sound works CD, "Famous Lost Words" (2002). Digital color enhancement by Steve Estes. To audio link -> http://www.georgefspicka.com/famous-lost-words.html 1. When Satan Weeps 2. Famous Lost Words 3. Ode for flute, viola, cello, and guitar 4. Klondike 5. Music for Improvised Voices 6. Sombulan 7. Music for Improvised Saxophone & Piano 8. Percos 1 & 2 9. Episode I 10. Episode 2 11. Episode 3 12. Transmigration 13. The Weapon Shop 14. Uno Duo
  • Untitled #3

    "Untitled #3" (1975 - watercolor) is the cover for my 2010 compilation CD, Interpredations. That title is from a jazz composition of the same name. 1. Civility 2. Dance of the Anomalocaris 3. Serenity 4. Aronosphere 5. Eight Suggestions 6. Tectonic Motion ~ December Songs ~ 7. Wintrist 8. Ice Beams 9. Grey & White 10. Little Elf Lost 11. Flaky Snow 12. Harvest Dance 13. Constellation 14. One Fine Day 15. Interpredations 16. The Clockmaker and The Door 17. A Girl Like You
  • Shiftsense

    "Shiftsense" (1987 - collage). The CD itself (2002) is my second compilation of Synthsizer and Sound Works. Audio here - http://www.georgefspicka.com/shiftsense.html 1. <O>><n>><C>><e>><ii>> 2. <T>><w>><O>><n>><D>> 3. <T>><r>><e>><SS>><a>><O>><n>> 4. <Q>><u>><A>><n>><d>><ii>> 5.
  • U..F..O..

    c. 1975, U..F..O.. (acrylic) is the cover art for my 2002 jazz compositions compilation CD, "U..F..O.. and Other Oddities - http://www.georgefspicka.com/ufo-and-other-oddities.html 1. Sym Series 2. U..F..O.. 3. Anytime 4. And There Was Prez 5. Remember The Night 6. Predonda
  • Penalty

    "Penalty" (marker pens) is based on a 1978 drawing using colored marker pens. For this cover, the original drawing was first color enhanced by Steve Estes, then I divided the image into mirrored quadrants. "A Glassful of Doubt" (2002), Is the second of three solo piano, stream-of-consciousness ventures Into the psyche, possibly viewed as an audio Rorschach of sorts. Some of these recordings were used in my art videos. Audio link here - http://www.georgefspicka.com/a-glassful-of-doubt.html 1. French Kiss 2. Blue Aeons 3. Dante's 10th Level 4. Wrong Direction 5.
  • Keyboard Mania

    "Keyboard Mania" (1973 - acrylic) serves as the cover for my first stream-of-consciousness solo piano CD. Published in 2001, Keyboard Mania features 36 improvisations that are grouped into four collections. Color enhancement by Steve Estes. Some of these tracks were used in my art videos. Link to audio -> http://www.georgefspicka.com/keyboard-mania.html I. The ArtMobile Challenge 1. Second Dawn 2. Morning's Eve 3. Rain 4. False Hope 5. Grumman Song 6. Nova 7. Starting Over 8. Too Green 9. Dark Circles 10. Brittle Clay 11. Jan.
  • Autumn Beckons

    "Autumn Beckons" (c.1982 - marker pen on spray paint) is on my 1994 debut CD, Jazz Street Station - The Rhythm of Love. This was on the '94 Grammy Nominations Ballot. Audio here -> http://www.georgefspicka.com/the-rhythm-of-love.html 1. Flashback 2. Gentle Soul 3. Footprints 4. They Are You 5. El Ritmo de Amor 6. Ode for flute, viola, cello, and guitar 7. E- Livin' 8. Rhythm D'Carnivale

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

  • Before and / or After

    "Before and/or After" is the 1st Movement from the work, "The Apostate and the Apprentice." This rendition is a live recording from a Baltimore Composers Forum concert at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore on May 2, 2004. Video backgrounds obtained from GiveMeFreeArt.com.
  • A-j-U-i-T

    Melancholy stream-of-consciousness solo piano improvisation on my Falcone grand / Zoom q3 and Kodak Easy Share cameras / Shure vp88 stereo mic / iMac with Cubase 4.
  • Phantasy

    Jazz Waltz composed in 1980. For this 2011 solo performance, the theme is performed rhythmically open. The improvisation gradually turns into swing rhythm.
  • Twin Worlds

    "Twin Worlds "- is a solo piano interlude performance that was listed on the November 18th 2011, Baltimore Composers Forum concert program as "Two Worlds." I felt that this rendition was different enough from the original concept.to give it a new title. The stage lighting was dim, and I had to tweak the video a lot to make it visible. That and the fact that I wore black gave the effect that ghostly hands were playing an equally ghostly piano. The new title pays homage to science fiction writer Neil R.
  • Gold

    "Blue", "Red", & "Gold" (Three Etudes for Tomorrow) were performed at a Baltimore Composers Forum concert at Goucher College, Towson MD, in November of 2002. As “stream-of-consciousness” improvisations, the music requirement was simply a sheet of blue paper, a sheet of red, and one goldenrod page. The somewhat more elaborate video backgrounds are intended to convey the same spirit as the original sheets.
  • Halcyon Summers

    This is a 2011 solo piano rendition of a tune I wrote and originally recorded in 1980. This rubato introduction and coda of this video rendition contain images of beautiful paintings by Impressionistic painter, Claude Monet (1840-1926). These are absent from the beginning and concluding theme, and the solos have a bit of digital unrest to add to the flavor of the performance. As some have observed, the minor harmonies suggest that not everything is truly serene - My summers growing up were truly halcyon, as I was able to spend long hours away from abusive atmosphere of my home.
  • Red - 2nd Movement, Three Etudes for Tomorrow

    "Blue", "Red", & "Gold" (Three Etudes for Tomorrow) were performed at a Baltimore Composers Forum concert at Goucher College, Towson MD, in November of 2002. As “stream-of-consciousness” improvisations, the music requirement was simply a sheet of blue paper, a sheet of red, and one goldenrod page. The somewhat more elaborate video backgrounds are intended to convey the same spirit as the original sheets.
  • Two Worlds

    Interlude Music - First of two submissions for the Baltimore Composers Forum concert at Theatre Project on November 18, 2011.
  • Blue - 1st Movement, Three Etudes for Tomorrow

    "Blue", "Red", & "Gold" (Three Etudes for Tomorrow) were performed at a Baltimore Composers Forum concert at Goucher College, Towson MD, in November of 2002. As “stream-of-consciousness” improvisations, the music requirement was simply a sheet of blue paper, a sheet of red, and one goldenrod page. The somewhat more elaborate video backgrounds are intended to convey the same spirit as the original sheets.
  • Gibson Island - Maryland Suite #1

    Part one of the "Maryland Suite," this is a harmonic sketch, inspired by photos I took a number of years back while doing a gig at a private home, located on Gibson Island, Maryland. Typically, I arrived and set up with time to spare. The house overlooked Sillary Bay, where I took these shots as the sun was setting. The theme is played through once, and then improvised over.

Miscellaneous Music Videos - art, live, piano

An assortment of left-over videos from the first three video projects listed above.

  • Gamesters

    "Gamesters" (1980) Composed as an up-temp Latin piece, in this rendition I play it more as a ballad. The title is inspired by the original Star Trek episode, "Gamesters of Tryskelion." This was broadcast on January 5, 1968, my 21st birthday :)
  • NGC 2207 and IC 2163

    (2012) flute / piano. NGC 2207 and IC 2163 are a pair of colliding spiral galaxies, about 80 million light-years away, in the constellation Canis Major. They are only in the first step of colliding and merging, and are still two separate spiral galaxies. Both galaxies were discovered by John Herschel in 1835. So far three supernovae have been observed in NGC 2207. NGC 2207 is in the process of tidal stripping IC 2163.
  • Western Avenue

    Originally written in 1980, this version is a rather free-flowing jazz ballad in 4/4. The title is for a road that separates Washington DC from Prince George's County, MD. Recorded February 2011
  • Two Reservations

    Created September 11, 2011. In this usage, "reservations" means doubt. Two back-to-back stream-of-consciousness improvisations.
  • Two Worlds (another rendition)

    A second recording with video/audio from a Zoom Q3 recorder only. Created September 15, 2011.
  • Grumman Song

    George Spicka - piano. From the CD, "Keyboard Mania." Dedicated to the pilots, crew, sailors and soldiers, who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Midway, and turned the tide of the Pacific War. Music created 2002 - video created 2010.
  • Id Tales

    From the 2000 CD, Keyboard Mania (Seven Movements of Hysteria). Background imagery generated by Chaos Pro software, version 4. Tunnel animation obtained from GiveMeFreeArt.com. Video Created January 2011.
  • Beethoven's Cat

    (2015) For French horn and Marimba. The challenge was to create a situation that would combine two seeming disparate instruments: one known for its subdued tones, the other for its percussive qualities, into one seemingly coherent work. Representations of life or conditions in other parts of the universe were considered, along with conversations between sub-atomic particles like the quark, or maybe even idle chit-chat between a trilobite and an asteroid (starfish). Then I thought, why not a cat?
  • Two More Worlds

    "Two More Worlds" is an electro-acoustic piece for improvised piano and pre-recorded music/sounds. The second of two compositions submitted for a Baltimore Composers Forum concert at Theatre Project, November 18, 2011.
  • Searching the Empty Room

    From the 2000 CD, "Keyboard Mania" (Seven Movements of Hysteria). Solo piano with video background. Video from GiveMeFreeArt.com. Empty Room image by jjsunshyne @ Photobucket.com. Video created 2010.

Experimental Music

This is basically Anything Goes. Spontaneous improv, improvisation over a harmonic sketch, improvising over pre-recorded sounds, using sounds to tell a story

  • Know Love

    Segments from various takes at my recording studio, The Audio Attic, that have been looped via
  • Transmigration

    Transmigration was created for, and played at the 2002 [email protected] on the River Hull Festival, Hull England. Through an assortment sound effect recordings, it represents the transmigration of the river hull from its original pristine state, to its current highly industrialized status.
  • Percos 1 and 2

    Created in 1992, Percos 1 and 2 is the combination of digital percussion and effects.
  • The Weapon Shop

    George F. Spicka, electronic piano, sounds, effects / Jane Lamar-Spicka, vocal. I first recorded The Weapon Shop in 1973 using a two-track reel-to-reel tape recorder. Tack one was electronic piano and vocals. Then I added a second track of percussive "clacks" by rapping my knuckles on the keyboard. There it sat for 39 years. In 2012, adding tracks from several sound effects CDs along with digital effects, I created the current piece.
  • ~SS~~~ii~~~X~~~ii~~~T~~

    ~SS~~~ii~~~X~~~ii~~~T~~ (2001) is the 6th of six electro-acoustic works performed and recorded during the summer workshop I took at Peabody's Department of Recording Arts and Sciences (Alan Kefauver, Director). All six feature the director of the UMBC Jazz ensemble, Matt Belzer, on saxophone.
  • ~Q~~~u~~~i~~~n~~~T~~~i~~~F~~~o~~

    ~Q~~~u~~~i~~~n~~~T~~~i~~~F~~~o~~ (2001) is the 5th of six electro-acoustic works performed and recorded during the summer workshop I took at Peabody's Department of Recording Arts and Sciences (Alan Kefauver, Director). All six feature the director of the UMBC Jazz ensemble, Matt Belzer, on saxophone.
  • ~Q~~~u~~~A~~~n~~~d~~~ii~~

    ~Q~~~u~~~A~~~n~~~d~~~ii~~ (2001) is the 4th of six electro-acoustic works performed and recorded during the summer workshop I took at Peabody's Department of Recording Arts and Sciences (Alan Kefauver, Director). All six feature the director of the UMBC Jazz ensemble, Matt Belzer, on saxophone.
  • ~T~~~r~~~e~~~SS~~~a~~~O~~~n~~

    ~T~~~r~~~e~~~SS~~~a~~~O~~~n~~ (2000) is the 3rd of six electro-acoustic works performed and recorded during the summer workshop I took at Peabody's Department of Recording Arts and Sciences (Alan Kefauver, Director). All six feature the director of the UMBC Jazz ensemble, Matt Belzer, on saxophone.
  • ~T~~~w~~~O ~~~n~~~D~~

    ~T~~~w~~~O ~~~n~~~D~~ (2000) is the 2nd of six electro-acoustic works performed and recorded during the summer workshop I took at Peabody's Department of Recording Arts and Sciences (Alan Kefauver, Director). All six feature the director of the UMBC Jazz ensemble, Matt Belzer, on saxophone.
  • ~O~~n~~~C~~~e~~~ii~~

    ~O~~n~~~C~~~e~~~ii~~ (2000) is the 1st of six electro-acoustic works performed and recorded during the summer workshop I took at Peabody's Department of Recording Arts and Sciences (Alan Kefauver, Director). All six feature the director of the UMBC Jazz ensemble, Matt Belzer, on saxophone.

George's Curated Collection

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