The initial plan for my research was to analyze Pat Metheny’s concepts of improvisation over blues forms and incorporating his concepts into my improvisation. During my first year I thought this research would be a good idea until I had a major discussion about it with Paul van Brugge. The discussions conclusion was that this research wouldn’t add a significant value to my artistry and that this analysis of Pat Metheny’s concepts can be done, out of my own curiosity, in my free time and during my main subject lessons, if I really wanted to do it so badly. Since Paul is both jazz and classical composer in the 21st century and he have seen and experienced the development of music, he suggested me to get into extended techniques for saxophone which would give me a significantly bigger value as a performing artist, saxophonist and composer, in this ‘modern’ world. At first, I was hesitant towards extended techniques for saxophone because I heard they were extremely hard, but after I came to peace with the idea I was able to start seeing some of the benefits extended techniques could provide me. The question that I formulated and led me to find answers and start my journey was the following: How can I develop new sonic landscapes for improvisation and composition by extended techniques for saxophone such as overtones, timbral fingerings and multiphonics?
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