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Title

Composer(s)

Publisher

Notes/Style

Curiosity

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Named for the NASA Mars rover, this piece consists of five short songs for retro synth instruments. NEW

Aspects of 20th Century Music

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Experimental -- after Vernon L. Kliewer, Chapter 4 of the eponymous book

Psalm 107

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Experimental

Meadowlarks

Robin Pecknold

Chrysalis Music Limited

Experimental

Sequoia Swing

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Old School Swing

Child's Song

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Latin Jazz

You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It)

Joe McCarthy & James V. Monaco

Broadway Music Corp.

Jazz

Cookin’ Blueport

Horace Silver, Art Farmer

Silhouette Music, Criterion Music

Hard bop mashup of “Cookin’ at the Continental” and “Blueport”

McRabbit

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Fusion

Clockwise Margarita

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Jazz

Calorita

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Jazz

Book Of James

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Jazz/Gospel

Shockolate 3

Jay Shafto with Prince and Kelis

Production Value Productions

Have fun with it

What’s New?

Johnny Burke & Bob Haggart

Warner Bros., Inc.

Big Band-o-Robots

Lala Neva Dada

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Inspired by the Gil Evans composition La Nevada

Angel Eyes

Earl Brent & Matt Dennis

Dorsey Brothers Music

air guitar

Geeks of Lacey Station

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

A long story

One for My Baby

Johnny Mercer and

Harold Arlen

Harwin Music (arr Piltdown Music)

And One More For the Road

Kyrie

Giovanni PierLuigi da Palestrina

arr Piltdown Music

Swing adaptation for 8-string guitar

Caine Plain

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Based on a solo by Uri Caine

Firecat

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Based on a poem by Wallace Stevens

Foreign Song

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Based on a poem by Wallace Stevens

The World Without Imagination

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Based on The Comedian as the Letter C by Wallace Stevens

Concerning the Thunderstorms of Yucatan

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

The Comedian as the Letter C, Part 2

Approaching Carolina

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

The Comedian as the Letter C, Part 3

The Idea of a Colony

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

The Comedian as the Letter C, Part 4

A Nice Shady Home

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

The Comedian as the Letter C, Part 5

And Daughters With Curls

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

The Comedian as the Letter C, Part 6

The Man With the Blue Guitar

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Based on a poem by Wallace Stevens

Owl’s Clover

Mike Shafto

Piltdown Music

Based on a poem by Wallace Stevens

Persichetti Etudes

Various

Piltdown Music

On-going project based on Persichetti's Twentieth-Century Harmony: Creative Aspects And Practice

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moderation in the pursuit of a hobby is no virtue.
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If you work at the piano, you're limited by your own technique.
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(Paul Valéry, Littérature, 1929)

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"I've been very fortunate in that I have not been the target of professional jealousy."

-- Boxcars: Piltdown Music Interviews Mike Shafto

Last updated March 24, 2014