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Craig Swanson: Bio

Craig Swanson's interests range across diverse genres. Though trained classically, recent compositions and performances include jazz/classical hybrids with the quintet, Bipolar, as well as sound experiments in electronica and pop vocals. His most recent release is The French Suite Kit, volume 4, for solo piano: an exploration of alternate versions and interpretations of Bach's fourth French Suite in E-flat major.

Craig hails from the US Midwest, studying classical piano performance with Richard Reber and jazz theory with Jack Carraher at the University of Kansas.

Current composition projects include his first String Quartet, a chamber symphony, and a new album of jazz originals, the latter in production and slated for summer 2019 release. Classical recordings in queue include an entry in the ever-popular Scarlatti sweepstakes, as well as the next volume in The French Suite Kit series which will be, somewhat paradoxically, volume 1. 

1 Praeludium
2 Allemande (version 1)
3 Allemande (version 2)
4 Allemande (version 3)
5 Allemande (version 4)
6 Courante (version 1)
7 Courante (version 2)
8 Courante (version 3)
9 Sarabande (version 1)
10 Sarabande (version 2)
11 Sarabande (version 3)
12 Gavotte (version 1)
13 Gavotte (version 2)
14 Gavotte (version 3)
15 Gavotte (version 4)
16 Gavotte 2
17 Menuet (version 1)
18 Menuet (version 2)
19 Menuet (version 3)
20 Menuet di Stolzel
21 Air (version 1)
22 Air (version 2)
23 Air (version 3)
24 Gigue (version 1)
25 Gigue (version 2)
26 Gigue (version 3)
27 Gigue (version 4)

I have dreamed about The French Suite Kit ever since I first heard Glenn Gould talk about the possibility of a "New Listener" who would take some measure of control over their participation in the listening process. As Geoffrey Payzant in his book, Glenn Gould: Music and Mind, stated 40 years ago (1978):

The technological developments predicted by Gould in the mid-1960s have for the most part materialized as he said they would, but the advertisements in the audio press do not suggest that there is a consumer market for them. Nobody is advertising "kits."

Crossover Media Projects with: Craig Swanson