Category Archives: music

Tree of Light

◀️ Clicking on the image to the left will take you to a low resolution JPG file (1st page only). If you’d like to purchase complete sheet music (higher resolution PDF) for “Tree of Light,” please visit the Funnelljazz catalogue page.

“Tree of Light” has not yet officially been released as a single or on an album/EP. Enjoy the video below! 🔽

Tree of Light is one of the last compositions I completed in 2020 (hence the silver Christmas tree) and the very last one Akiko and I filmed and recorded from our apartment in Sunnyside (Queens, NY) before moving to Reykjavík (Iceland), where we are currently based. Two of the baddest cats originally hailing from the Seine-et-Marne French département, namely Dominique Muzeau and Thibault Perriard, joined us virtually in this transition, contributing amazing bass and drum parts from their homes in the Paris Region and lifting our spirits in the process. I’m sure they’ll lift yours too! Enjoy 🙂

Akiko Horii – conga
Thibault Perriard – drums

Dominique Muzeau – bass

Jim Funnell – piano & composition

Recorded in Paris and New York in November/December 2020.
Mixed by Dominique Muzeau in January 2021.
©2020 Funnelljazz (ASCAP, SACEM)

“Farewell, New York!” AfuriKo livestreams from Sunnyside, Queens

New York City has been good to Akiko and I. We’ve certainly lived through a lot over these past four years. And now it’s time to move on. This month, AfuriKo moved to Reykjavik, Iceland!

To say goodbye to America, kick off the year, and celebrate the beginning of this new chapter, we played two sets from our home in Sunnyside on January 2, 2021 at 3PM and 8PM EST. If you missed them, you can replay them on YouTube. Just click on the videos below!

Program (both sets):
🎵 In B Town (AfuriKo) – inspired by Bamaya, a traditional Dagomba rhythm from northern Ghana
🎵 Up in the Air (AfuriKo) – inspired by Agahu, a traditional Ewe rhythm from Ketonu in Benin
🎵 Bulgarian Traditional (unknown composer and title, arr. by AfuriKo)
🎵 Kotedjuga (AfuriKo)
🎵 Kassai (Ou Yoshida, Taiji Nakamura, arr. by AfuriKo) – solo section set to Kassa Soro, a traditional Malinke rhythm from Eastern Guinea

Two short pieces for cable and electric piano

“Two short pieces for cable and electric piano” are a couple of spontaneous improvisations wrapped around the buzzing sound of an audio cable. The piece is in two parts:

I. EMF Storm
II. Fugue and Postlude

While the piano parts are totally improvised, the cable parts were shaped using automation in Logic.

Jim Funnell – electric piano and sound editing

Recorded in New York, NY in October 2020.

new single: Igneous Alloy by AfuriKo feat. Corey Wallace & Alex B. Smith

Back in 2019 (May through November) and then again more recently in July and August of 2020, AfuriKo had the pleasure to invite both Corey A. Wallace (on trombone) and Alex Busby Smith (electric bass) as guest artists as part of our monthly residency at Tomi Jazz (a Japanese bar & grill in Midtown Manhattan that features nightly live jazz). The shows in both trio formats were a blast, and Igneous Alloy, a composition of mine first recorded on Spirit of the Snail (2015), was one of the tunes we played almost every time. So we decided to record a quartet version of it (this time with both Alex and Corey featured on the same track!) to document these good times and make a little something available to those of you who weren’t able to make it out to Tomi’s. The arrangement was refined to suit this particular instrumentation, including trombone melodies, synth counterlines, and a new bass line/riff to support Akiko’s percussion solo. Our friend Laure Lang from the Hauts-de-France region added her grain of salt with a magical mix and crafty video editing. Enjoy!

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Corey A. Wallace – trombone
Alex Busby Smith – electric bass
Akiko Horii – percussion
Jim Funnell – keyboards
Laure Lang – mixing, mastering, and video editing

Recorded in New York, NY in August and September 2020.
Mixed and mastered in Betz, FR in September 2020.

Echoes of Cyan

◀️ Clicking on the image to the left will take you to a low resolution JPG file (1st page only). If you’d like to purchase complete sheet music (higher resolution PDF) for “Echoes of Cyan,” please visit the Funnelljazz catalogue page.

“Echoes of Cyan” has not yet officially been released as a single or on an album/EP. Please enjoy the video below! 🔽

Echoes of Cyan is kind of a tribute to the tune Blue in Green by Bill Evans (or Miles Davis?). The 15 bar form for this new composition is somewhat unusual, echoing Blue in Green’s 10 bars, and the (mostly) descending stepwise melody reminiscent of the famous ballad on Kind of Blue (1959).

Franck Vaillant – drums
Takashi Sugawa – bass

Jim Funnell – piano & composition

Recorded in Tokyo, Paris, and New York in July 2020.
©2020 Jim Funnell (ASCAP, SACEM)

Chakarera pa’ mi hermano

◀️ Clicking on the image to the left will take you to a low resolution JPG file (1st page only). If you’d like to purchase complete sheet music (higher resolution PDF) for “Chakarera pa’ mi hermano,” please visit the Funnelljazz catalogue page.

A recording of “Chakarera pa’ mi hermano” has been released on On the Far Side (2014). Enjoy the audio/videos below! 🔽





Oleleko

◀️ Clicking on the image to the left will take you to a low resolution JPG file (1st page only). If you’d like to purchase complete sheet music (higher resolution PDF) for “Oleleko,” please visit the Funnelljazz catalogue page.

A recording of “Oleleko” has been released on Tao (2019). Enjoy the audio/videos below! 🔽





📣 Students and musicians: check out this post if you feel like delving deeper into the music: deriving tetratonic scales from the “new notes” on Oleleko.