Keith Jarrett is a musical god to me. His famous concerts beginning in the 1970’s where he walked onto the stage, sat at the piano, and then created music from nothing stand as a supreme example of what I would like to achieve – a full length concert that is engaging, beautiful and creative and 100% unplanned. Keith Jarrett is exceptional for his ability to do this. I do not have an ambition to play like Keith Jarrett. I doubt if I could even if I tried. I do however, share a passion for improvising in a freestyle with no predetermined road map. It is a powerful way to be in the moment. The first of the following two videos is not an example of a freestyle improvisation. It is an improvisation on a well known song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It is a magical and sublime performance. Enjoy. The second video is from his famous Köln Concert recorded live in 1975. It is an example of freestyle improvising.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Köln Concert – Part 1