Paseos for flute and guitar was
written at the request of guitarist James Hontz. These short pieces
were inspired by a vacation I took in Spain. Each little excursion is
intended to be a miniature evocation of a particular setting I visited.
The pieces are meant to capture the spirit of a stroll or walk,
sometimes along a cloudy beach, or at other times (as the titles
suggest), in the solitude of the moonlit mountains. The work has been
recorded by the Hontz-McDermott Duo on the CGS label and was used as a
fund-raising gift in the WITF Harrisburg pledge drive in 1996.
Selected Performances of Paseos
Premiere: March 10, 1996, Hontz-McDermott Duo, Fine Arts at First, Monroe, MI.
March 31, 1996, Hontz-McDermott Duo, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, Perkins Center for the Arts, Philadelphia
April 16, 1996, Hontz-McDermott Duo, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
May 2, 1996, Radio Broadcast, WITF, Hontz-McDermott Duo, and numerous other radio broadcasts of recording during fund-raising drive of 1996.
August 27, 1996, Live Radio Broadcast, WNYC, NYC, Hontz-McDermott, Duo
Review of Paseos
American Record Guide, Elaine Fine
“John Carbon’s Paseos, with its harmonically and rhythmically interesting interchanges and unusual guitar writing, is the most challenging music here. It has five playful, light, soft and sweet sections. The rest of the contemporary music is all harmless and very tonal.”