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Bay Area Beats: Phillip Greenlief

Phillip Greenlief is a kind of musical everyman. He's a composer, improviser, and teacher, and plays saxaphone in 30 different Bay Area ensembles.

In this episode of Bay Area Beats, he talks about his new series of graphic scores called Barbed Wire, and how improvised music is the oldest music around.

PHILLIP GREENLIEF: I kind of want you to go in a straight line here, whoa! But no, I want you to go off and get lost for a second and then come back and then, whoa! Make a big turn and end up somewhere else.

You can hear Barbed Wire performed May 19 at Berkeley Arts. For more information, click here.

To listen to the interview, please click the audio player above.