my other website FredLipsius.com
to check out my music, my time with Blood, Sweat & Tears,
some "stories" I think you'll enjoy, and more.
For quite a long time, I've been feeling a need
to share my artwork with others... It's been pouring through me
in such abundance over the last 4 years - about 4,000 pieces.
It's hard for me to believe... I'm in awe of it. Not just the
amount, but more so the experience, which brought with it lots
of learning and growth. It's all been such a gift. The whole process
filled me with a child-like sense of wonder, and continues to
this day to be one big, fun-filled adventure.
Often, with a new piece I was creating, I would have this anticipation
and confident feeling that I was about to receive another gift
, which was actually, the art itself. Not just the art, but something
much greater which was contained 'within' the art. Unlike drawing
or painting a flower, animal or person, etc; much of my artwork
I 'improvised', without having a clear/specific image in mind
of the completed creation. I simply trusted, surrendered, and
knew, intuitively, that something good and worthwhile would be
given to me. Always! Because I held to this approach, I had a
tremendous feeling of freedom.
Producing this artwork has been a wonderful, creative awakening
for me! It's been a whole new way of experiencing creativity apart
from the way I've known as a musician during my life. Not just
my creativity, but experiencing the way the hand of God works
in someone's life, using what they have, what they are, what they
do, love, know and don't know, what they never thought they could
accomplish, and especially, using what they are going through
at particular times in their life - joy, pain or whatever else.
For me, it all comes down to LOVE - opening your heart and allowing
your talents to be used for what Divine Spirit is directing and
desires you to do, for your own good as well as the good of all
life! That way, everyone receives the benefits, in ways we don't
even know. For all of this and more, I'm very grateful.
I wish you much enjoyment as you view my site.
Lipsius was the original saxophonist, arranger and conductor
with Blood, Sweat & Tears from 1967 to 1971. He also doubled
on keyboards. While with the band, he won nine Gold Records
plus a Grammy Award for his arrangement of "Spinning Wheel."
Fred also arranged and co-arranged, respectively, the hit singles
"Hi-De-Ho" and "You've Made Me So Very Happy".
He brought the 'jazz' element to the band and the public in
his sax and piano solos and his arrangements. In both the Downbeat
and Playboy jazz polls he placed in the top ten of the alto
sax category. Rock and Roll history books credit him as the
first saxophonist to mix jazz and rock styles in his solos.
Fred has composed, arranged and produced radio and TV commercials,
including 2 CBS TV logos- themes introducing the season's upcoming
shows. In the spring of 1982, he toured in Japan and Europe
with Simon and Garfunkle and was a featured soloist.
Fred has authored six books/CDs on jazz improvisation and jazz
reading, published throughout the world. He has performed with
jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims,
Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, George Mraz, Larry Willis, Randy Brecker,
Rodney Jones and many others. He has written music for and performed
on over 30 CDs as both a leader and sideman. Fred is currently
an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston,
where he's been teaching full-time since 1984.
Born in the Bronx, New York City on November 19, 1943, Fred
began playing the clarinet at age 9, alto and tenor saxophones
in Junior High School, and the piano at Music and Art High School
in Manhattan. He continued his studies at Berklee School of
Since 2004, he has given nearly one hundred performances at
nursing homes, mental hospitals and senior citizens homes around
Boston, playing solo saxophone and piano and sharing stories
with the residents. Fred continues to keep his creativity alive
and flowing by immersing himself in one project or another.
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