Corky Siegel still creating originals |

Corky Siegel still creating originals

Leslie Brefeld
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

BRECKENRIDGE ” Corky Siegel’s career has gone many places, in the early years crossing Jim Schwall’s country with his own blues stylings in the Siegel-Schwall Band. Classical composer and fan of the 60s band, Seijji Ozawa led his career in a new direction ” writing and performing symphonic pieces.

Now, sticking with the blues base, he’s combing his life experiences to form a new kind of music.

“The Chamber compositions are a juxtaposition of blues and classical flavors ” all originals,” Siegel said.

Usually called crossover music, he’d said he’d rather coin it as “crossunder.”

“Crossover music tends to focus on instrumentation …” or on a blues performer playing classical or a classical performer playing blues. Yet with the Chamber Blues, “the classical remains in its tradition and the blues is still in a blues mode. I find ways of the two working together simultaneously.”

Although he’s just finished composing his fourth symphonic piece (to be debuted in Pennsylvania in August) he says he’s now focused on the Chamber Blues band.

He said with this crew, the whole group can fit on the bus.

“It’s more similar to sitting around with my blues band, and coming up with concepts.”

Siegel’s career is not only dynamic musically.

Due out in October, Siegel has written a book on a musical technique, which he says he’s garnered from 20 years of Master classes.

“The book was written because I discovered an extremely simple and quick technique for deepening, immediate (expression in performance).

“It’s fun to watch the myths and suppressive traditions crumble with every page turned,” he said.

Corky Siegel and his traveling Chamber Blues band perform Tuesday at the Riverwalk Center, opening for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. The show is a benefit concert for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

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