"The music I want to do is in this album." The statement is emphatic and it's from Carlos Franzetti, whose composition and arrangements are here in Galaxy Dust. Franzetti is a commercially successful but publicly unrecognized composer/arranger who already enjoyed a solid career in film scoring in Argentina and Mexico before coming to the United States in 1975. Although he makes a living writing music for the commercial advertising world, he is a prolific composer of classical music as well as arranger for jazz groups from Art Blakey to Ray Barretto. This, however, is his first American album. With encouragement from his contemporaries, including Chick Corea and Bob James, Franzetti has continued to write especially for such commissions as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Symphony and Atlanta Symphony, which have programmed expanded versions of two of the pieces on this album, "Pavane" and "Something from the South." It was James who introduced Franzetti to the The Orchestra, the Los Angeles ensemble composed of the best of that area's symphony and jazz players. In a concert series held in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, it presented music of and by jazz composers in what was once termed Third Stream and might now be dubbed American Classical music. As a result of the music heard on this album, The Orchestra commissioned Franzetti to write a symphonic poem, which was premiered in the spring of 1981. Of the music here represented, those for large orchestra were recorded in one session late in 1979 - "Pavane" and "Gravitational Forces." "Pandora," "Mambo Tango," "Galaxy Dust," and "Something from the South" were recorded in two occasions during the spring of 1980 using various small group combinations. "It's what I'm involved with. It shows my different characters, from the samba to classical to atonal music... it's an honest approach to my music and how I feel."