My training in improvisation comes from a combination of jazz pedagogy and free-improvisation practices taught by students of John Cage and Pauline Oliveros. In cultivating my own practice, I search for inspiration in studying 20th century visual art and natural/cosmic phenomena to realize acoustic and electro-acoustic improvised performances. I have been a member of the Illinois Improviser's Exchange, COLAB: Music and Dance collective, and collaborated with performance painters as a solo artist. In advocating for improvised music, I have co-hosted Salon Impromptu, an initative to create informal concert experiences where musicians and audiences are exposed to exisiting and new compositions featuring improvisation.
June 21, 2021
This piece is part of my ongoing project, Water Sketches, which seeks to represent water in different natural contexts. It is in these places I find the most solace. This quasi-improvisatory work is influenced by Pauline Oliveros, Ruth-Crawford Seeger, Claude Debussy, and Philip Glass.
April 5, 2020
A meditation against a palindromic electronics track, reflecting my early, scattered feelings of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effects on those around me.
Piano improvisation inspired by the music of Justin Hurtiwz, Erik Satie, Sigur Ros, and The Wombats.
Excerpt from performance at Temple Buell Hall at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2018.
Excerpt from performance at Temple Buell Hall at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2018. Composer: Scott Knier