premiere (Mvts I, IV, V): April 15, 2015, Northern Illinois University; Ashlee Mack and David Maki, piano.

Five Impromptus for Two (2014)

"Five Impromptus for Two" was composed during sabbatical leave in the winter of 2014. My idea was to involve a performer as collaborator from the start of the compositional process. Pianist Ashlee Mack has been a performing partner of mine, shares many musical sensibilities with me, and made an ideal collaborator for this project. Several times over the winter, I brought short musical ideas (brief melodies, a few harmonies, etc.) to her and we used them as catalysts for improvisation. I recorded our sessions, listened and transcribed sections, and used them as source material in the composition of five short pieces.