(ECM Records), a recording of mostly improvised solo piano works composed in the time of their performance, is an immediate and unadorned document of my creative process. Many of the areas of music that interest me are explored in these pieces including silence and sound, repetition and stasis, and the dismantling of styles and idioms. Owing to the very personal and “stripped down” nature of solo piano performance these ideas are rendered in their most explicit form in this context.
can serve as a sort of primer to the investigation of some of my other compositions for improvising ensembles and/or electronic music with improvisation. Much of the initial material for the music in these larger projects generates from a similar creative process as is documented on Avenging Angel
. Starting from that place, the music is then either simplified or complicated and otherwise enriched either by the increased palette offered through electronics or by the presence of other creative musicians working with the material. So what is begun as work on myself with one instrument, I then bring to other people and into other contexts to be extended and evolved. Ultimately, I see all of these projects as related in that they explore how music can be created as a result of improvised interactions with an instrument, with electronics, and with each other.