Improvisation

This is the final improvisation for the “Evening Improvisation” series.  It is loud, a bit obnoxious, and was totally fun to play.  It has some elements similar to the earlier cluster-percussion improvisation, but from a different angle.  Specifically, there is a nearly continuous tremolo cluster in the pedals.  The feet are usually playing a chord … More Improvisation

Improvisation

Happy Thanksgiving!  Almost that is.  And if you’re in the US (hi Canadian and non-US friends!).  I have sat on a few improvisations that I was not too crazy about from a recording session at Duquesne’s Chapel with the new organ.  I decided this week that I would head back in and try again.  To … More Improvisation

Composition

Oof.  That is how I will being today.  I have never thought of myself as much of a pianist and the technical ability on a high performing level feels much out of reach.  I hosted a recital where the fantastic Ching-Wen Hsiao played some Debussy and reminded me how much I am not a pianist. … More Composition

Improvisation

Since Easter, one of the local parishes on the South Side of Pittsburgh unfortunately closed.  While this situation is certainly an unhappy one, the Monastery, located up on the South Side Slopes, has become a new home for many of those church-goers.  We have enjoyed being as welcoming as we can even though we are … More Improvisation

Composition

I am pleased to present the second set of Chorale Preludes.  This being November (or as conceived, October), I figured a set of Advent Prelude and Postludes would be most appropriate.  As mentioned in a previous post, I really haven’t tackled many chorales as an organist/composer because it has never really interested me.  Not that … More Composition