James Romig & Ashlee Mack (December 2017)
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
James Romig endeavors to create music that reflects the intricate complexity of the natural world, where fundamental structures exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale design, obscuring boundaries between form and content. His music has been performed in 49 states and more than 30 countries. Notable ensemble performers include the JACK Quartet, Talujon, Ensemble Chronophonie, Duo Contour, Helix, Khasma Piano Duo, New Muse Duo, the Zodiac Trio, Suono Mobile, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Solo performances include recitals by pianists Ashlee Mack and Taka Kigawa, flutists John McMurtery and Harvey Sollberger, violinist Erik Carlson, and numerous others. Recordings of his music have been released on the Blue Griffin, First Step, and Navona record labels, and also by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space. His percussion works are especially well-known and have received hundreds of performances around the world. Guest-composer visits include Eastman, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Illinois, and the American Academy in Rome. Residencies include Petrified Forest National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Copland House. He holds degrees from Rutgers University (PhD, studying with Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt) and the University of Iowa (MM, BM). He has been on faculty at Western Illinois University since 2002
ABOUT THE PERFORMER
Pianist Ashlee Mack has given recitals in Germany, Italy, and across the United States. She is a co-founder of the Khasma Piano Duo and has performed solo and chamber music with organizations such as the Society for Chromatic Art, Vox Novus, the San Francisco New Music Forum, the Iowa Composers Forum, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Aspen Composers Conference, PASIC, and conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc. Mack’s recordings of Odds and Ends by Robert Morris and For Milton by Christian Carey are featured on the Perspectives of New Music/Open Space compact disc, “Milton Babbitt: A Composers’ Memorial.” Her recording of James Romig’s Transparencies can be heard on Navona Records, and Khasma Piano Duo’s debut album Switchback was released in November 2015. She was an artist-in-residence at Wupatki National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park in December 2013 and participated as an auditor at the 2015 June In Buffalo New Music Festival. Upcoming events include a concert tour with flutist John McMurtery and recitals, world premieres, and recordings with Khasma Piano Duo. Mack is currently the Coordinator of Piano Instruction at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.