My time at Civitella was one of reflection and new beginnings – facilitated by long walks in the beautiful country-side, stimulating excursions to see artwork in local hill towns, and inspiring presentations by and conversations with the other fellows.
I re-orchestrated and revised two recent major works for new ensembles that will be performed this coming year: Homogenous Infiltration for Improvising Pianist, Chamber Ensemble and Fixed Media, and To Fit Our Real Better (for Muhal Richard Abrams), thus furthering my thinking about new directions in my work – adding electronic and fixed media elements to acoustic ensembles comprised of both contemporary classical players and improvisers.
I immensely enjoyed the gift of having time to play the piano every day – not just to practice, but for pure pleasure. Through this, I discovered and developed several new techniques and began a set of solo piano compositions.
I made significant progress designing a new course on the role of improvisation across disciplines to teach at UC Berkeley in spring 2020 – conversations with fellows about their own experiences with improvisation were immensely insightful to this end.