What do you mean you are an experimental musician?

IN ADDITION to my work as a composer, I am also an improvisor. A 'comproviser,' if you will. I got my start in jazz piano, and I've continued to hone my chops as live music maker on the piano....and with anything I can get my hands on that will make sound. 

Building on the work of many other jazz and experimental musicians such as Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, John Cage, and my own mentor Christian Asplund, I've striven to develop the ability to create intense and one-of-a-kind solo and collaborative improvisational experiences. From leading in BYU's GEM ensemble (Group for Experimental Music) to my solo piano concert series Map of Trees, to my piano/percussion duo with Eric Retterer and my work with LORKAS (Laptop Orchestra of Arizona State) I've been exploring the boundaries sound making, the possibilities of heavily extended piano techniques and live computer music, and the very question of what it means to 'make music.'

There is nothing quite like the act of performing music in the very moment it is created. There is nothing quite like creating and performing music in ways quite unlike anything that has come before. New instruments—new technologies—new sounds on old instruments—sharing the joy of the discovery live. Though I love composing—writing out music for others to perform, the grand old tradition of putting your ideas on the page for posterity—there is something powerful, unfiltered, even primal and perhaps drawing on a deeper, more instinctual  level of musicality when I turn 'comproviser.'

Listen here to Map of Trees, my first solo piano album. Follow me on Soundcloud for regular improv session postings.