Official Website of Composer and Pianist James Armstrong
Forty years after university, I continue to explore the intersection of improvisation and modern classical music, through the medium of concert grand piano. Purposely removed from electronic effects, digital samples, and traditional instrumentation, this is a content-driven music centered on extended, real-time performance; an original practice that has moved beyond the political barriers that exist in the San Francisco Bay Area. The music is frequently heard on the NPR affiliate WGVU-FM in Grand Rapids, Michigan; see also the references on the Artists Recording Collective website. A special thanks to WKCR / Columbia University, which aired the extended performance “Sanctuary” in its entirety earlier this year.
The “Ruminations” session / ARC-2956, July 1, 2018. Yamaha C9 piano / Studio ‘A’, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Performances, lessons, and expert transcription from original source recordings.