August 27, 2014

Guest Recital: Khasma Piano Duo - Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: COFAC Recital Hall
Free and open to the public.

Ashlee Mack, piano
Katherine Palumbo, piano


Time Seems To Pass (extended version - 2012) - James Romig (b. 1971)

"Time seems to pass. The world happens, unrolling into moments..."
- Don DeLillo (opening sentences of The Body Artist

The Khasma Duo was formed in 2012 by Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo. The two pianists have been playing together for several years since meeting as undergraduates at Bucknell University in 2000. Because they share a passion for contemporary music, the duo has dedicated themselves to the performance of works from the 20th and 21st centuries. In March, 2014, Khasma performed at the National Conference of the Society of Composers Incorporated (SCI) at Ball State University. Upcoming concerts include performances at Knox College, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, Frostburg State University, and the Eastman School of Music. The programs will feature works chosen from their 2014 Call for Scores. For more information, please visit

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, Ensemble Chronophonie, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Duo Contour, Helix, New Muse Duo, Suono Mobile, the Zodiac Trio, and the University of Iowa Center for New Music. Solo and chamber performances include recitals by pianists Ashlee Mack and Taka Kigawa, flutists John McMurtery and Harvey Sollberger, and numerous other instrumentalists. His music for percussion ensemble has become especially well-known and has received hundreds of performances around the world. He has given guest-composer presentations at Juilliard, the Cincinnati Conservatory, Northwestern, Buffalo, and the American Academy in Rome. Artist residencies include Petrified Forest National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Copland House. This year, his music will be featured at the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival, Music Now at Indiana State University, and at the Eastman School of Music, where he will also be guest of the Composition Symposium. His composition Dorsia will soon be released on compact disc by Duo Harpverk, who recorded the work at Iceland’s legendary Greenhouse Studios. He is one of six composers commissioned by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra to write music in celebration of its 100th season: Bridges, for large orchestra, will premiere in November. Romig holds degrees from Rutgers University (PhD, studying with Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt) and the University of Iowa (MM, BM). He is professor of music composition and theory at Western Illinois University, where he has been on faculty since 2002.

Related Web Site: Khasma Piano Duo
Contact Information:
 Joanie Herbert
 Phone: 309-298-1873
Source: School of Music

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