I am a classically trained improviser. I demonstrated an interest and talent in classical piano literature at a young age. From 1967 to 1969, I studied with Dr. Edwin LaBounty and Dr. Herbert Herman at Memphis State Univ, and later, (1969-71) with Walter Cook. at the Univ. of Missouri at Kansas City. My first professional work was in Kansas City while I was still a student.
My life in music changed when I met Saxophonist, Composer Gil Mélle. Gil had just completed his score to the Universal film, The Andromeda Strain when we played the Kansas City Jazz Festival and toured the Midwest in 1971. I was profoundly influenced by his unique approach to electronics, and maverick approach to composition and improvisation. I felt compelled to leave school and pursue my own efforts at jazz/improvised music as a composer/bandleader. Since then, I have pursued improvisation by freelancing and playing with my own bands performing original music.
My work in music tends towards jazz, but is by no means limitied to it. In 1974, I met Vocalist, Theatre director, Choreographer, Meredith Monk. In 1974, I performed her dance-theater work, Education of the Girlchild in Minneapolis. A year later, I toured Europe with her and her group The House and moved to New York to continue my work with her as keyboardist and musical consultant for the group. More on my work with Meredith Monk is explained in detail on the appropriate page in this website.
As such, even the album's ailments are applauded, as it suffers from
what many jazz albums do not, and eagerness to dare the obvious. —
All About Jazz