for piano trio, 13'
Premiered by Kimberly Busic, Brianna Tagliaferro, and Kevin Madison at the Boston Conservatory, on 4th April, 2018.
Improvisatory is based on an improvisation I did on the piano several years ago. The piece begins with a solo piano intro - a transcription of this improvisation, but is soon joined by the violin and cello, all competing for the limelight. They refresh with a new idea, but struggle to work together, taking their time to understand the progression, eventually gaining more and more confidence, and working together to achieve a musical goal. The second movement expands on this one idea - and is a set of 5 variations of the theme, displaced by short interjecting fragments intend to refresh the listener before the next variation - an idea inspired by Arvo Pärt's Fratres.