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James Romig: Time Seems to Pass

by Khasma Piano Duo

James Romig's "Time Seems to Pass," for two pianos, was composed in June 2012 during a three-week artist residency at Grand Canyon National Park. The 37-minute work explores the ambiguity of perception, the fragility of memory, and the passing of time.
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James Romig (b.1971) 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 work has been described as "a complex quilt of sound" (Moline Dispatch), "unhurried, pointillistic" (Baltimore Sun), and "the musical equivalent of fractal geometry" (Classical New Jersey). Influenced by both serialism (Romig studied with Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen while earning a PhD at Rutgers University) and minimalism (he studied percussion as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa), his music is further inspired by post-modern literature, abstract expressionist painting, progressive rock, and doom metal. His music has been performed in 49 states and more than 30 countries. Notable performers include the JACK Quartet, Talujon, Chronophonie, Duo Contour, Helix, Khasma Piano Duo, New Muse Duo, Zodiac Trio, Duo Harpverk, Suono Mobile, the Quad City Symphony, pianists Ashlee Mack and Taka Kigawa, flutists John McMurtery and Harvey Sollberger, violinist Erik Carlson, and others. His percussion works are especially well-known and have received hundreds of performances around the world. Recordings of his music have been released by Blue Griffin, First Step, Navona, and Perspectives of New Music/Open Space. Guest-composer visits include Eastman, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Illinois, Northwestern, and the American Academy in Rome. Artist residencies include national parks (Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest), Centrum, and Copland House. He has been on faculty at Western Illinois University since 2002.

The Khasma Piano Duo was formed in 2012 by Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo, who have been playing together 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. Their concert tours have taken them to Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. They recently performed at the SCI National Conference at Ball State University and were invited to give a program of American contemporary works for the Illinois College Fine Arts Series. In January 2015, Khasma presented the world premiere of Robert Morris’ Forty Fingers for eight hands at the Eastman School of Music. They have also premiered and recorded James Romig’s Time Seems to Pass and David Vayo’s Times and Places.



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