I was born into a musical family - both parents were professional classical musicians. Having begun piano lessons at age 4, I won the annual Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artist competition twice, at ages 9 and 12. The prize was the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the orchestra, the Haydn Concerto in D and the Kabalevsky Concerto No. 3, respectively.
After a promising start, I left classical music and turned to the popular music of the day in my late teens, creating my own solo arrangements. But my real fascination lay with improvisation. Not the typical jazz improvisation, but creating whole cloth from scratch.
For years after, I played nothing but dwight, sitting at the piano and playing pure free improvisation. Eventually, life slowed my piano playing to a trickle and then a 12 year absence from the piano entirely.
In March 2007, my interest in the piano was reborn, and this time I began recording these one-time creations. Because of the nature of free improvisation, all pieces are unique and cannot be re-created.
The first result in mono was my first online album noodler. In August 2007, my wife presented me with a Knabe baby grand, and the Baldwin studio upright became history. The second online album, GRAND noodler, was a creative outburst brought about by having a "real" piano.
Now recording in true stereo, I have compiled my third online album, Streaming, a selection of ten representative tracks that show the range of styles and musicality.
The title reflects my approach to playing - a direct link between creation of the music and performance through the fingers. Creation and simultaneous performance, true of all improvisation, but here aimed at the creation of a "finished work," a unique performance of a composition that is complete, that stands alone and on its own merits.