Composer/Improviser Gregory Hall has been performing weekly live concerts of compositional improvisation in the online world Second Life since March 2009, as well as a variety of “real-world” venues. He holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied composition with Ned Rorem. He is an elected member of the American Composers Alliance, and has received commissions from the Music Teacher’s National Association, the Arcady Chamber Orchestra, etc., and has had many works performed and reviewed in the U.S. and abroad. He is a Fellow of the Ucross Foundation, and is listed in Marquis’ Who’sWho in America.
About his improvisations, Greg says:
“My compositional improvisations are developed logically from musical templates based on decades of research I have performed in music theory. They are new yet traditionally approachable because they are tonally advanced but still logical to the ear, and done in an expressive romantic style. Such composer-driven classical improvisation is a new angle for classical music today. Many people who know little to nothing about classical music enjoy my style.
It seems axiomatic that any music which communicates directly with its listeners has improvisation at its heart. Fans of jazz go to concerts not so much to hear the music but to hear what performers will do with the music. Classical music was perhaps at its most culturally relevant during the Baroque, when performers improvised constantly around figured bass. I seek to return this kind of improvisational relevance to classical music.
I as a composer bring a wealth of musical knowledge gained in school, through written classical composition (I have several well-reviewed commercial CD’s), and in development of my unique copyrighted improvisational templates. I have developed a proven online/analog fanbase through my internet and real world concerts, recorded and print interviews, and reviews. My playing has influenced people not only to become fans of my music, but of contemporary classical (and traditional classical) music, as well as influencing other musicians.”
Please click here for Greg’s full online biography: http://www.gregoryhall.org/Gregory_Hall_Bio.pdf
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