May 8, 2012

American Impressions

"As American composers George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and others have done, I seek to create musical experiences focused on impressions of everyday life in America- everything from subways to rain showers that we share in common. The compositions each began originally as musical exploration of melody, dissonance, improvisation, etc., but at a certain point became evocative of a specific experience, subject or emotion. As an American composer and pianist, I embrace or reference our great traditional music: jazz, blues, minimalism, Americana, and our songbook of standards, in a way that is embedded in the twenty-first century. I’m inspired by Count Basie, Muddy Waters, Steve Reich, or Green Day and choose a natural musical palette for an authentic and expressive sound."

-Lisa HIlton

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