Our Faculty: James Crowley
UW-Parkside Associate Professor of Music Jim Crowley is in Novi Sad, Serbia, today through Thursday, July 4, for the World Piano Conference. Crowley's complete works for solo piano will be performed by Eun-Joo Kwak this Saturday, June 29.
Titled "The Impromptu Revisited: Piano Music of James Crowley," the lecture recital focuses on three solo piano works: "Impromptu I" (written in 1994), "Impromptu II" (2001), and "Impromptu III" (2008). These three pieces as described as revealing "a diverse array of Crowley's influences and models. Each serves as a vehicle for exploring varied keyboard techniques, textures, and sonorities. While a careful study of these works reveals a finely wrought formal design, the surface impression is one of spontaneity, freedom, and caprice-- hence the title 'Impromptu.'"Crowley's works have been performed throughout the USA and Canada, as well as in Germany, Denmark, South Africa, South Korea, and India. His music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Eastman Wind Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Interlochen Academy Symphonic Band, Millar Brass Ensemble, Arizona New Music Ensemble, and by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Crowley earned his undergraduate degree in composition from the University of Illinois and completed his master's degree and doctorate in composition at Northwestern University.