Dates: March 17-18, 2023

The Ball State University School of Music is pleased to feature guest composer James Romig at the 52nd Annual Pellegrini Festival of New Music. Additional guest artists include The Khasma Piano Duo, Chris Craychee, and the Biggs Schmidt-Swarts Duo.

This year's Festival is in part made possible by the Pellegrini Music Festival Endowment (fund #5720). Donations to the fund are welcome.

James Romig

 James Romig endeavors to create music that reflects the fragile intricacy of the natural world, where isomorphic pattern and design exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale structure, obscuring boundaries between content and form. Critics have described his work as “rapturous, slow-moving beauty” (San Francisco Chronicle), "developing with the naturalness of breathing" (The New Yorker), and “profoundly meditative... haunting” (The Wire). His Still, for solo piano, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.

A photo of the Khasma Piano Duo with visual artist Chris Craychee

Trekking - The Khasma Piano Duo + Chris Craychee

The Khasma Piano Duo and visual artist Chris Craychee will be presenting Trekking, a project inspired by people and nature moving through space and time, in celebration of Khasma’s 10th anniversary, and a first-time collaboration with a visual artist.

The Khasma Piano Duo was formed in 2012 by Ashlee Mack and Katherine Palumbo. Dedicated to the performance and recording of works from the 20th and 21st centuries their concert tours have taken the duo all over the US, with performances at the Eastman School of Music, the Illinois College Fine Arts Series, the SCI National Conference at Ball State University, and various new-music festivals. Their recordings are available from Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp, and on Innova and Navona Records. .

Chris Craychee is a visual artist and freelance project manager/producer living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. His current creative practice focuses on video-related experiments after years dedicated to painting, drawing, and other static 2D and 3D media. Interested in the dichotomies and contradictions inherent in the human act of processing information and experience, Craychee places audiences into virtual environments that can be familiar and comforting yet disorienting.


Contact assistant professor of music composition Chin Ting Chan.