David Maki, composer

David Maki is a composer and pianist based in the Chicago area. Maki’s compositions have been performed widely at regional, national and international venues by many diverse ensembles and musicians. His music has been described as “fresh and unusual” by All Music Guide, “vivid, languid, introspective” by American Record Guide and “meditative and beautiful” by Fanfare Magazine. Recordings of his music can be found on the Albany Records and Avid Sound Recordings labels. Maki has substantial experience as a pianist and collaborative artist performing a variety of genres including classical, jazz, lounge, and new music; he has toured Scandinavia twice as pianist with American Laulajat (Finnish Male Singers of North America). Currently, Maki is on the faculty of Northern Illinois University, where he is Associate Professor of Music, and serves as Assistant Director and Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition in the School of Music. He holds degrees in composition from Northern Illinois University (B.M.), the University of Iowa (M.A.), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A.). His composition teachers include Jan Bach, David Gompper, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, and Michael Daugherty; his piano teachers include Donald Walker and Logan Skelton


Five Impromptus for Two - I
"Five Impromptus for Two" was composed in the winter of 2014. My idea was to involve a performer as collaborator from the start of the compositional process. Pianist Ashlee Mack has been a performing partner of mine, shares many musical sensibilities with me, and made an ideal collaborator for this project. Several times over the winter, I brought her short musical ideas (brief melodies, a few harmonies, etc.) and we used them as catalysts for improvisation. I recorded our sessions, listened and transcribed sections, and used them as source material in the composition of five short pieces. Ms. Mack and I premiered movements I, IV, and V at Northern Illinois University in the spring of 2015. A studio recording of all five movements is due to be released in September 2017 on Novona Records.