Guest Artist Chris Reyman To Improv With IWU Students
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Composer, pianist and accordionist Chris Reyman will perform improvisations
with IWU School of Music students on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. at Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall (1210
N. Park St., Bloomington). The event is free and open to the public.
Reyman will perform alongside IWU students: Brigid Broderick ’19 (vocals), Paul Johnson
’19 (piano), Robby Kuntz ’18 (piano and percussion), Genna Simon ’18 (vocals), Jacob
Taitel ’18 (tuba) and Minji Will ’19 (vocals).
As a professor, ensemblist, composer and activist, Reyman’s musical career is as varied
and versatile as his improvisational music. His work as a pianist and accordionist
has been featured on several CDs, including “The First Four Billion Years Are the
Hardest” by Michael Meadows and “It’s a Circus Here, Dolores” by Kevin Elloitt. He
has composed soundtracks for award-winning short films, such as “The Ocean Maker”
and “Undocumented Freedom,” that have been screened at over one hundred film festivals
worldwide. Reyman is also a professor of music at the University of Texas at El Paso,
and has presented academic research about improvisation in America, Canada and France.
Reyman is a member of KOAN, an improvisational ensemble that integrates music and
dance to create an experimental artform that pushes the boundaries of improvisation.
Members include jazz musician Erik Unsworth, Grammy-nominee Mack Goldsbury and dancer
Sandra Paola López R.
Reyman, along with López, is co-founder of in2improv, an organization that uses improvisation
and the performance arts to develop creativity and collaboration in marginalized communities.
The program has recently expanded to become The Institute for Improvisation and Social
Action (ImprovISA), which focuses its efforts in communities along the U.S.-Mexico
border, particularly in major cities such as El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
By Rachel McCarthy ’21