JB Floyd, Pianist/Composer/Improviser,
and Professor (Piano)
JB FLOYD, Pianist/Composer/Improviser, and Professor (Piano) and
Chair, Department of Keyboard Performance, at the Frost School of
Music at the University of Miami.
Floyd received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of
North Texas, and a D.M. in Performance from Indiana University. He
was a student of Silvio and Isabel Scionti and Sidney Foster. JB
Floyd was awarded a Town Hall (NYC) debut recital by the National
Guild of Piano Teachers competition and received a Fulbright
scholarship for study in Vienna. He also received an Artist in
Residence appointment to Hawaii by the Ford Foundation and numerous
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
JB FLOYD's musical interests have prompted his participation in
a diversity of musical activities throughout his career.
Pianist/Composer/Improviser, his music making includes classical
piano recitals and solo appearances with orchestra, new music
performances as soloist and collaborator, jazz improvisations, and
presentations (in the 70's) of his multi-media electronic ensemble -
Electric Stereopticon. He has collaborated on many occasions with
David Rosenboom in concerts of two-piano improvisations throughout
North America and Europe. Their collaborations resulted in the
recording, Suitable for Framing on the ARC label of Canada.
Their most recent work together found them performing
simultaneously on Yamaha Disklaviers from "virtual stages" in Santa
Monica, CA and New York City over the Internet Electric Cafe
International, a network of sites around the world linked by
teleconferencing systems, videophones and computers.
FLOYD performed his compositions for Disklavier in New York's
Merkin Hall on the INTERPRETATIONS series of the World Music
Institute in 1997 and again in May of 2002, when he presented new
works for soloists and Disklavier on the same series.
FLOYD's compositions include solo piano pieces, works for piano/Disklavier and computer assisted electronic instruments, and works
for chorus, orchestra, jazz ensembles and chamber music combinations.
His compositions have received performances in Europe, Canada, South
America, Taiwan and South Korea, and throughout the United States.