Pianist Ashlee Mack has given recitals in Germany, Italy, and across the United States. Specializing in contemporary music, she has performed solo and chamber music with organizations such as the Society for Chromatic Art, Vox Novus, New Music Forum, Iowa Composers Forum, New Music Festival at Western Illinois University, Bowling Green New Music Festival, Aspen Composers Conference at the Aspen Institute, PASIC, and SCI. Mack is co-founder of the Khasma Piano Duo, and their albums Switchback and Time Seems To Pass are available on CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes. Other recordings include works by Robert Morris and Christian Carey, both featured on the Milton Babbitt: a composers' memorial CD set published by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space, and James Romig’s Transparencies on the Mosaic: Society of Composers album. An avid hiker and nature enthusiast, she has been an artist-in-residence at Wupatki National Monument, Everglades National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Centrum in Fort Worden State Park, WA. In collaboration with composer and husband, James Romig, Mack presented the world premiere of his 60-minute solo piano piece, STILL, at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver in 2017, and New World Records will release the full-length recording in 2018. She will also premiere Romig's new work for piano and orchestra, commissioned by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, in 2019. Mack is currently Director of Piano Studies at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Katherine Palumbo is a pianist, vocalist and advocate for the performance of contemporary music. As a founding member of both the Khasma Piano Duo and Trillium Ensemble (flute, clarinet and piano trio) she is passionate about collaborating with others on uniquely programmed concerts and has premiered pieces by notable composers such as James Romig, Robert Morris, Federico Garcia, Efrain Amaya, Nathan Hall, Matthew Heap, and Mark Fromm. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Palumbo has performed with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Alia Musica, OvreArts and has performed live on Classical WQED 89.3 FM. She has been an accompanist at Duquesne University, a vocal coach and accompanist for Chatham Universityʼs Minna Kaufmann Ruud Scholars, and director of music for Incarnation of Lord Catholic Church. Most recently she performed The Silent Spring Project with the Trillium Ensemble as part of the New Hazlett Theaterʼs 2015/2016 CSA (Community Supported Art) Performance Series, and released debut albums with both Khasma (Switchback in November 2015) and Trillium (Silent Spring in April 2016). Palumbo earned her degree in piano performance from Bucknell University where she studied with Barry Hannigan. Other notable piano teachers include Maria Caruso and Ralph Zitterbart of Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Alexander Technique teaching certificate from the Philadelphia School of the Alexander Technique under the instruction of Martha Hansen Fertman. She currently teaches piano and the Alexander Technique from her home in Pittsburgh.