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 as digital downloads on CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes. Other recordings include Odds and Ends by Robert Morris and For Milton by 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. Mack was an artist-in-residence at Wupatki National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, and Centrum in Fort Worden State Park, WA. She participated as an auditor at the 2015 June in Buffalo New Music Festival and has been awarded an artist residency at Everglades National Park in December 2017. In collaboration with composer and husband, James Romig, Mack will present the world premiere of his 60-minute solo piano piece, Still, at the Clyfford Still Art Museum in Denver in 2017 and his new work for piano and orchestra commissioned by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in 2018. Mack is currently the Coordinator of Piano Instruction 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. Upcoming performances include a concert tour of two-piano and four-hand contemporary works with Khasma at West Virginia University, Marshall University and Chatham University, as well as a performance of The Silent Spring Project with Trillium at Carnegie Mellon University in March of 2017.