Bill Laurance

In 2018, sound engineer Nic Hard and I spent 24 hours recording at Future-Past studios in a snowy Hudson, NY.

We came away with eleven solo piano improvisations: some which we manipulated with effects, and others that we left untouched. This improvised material is the basis of Future / Present — 80 minutes of music, which we have stitched together into one continuous piece for its exclusive presentation here. Improvisation is a key aspect of my expression as a pianist and composer, and is a reflection of any musician’s pathway in music: their tuition and interests, mood and perspective. To improvise is to be in the present, composing right there and then in the moment; trusting your first instinct.