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Dialogue: duets with Hwayoung Shon

by James Armstrong

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One 11:57
Two 06:32
Three 08:21
Four 13:03
Five 11:47
Six 11:58
Seven 08:12
Eight 05:46
Nine 11:41


Hwayoung and I are pleased to present these improvised duets for 12-string gayageum and acoustic piano, which were recorded without edits or overdubs at Doug Pohoroski’s Acoustic Sound Shop studio in San Jose, California.

To be sure, few musicians in this region are amenable to performance in the moment – essentially, responding to what one hears, in real-time, without regard to written scores, in two dimensions. In a word, this is music without a net; erasures or “corrections” are impossible.

The session gelled, moments into the first piece. It was apparent that Hwayoung and I had found a common ground, based on our shared musical interests. A great virtuosa, she is especially open-minded as a performer, consistently using innovative techniques, and approaches.

We hope that will you enjoy these marvelous moments; a beautiful synthesis of two acoustic instruments, and their shared traditions.

James D. Armstrong, Jr.
November 2022


released November 21, 2022

Recorded on October 23, 2022 at Acoustic Sound Shop Studio, San Jose, California. Engineered and mastered by Doug Pohorski. Yamaha C7 piano.

"Dialogue" © 2022 by James David Armstrong, Jr. (BMI) and Hwayoung Shon. Album cover art and design by Hwayoung Shon.


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James Armstrong San Jose, California

Forty years after university, I continue to explore the intersection of improvisation and modern classical music, through the medium of concert grand piano. Purposely removed from electronic effects, this is a content-driven music centered on extended, real-time performance; an original practice that has moved beyond the political barriers that exist in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... more

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