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
TRIBUTE, his composition
for piano and computer music performance system, was released
on CD as part of the CDCM Computer Music Series Vol.18, and
is available on the Centaur label. Another recorded performance
of piano music by Salvatore Martirano is available on the
New World label.
one of JB Floyd's recent CDs features his newest
compositions premiered in New York at Merkin Hall and features flutist
Lisa Hansen and baritone Thomas Buckner.
His latest CD, SUITABLE FOR FRAMING, is a re-release of a
performance with David Rosenboom of improvisations featuring the two
pianists and the South Indian Mrdangam master, Trichy Sankaran.
This CD, SUITABLE FOR FRAMING, was selected by THE WIRE MAGAZINE of London, England,
as one of the best recordings of 2005 in the Modern Composition category. Both CDs,
which are on the MutableMusic label, are available as well at Amazon.com, Apple's I-Tunes
as well as many other Internet music sources.
A recent New York performance of Floyd's music elicited the
" Mr. DeMare sits down and starts to play the
wildly compelling ' Solos and Sequences ' (1995), by JB Floyd,
music spiked with zigzagging 12-tone riffs and
propulsive chordal outbursts. "
Anthony Tommasini, NY Times