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Tribute to John Lewis by Gunther Schuller

(This tribute was originally delivered by Mr. Schuller at the Memorial Service held for Mr. Lewis at Riverside Church in Manhattan on April 17, 2001) It was on a winter evening in 1947, on a day when New York City was visited by one of the greatest blizzards in its entire history, that I met […]

John Lewis Dies at 80

John LewisPhoto by Wil Mosgrove, courtesy of Atlantic Records John Lewis, a founding member of one of the most famous ensembles in jazz, the Modern Jazz Quartet, died in Manhattan on Thursday, March 29. He was 80. The M.J.Q. was a leading concert attraction from the mid-1950s to the late ’90s. The quartet made its […]

Hell Cafe

Nick Didkovsky demonstrates Hell CafePhoto courtesy of the composer Hell Cafe is constructed in a hierarchy. On the bottom level of the hierarchy are sound samples, pre-recorded using a drum machine and live musicians: Tyrone Henderson (voice), Anne LaBerge (flute), and Didkovsky himself (electric guitar). These pre-recorded samples were stored as .wav or .aiff files […]

Aaron Tanner, Emerging Composer, Dies in Milwaukee

Aaron Tanner and Jennifer Meier Photo courtesy of the family On February 25, 2001, the young Milwaukee composer Aaron Tanner was fatally shot, halting in mid-stride a career that was just starting to blossom. While walking from his apartment to the nearby home of a friend on the city’s northeast side, Aaron was robbed and […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Louis Karchin

Louis Karchinphoto by William Tomlin Lieberson Fellowship winner Louis S. Karchin is Professor of Music at New York University. He earned his Ph.D. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, and his B.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music. He has been composer-in-residence at the Wellesley Composers Conference, and has received composition prizes from the […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman self-portrait Ives Fellowship recipient Jonathan Newman received his M.M. degree from The Juilliard School, and his B.M. degree summa cum laude from Boston University. He attended the Aspen Music School and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Composition Program. His principal teachers include John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Bernard Rands, George Tsontakis, […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Gabriela Frank

Gabriela Frankphoto by Sabina Frank Gabriela Lena Frank is a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Michigan and has M.M. and B.M. degrees from Rice University. Her principal composition teachers have included William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Samuel Jones, Paul Cooper, and Ellsworth Milburn. She has studied at La Universidad […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Russell Platt

Russell Plattphoto by Melissa Richard Russell Platt is senior editor for classical music at the “Goings On About Town” section of The New Yorker. He was educated at Oberlin College, the Curtis Institute of Music, Cambridge University, and the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Ph.D. He has been a fellow at Yaddo, the […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Other Winners

James BarryJames Barry is a doctoral student at Florida State University. He earned his Master of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Music from the University of South Florida. His principal teachers are Ladislave Kubiak, Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Stephen Montague, Mark Schultz, James Lewis, and Paul Reller. Braxton […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Joshua Penman

Joshua Penmanphoto by Jennifer Bassetti Yale senior Joshua Penman composed his winning piece As It Is, Infinite between September, 1999 and May 2000. “It marked a break in my style,” he explained in a telephone interview. “I stopped trying to write cute music and decided to write something that I would find beautiful.” Penman has […]