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George Lewis: The Will to Adorn

By David Fulmer

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By David Fulmer, International Contemporary Ensemble, Steven Schick, and George Lewis. By T.J. Anderson and George Lewis. Country of Origin: United States. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.TUN005).

Item Number: NX.TUN005

George Lewis is a modern musical polymath, in the truest sense of the word. As the legendary trombonist and pioneering member of the Chicago based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Lewis was a driving force in one of the most important movements in improvised music in the last decades of the twentieth century. His work with interactive computer software has transformed the fields of electro-acoustic music and virtual instruments. He has had an equally large impact on the academic community, both through his publications and his mentoring of student composers and performers alike. Lewis's work as a composer fuses the many facets of his musicianship together, and his collaboration with ICE documented here on this recording, gives us an opportunity to see the wide net that he casts. The recording opens with the title track, a boisterous and colorful ensemble work that is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's 1934 essay, "Characteristics of Negro Expression." The recording closes with Lewis's performance of T. J. Anderson's "In Memoriam Albert Lee Murray," a writer and colleague of Anderson who often chose the African-American musical tradition as his subject matter and the departure point of inspiration.

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