Wim Dijkgraaf

contemporary composer & jazz harmonica player

David Liebman’s new book – What It Is

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017

In conversation with noted historian Lewis Porter, Liebman recounts his life with notable insights into his getting polio as a young boy and its effects; seeing Coltrane live in the clubs of New York as a teenager; studying wtih Charles Lloyd and Lenny Tristano; playing in the groups of Elvin Jones and Miles Davis; his career as a leader, teacher and more. This is a fascinating insight into what...

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Claus Ogerman

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014

Though he has big credits in jazz and big respect amongst aficionados this substantial 23 minute work of discreetly subdued textures amid dramatic moments taps Ogerman’s classical inclinations. One of German arranger composer Ogerman’s finest scores, a wealth of introspective but elegantly flowing.melody. Ogerman’s three movement symphonic suite joins his Symbiosis for Bill...

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Babbitt: Portrait of a Serial Composer

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014

The American composer and teacher Milton Babbitt died Saturday, 29 January 2011 at age 94. For years, New York-based journalist and filmmaker Robert Hilferty had been constructing a documentary on Babbitt. It was a quirky, loving look at a man regarded by many as a composer of “difficult” music. Hilferty left the film unfinished when he died in 2009. Composer and former Babbitt...

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Lennie Tristano Documentary

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013

Published on Jul 5, 2012 NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) Documentary from 1983 about Lennie Tristano, featuring interviews and live clips with among others Warne Marsh, Connie Crothers, Lee Konitz and Sheila Jordan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvk0U3FTWzQ By the mid-1950s, Tristano focused his energies more on music education. He can be regarded as one of the first jazz teachers to...

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John Cage Documentary

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013

Make sure you check out this wonderful John Cage resource: Artsy’s John Cage page John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him...

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