- Anthony Davis (composer)
Anthony Davis (born
February 20, 1951in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American composer, jazz pianist, and student of gamelanmusic.
Davis composed an
operaentitled "X" (about Malcolm X), taught at Yale University, and has played with Anthony Braxtonand Leo Smith. In 1981, he formed an octetcalled Episteme. He also wrote the incidental musicfor the Broadway version of Tony Kushner's " Angels in America". He incorporates several styles including jazz, rhythm 'n' blues, gospel, non-Western, African, European classical, Indonesian, and experimental music. [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:difuxqt5ldke allmusic ((( Anthony Davis > Overview ))) ] ]
Davis is with the
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and has received acclaim as a free-jazzpianist, a co-leader or sidemanwith various ensembles. Such ensembles include those which featured Smith as bandleaderfrom 1974 to 1977.
Davis, a current professor of music at the
University of California San Diego, has written a new opera set to be premiered in March 2007. " Wakonda's Dream" is a tale of a contemporary Native American family and the history that affects them.
List of compositions
*Wayang V (Piano Concerto, 1984)
*Maps (Violin Concerto, 1988)
* X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X (1986)
* Under the Double Moon (1989)
* Tania (1992)
* [http://www.schirmer.com/composers/davis_bio.html Schirmer.com: Anthony Davis]
* [http://music.ucsd.edu/public/fm_music_directory.php?cmd=fm_music_directory_detail&query_Full_Name=+Anthony+Davis&query_Active_Status=Faculty Profile at UCSD]
* [http://www.uctv.tv/mams/bios-davis.shtml Musicians & Middle Schools: Anthony Davis]
* [http://www.scaruffi.com/jazz/adavis.html Anthony Davis review at scaruffi.com]
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