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© Gisela Gamper

Downbeat magazine declared that Richard Teitelbaum, "…whose background includes both classical music and improvised jazz, is one of those rare individuals with the tasteful sensibility to recognize the beauty of the synthesizer and the technological expertise to intelligently employ it. He utilizes electronics to liberate his musical ideas, freeing them from the technical limitations inherent in performing on traditional instruments." Indeed, Teitelbaum is a composer and performer known principally for his live electronic and interactive computer music. He was a founder, with Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Curran, of Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome in 1966. He has composed works in a variety of genres, including compositions for the Japanese shakuhachi master Katsuya Yokoyama, pianists Aki Takahashi and Ursula Oppens, a choral piece for twenty Japanese Buddhist monks, and multimedia works with Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, and others. Teitelbaum’s work has been performed around the world, and he is the recipient of many awards, including the Prix Ars Electronica from Austrian Radio and Television; commissions from the Venice Biennale, German Radio, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, Meet the Composer/NEA Commissioning Program, and Rockefeller Foundation; and Fulbright research grants for work in Italy and Japan. His recordings appear on Tzadik, Music and Arts, Hat Art, Wego, and Moers record labels. Teitelbaum has held teaching positions at Vassar College, California Institute of the Arts, Antioch College, York University in Toronto, and Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. He currently is Associate Professor of Music at Bard College.



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