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Kyle Gann

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"Kyle Gann's reputation as a composer is beginning to equal his renown as a writer on new music," wrote Paul Griffiths in the New York Times.
Gann is an internationally known authority on American music and was new-music critic for the Village Voice from 1986 to 2005. He is the author of No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage’s 4’33” (2010); Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice (2006); American Music in the Twentieth Century (1997); and The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (1995). His works have been performed at the New Music America, Bang on a Can, and Spoleto festivals and in Europe. He is the recipient of a commission from Music in Motion for his "Astrological Studies" and an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to his pieces for the Village Voice, he has written more than 1,600 articles on new music for over thirty-five publications, including Perspectives of New Music, Contemporary Music Review, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, New Grove Dictionary of Musicians, and Fanfare Magazine. He is the recipient of the Peabody Award (2003) and American Music Center Letter of Distinction (2003). Gann has taught at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Bucknell University, Northwestern University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His music is recorded on the New World, New Albion, Mode, Cold Blue, Lovely Music, and other record labels. Gann received his B.Mus. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and his M.Mus. and D.Mus. from Northwestern University. He has taught music history and theory at Bard College since 1997.

For more information: http://www.kylegann.com/

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