Richard Teitelbaum

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Richard Teitelbaum (born May 19, 1939) is an American composer, keyboardist, and improvisor. Born in New York City, he is a former student of Allen Forte, Mel Powell, and Luigi Nono. He is best known for his live electronic music and synthesizer performance. For example, he brought the first Moog synthesizer to Europe.[1] He is also involved with world music and uses Japanese, Indian, and western classical instruments and notation.

He studied in Italy with Luigi Nono and Goffredo Petrassi. While in Italy, he became a founding member of Musica Elettronica Viva with Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski. He has also collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, Andrew Cyrille, and Leroy Jenkins, among others.

Teitelbaum lives in upstate New York and teaches at Bard College.


  • Time Zones (Freedom, 1977) with Anthony Braxton
  • Hiuchi-Ishi (Denon Jazz, 1978)
  • Blends & The Digital Pianos (Lumina, 1984)
  • Concerto Grosso (hat ART, 1985 [1988])
  • The Sea Between (Victo, 1988) with Carlos Zíngaro
  • Cyberband (Moers Music, 1993)
  • Golem (Tzadik, 1994)
  • Duet: Live At Merkin Hall, NYC (Music & Arts, 1994) with Anthony Braxton
  • Double Clutch (Silkheart, 1997) with Andrew Cyrille
  • Shift (For 4 Ears, 1997) with Hans Burgener and Martin Schütz
  • >11>Ways>to>Proceed (For 4 Ears, 1999) with Hans Burgener, Günter Müller and Carlos Zíngaro as BTMZ
  • Blends (New Albion, 2002) with Katsuya Yokoyama

As sideman[edit]

With Anthony Braxton

With Company

  • Once (Incus, 1989)

With Andrew Cyrille

  • The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM, 2014 [2016])

'With Leroy Jenkins

  • Space Minds, New Worlds, Survival America (Tomato, 1978)

With Steve Lacy

  • Sideways (Roaratorio, 1968 [2000])

With Joëlle Léandre

  • Joëlle Léandre Project (Leo, 1999)

With George Lewis

With Musica Elettronica Viva

  • Friday (Polydor, 1969)
  • The Sound Pool (BYG Actuel, 1969)
  • Live Electronic Music Improvised (Mainstream, 1970) - split album with AMM
  • United Patchwork (Horo, 1978)


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