Steve Lehman (composer)

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Steve Lehman
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Background information
Born1978 (age 42–43)
New York City
GenresJazz, experimental
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsSaxophone
LabelsPi, Clean Feed
Associated actsFieldwork, Sélébéyone, Maciek Lasserre, HPrizm
Websitewww.stevelehman.com

Steve Lehman (born 1978) is a composer and saxophonist in the genres of jazz and experimental music.[1] His compositions have been performed by a number of international performers and orchestras. As a performer, Lehman leads a number of his own ensembles and performs frequently as a sideman with artists like Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, and Jason Moran. His recording Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi Recordings 2009) was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.[2] Lehman’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Down Beat magazine, The New York Times,[3][4][5] Newsweek, and The Wire,[6] National Public Radio,[7][8][9] and the BBC. Lehman was a Fulbright scholar from 2002-2003.[1] He has a B.A. (2000) and M.A. (2002) in composition from Wesleyan University[1] and received his D.M.A. (2012) with distinction in composition from Columbia University (under the direction of Tristan Murail, George Lewis, Fabien Lévy and Fred Lerdahl). He is currently a professor of Music at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia, CA.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jazz Album of the Year, New York Times, 2009, Travail, Transformation & Flow
  • Best New Album, NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, 2014, Mise en Abime
  • Guggenheim Fellowship 2015
  • Doris Duke Artist Award 2014

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Structural Fire (CIMP, 2001)
  • Camoflage (CIMP, 2002)
  • Interface (Clean Feed, 2004)
  • Artificial Light (Fresh Sound, 2004)
  • Demian as Posthuman (Pi, 2005)
  • Manifold (Clean Feed, 2007)
  • On Meaning (Pi, 2007)
  • Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi, 2009)
  • Dual Identity with Rudresh Mahanthappa (Clean Feed, 2010)
  • Kaleidoscope & Collage with Stephan Crump (Intakt, 2011)
  • Dialect Fluorescent (Pi, 2012)
  • Mise En Abime (Pi, 2014)
  • Steve Lehman & Selebeyone (Pi, 2016)
  • The People I Love with Craig Taborn (Pi, 2019)
  • Xenakis and the Valedictorian (Pi, 2020)

As sideman[edit]

With Anthony Braxton

  • Nine Compositions (Hill) 2000 (CIMP, 2001)
  • 12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007 (Victo, 2007)
  • Sax Quintet (Middletown) 1998 Part I (New Braxton House, 2011)
  • Sax Quintet (Middletown) 1998 Part II (New Braxton House, 2011)
  • Tentet (Antwerp) 2000 Part I (New Braxton House, 2011)
  • Tentet (Antwerp) 2000 Part II (New Braxton House, 2011)
  • Tentet (Wesleyan) 2000 (Part I) (New Braxton House, 2011)
  • Tentet (Wesleyan) 2000 (Part II) (New Braxton House, 2011)
  • Tentet (Wesleyan) 1999 Part I (New Braxton House, 2012)
  • Tentet (Wesleyan) 1999 Part II (New Braxton House, 2012)
  • Alumni Orchestra (Wesleyan) 2005 (New Braxton House, 2012)
  • Echo Echo Mirror House (NYC) 2011 (New Braxton House, 2012)
  • Tentet (Paris) 2001 (New Braxton House, 2013)

With Liberty Ellman

  • Ophiuchus Butterfly (Pi, 2006)
  • Radiate (Pi, 2015)
  • Last Desert (Pi, 2020)

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Steve Lehman". stevelehman.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate (December 18, 2009). "Free Jazz, Futurism, Funk and Ferocity". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate (March 23, 2012). "A Flamenco-Playing Sitar and an Asymmetrical Groove". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  4. ^ Smith, Steve (March 20, 2011). "A Complex Jazzman, Informed by His Classical Side". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Chinen, Nate (June 9, 2009). "Finding an Asymmetrical Pulse With a Jagged Rhythm". The New York Times. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "Adventures In Sound And Music: Issues". The Wire. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  7. ^ Jackson, Josh (May 26, 2009). "The Checkout". The Checkout. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "Steve Lehman, Finding A Computer-Assisted 'Flow'". NPR. September 23, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  9. ^ Jackson, Josh (March 27, 2012). "Steve Lehman Trio: Operating Inside The Matrix". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2012.

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