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alcides lanza


alcides lanza is a prodigious avant-garde musician and composer. Born in Argentina in 1929, he studied composition and electronic music and moved to New York in 1965 on a Guggenheim fellowship. While there, he worked at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and studied with several great musicians, including Aaron Copeland. In 1971, he was hired as a McGill University professor and, since 1974, has been the director of the Digital Composition Studios (formerly the Electronic Music Studio). lanza is particularly interested in the music of the three Americas and his compositions make use of both traditional instruments and electronica. He has made several recordings as a pianist and has been a frequent performer on radio and television. He was the subject of a 2007 biography by Pamela Jones called alcides lanza: portrait of a composer, and won the 2003 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award from the Canada Council, which recognized his career as a composer. (PF)

Photo Credit: Drawing of alcides lanza by Otto Gal