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Below The Radar 24

Track 2

"A Brief History Of Music"


In his long and fruitful career as a composer/performer/installation artist, writer and teacher in the American experimental music tradition, Alvin Curran has produced chamber works, radio art, large-scale environmental theatre and solo performance. Born in Providence in 1938, he studied with Ron Nelson, Elliott Carter and Mel Powell. In 1966 he co-founded the group Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, where he currently resides. He has taught at Rome’s National Academy of Theater Arts (1975–80), California’s Mills College (1991–2006), and Germany’s Mainz Hochschule für Musik (2011). He has presented numerous talks and workshops, and clocked thousands of hours of live performances, while his discography runs to more than 30 solo and 60 collaborative recordings. Curran has written extensively about his own music and that of other artists. Books about his work include Alvin Curran: Live In Roma, edited by Daniela Tortora, and the alvin curran fakebook, an illustrated compendium of (mostly) notated pieces published in 2015.