About the Artists
Musaner is the brainchild of Boston composer Ara Sarkissian. This successful blending of Armenian folk tunes with jazz is so good it has been named an AIM Discovery, AIM's highest distinction.
Ken Field is a composer, saxophonist, flautist, and percussionist. His solo work, and his work with Bridgman/Packer Dance and groups such as Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Willie Loco Alexander's Persistence of Memory Orchestra, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, and the Armenian/American jazz project Musaner have received international public and critical acclaim. Field has composed a number of pieces for the children's television program Sesame Street.
Max Morath, an American Treasure
Pianist, entertainer, and music historian Max Morath has compiled a lifetime of achievement interpreting and documenting American popular music. His definitive renditions of Scott Joplin's piano rags are orchestral and elegant. His guide to the songs of Tin Pan Alley and other American standards is a well-known reference. His biographical novel about Carrie Jacobs-Bond, the first woman of American music publishing, tells a little-known story that still resonates today.
Browning is associate professor emeritus of music composition and theory at the University of Illinois. His recent awards include an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2011 and a 2010 University of Illinois FAA Creative Fellowship for research and performances in China, Taiwan, and South Korea.
Een's music has been called "fun", "infectious", "moving", "joyous", and "haunting", accolades well-deserved. Known for his use of extended cello and vocal techniques, Een received a 2000 Bessie Award for sustained achievement and a 2004 Obie Award for his score to 'Hiroshima Maiden' (selections below). Een has written music for theater and dance, as well as soundtracks to 'The Rook', 'Mr. Jealousy' and other films. Teacher, guest lecturer, and artist-in-residence in institutions of higher learning around the globe, Een's creative projects have been funded by the New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Asian Cultural Council, American Composer's Forum, Meet the Composer, and other foundations.
Many thanks to the Innova label for making available the music of
- Ken Field
- Zack Browning
- Robert Een