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October 15, 2013

Behind the Scenes with Steve Lehman


This post is a part of a series of playlists curated by UMS artists. Check out more artist-curated music here.

Photo: Steve Lehman performs (center).

UMS: We’re so excited for your performance in Ann Arbor on November 9. Can you tell our audience a little about the music that you’ve been listening to lately?

Steve Lehman: It’s been a lot of fun composing a new book of music for this amazing group of musicians. This time around, I’ve been working with a specially-tuned vibraphone, live electronics, and the music of Bud Powell, in an effort to create new musical environments for this ensemble of daredevil improvisers. When I’m composing, I’m always on the look out for inspiration in the domains of timbre, harmony, rhythm, and compositional form. Here’s a list of some of my current favorites.

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