James Avery, RIP

It was several days ago that I heard the very sad news that James Avery, conductor, pianist and founder of Ensemble SurPlus, has died. I only had a passing acquaintance with him as a writer, but by all accounts he was a unique champion of new music. I’ve still not seen any English-language obituaries (shame), but here’s one in the Badische Zeitung.

Avery can be heard most recently on Mathias Spahlinger’s farben der fruhe (Neos).

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Michael Lee Rock drummer
:: Davey Graham Folk guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer
:: Alex McEwen Folk singer
:: Richard Van Allan Opera singer
:: Elmer Valentine Founder of Whisky a Go-go
:: Dennis Yost Classics IV singer
:: Christel Goltz Operatic soprano
:: Buddy Harman Drummer
:: Joza Karas Musicologist and violinist
:: William Dowd Harpsichord maker
:: Odetta Folk and blues singer
:: Nico Rojas Jazz guitarist and composer
:: Sam Bor Violinist and founder member of the BBC Symphony
:: Gerald Schoenfeld Lawyer and Broadway impresario
:: Luderin Darbone Cajun fiddle player and bandleader
:: Rob Partridge Island Records PR
:: MC Breed Rapper
:: Robert Lucas Singer with Canned Heat
:: Richard Hickox Conductor
:: Lawrence Wheatley Jazz pianist and composer
:: George Jones Jnr Doo-wop singer and songwriter
:: Irving Gertz Film composer
:: Guy Peellaert Sleeve designer
:: Alan Hazeldine Conductor and pianist
:: Ryan Smith Opera singer
:: Marjorie Thomas Opera singer
:: Jheryl Busby Former chief of Motown records
:: Jody Reynolds Rockabilly singer and songwriter
:: Rosetta Reitz Jazz record label owner
:: Mae Mercer Blues singer
:: Mitch Mitchell Jimi Hendrix drummer
:: Merlin W. Shorb Singer and minister
:: Byron Lee Ska bandleader

Rest in Peace.

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: J.C. Black Rock drummer
:: Miriam Makeba Singer
:: Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan Violinist and Carnatic musician
:: Rabbi Moshe Cotel Composer and pianist
:: Gloria Saunders Overall Musician and CIA secretary
:: Jez Bird Mod singer with the Lambrettas
:: Thomas Dunn Early music conductor
:: Dennis Burkh Conductor
:: Merl Saunders Jazz and rock keyboardist
:: Gianni Raimondi Opera singer
:: Muslim Magomayev Soviet-era pop and opera singer
:: Peter J. Levinson Publicist and biographer
:: Rudy Ray Moore Comedian, actor and singer
:: Gail Robinson Opera singer
:: Bryan Morrison Music publisher and manager
:: Dave McKenna Jazz pianist
:: Dee Dee Warwick R&B and soul singer
:: Levi Stubbs Four Tops singer
:: John S. Drabik Opera singer and museum director
:: Edie Adams Actress, singer and comedienne
:: Robert J. Holloway Violinist and teacher
:: Russ Hamilton Pop singer-songwriter
:: Neal Hefti Jazz and TV composer
:: Pehr Henrik Nordgren Composer
:: Richard ‘Popcorn’ Wylie Motown pianist, songwriter, producer and bandleader
:: Alfred J. Gallodoro Jazz saxophonist and clarinettist
:: Alton Ellis Reggae singer
:: Bernadette Greevy Singer
:: Ruedi Rymann Yodeller
:: Arne Domnerus Jazz saxophonist and clarinettist
:: Pat Crumly Jazz saxophonist and bandleader
:: George Jones Doo-wop singer
:: Nick Reynolds Folk singer
:: Hayward Blackledge III Jazz drummer
:: Mahendra Kapoor Playback singer for Hindi musicals
:: David Cooper Organist and music director
:: Larry Eanet Jazz pianist
:: Dick Sudhalter Jazz cornettist
:: Charlie Walker Honky-tonk singer
:: Connie Haines Jazz singer
:: Nappy Brown Blues and R&B singer
:: Dorothy Monson Horton Church singer
:: Marjorie Thomas Singer
:: Thomas Richner Pianist and organist
:: Yma Sumac Singer
:: Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar Composer
:: Yonty Solomon Pianist and teacher
:: Michel Waisvisz Composer and improviser
:: Horaţiu Rădulescu Composer
:: Monica Zetterlund Singer and actress
:: John Peragallo Jr. Organ curator
:: Richard Sudhalter Jazz musician and critic
:: Laurence Gilgun Pianist
:: Norman Whitfield Motown songwriter
:: Jerry Finn Record producer
:: Peter Glossop Operatic baritone
:: Vernon Handley Conductor
:: Mark Lundberg Operatic tenor
:: Paola Saffiotti Pianist
:: Jerry Reed Country singer and actor
:: Robert Bass Choral director
:: Roy Shirley Reggae singer and songwriter
:: Jack Hutton Melody Maker editor
:: Ralph Young Singer with Sandler and Young
:: Pervis Jackson Bass voice of the Spinners
:: Johnny Moore Ska trumpeter
:: Lita Roza Singer
:: Jim Johnstone Accordionist and band leader
:: Ronnie Drew Lead singer of the Dubliners
:: Jerry Wexler R&B record producer
:: Leonard Pennario Pianist
:: Henry Steinway Piano manufacturer
:: Hector Zazou World music producer
:: Géo Voumard Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival
:: Rick Wright Pink Floyd keyboardist
:: Earl Palmer Jazz drummer
:: Dorival Caymmi Brazilian singer and songwriter
:: Donald Erb Electronic composer
:: David Hammond Film-maker and singer
:: David Gahr Folk, jazz and rock photographer
:: Clea Bradford Jazz singer
:: Buddy Harman Drummer
:: Bob Florence Jazz composer and bandleader
:: Bill Colleran Music publisher with Universal Edition
:: Bheki Mseleku South African jazz pianist
:: Frank P. “Frankie” Tam Sr. Bandleader

Rest in Peace.

Horatiu Radulescu 1942–2008

Horatiu Radulescu has died.

This email from pianist Ian Pace to the academic mailing list Music-Since-1900 is where I heard the news:

I just heard last night the very sad news that Horatiu Radulescu has died. He had been seriously ill for several months. A fantastic composer of passionate, hallucinatory music, and of vital importance in the history of spectral music. May he rest in peace.

Radulescu’s Wikipedia page has been updated stating that he died in Paris on 25th September.

Update (29 Sept 2008): obituaries are still few and far between, but some have started to come in:

Press

Adevarul

Resmusica (Bruno Serrou)

Rue 89 (Nathalie Kraft)

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Alexander Slobodyanik Pianist
:: Don Helms Steel guitarist
:: Lee Young Jazz drummer
:: John Ferris Organist and choirmaster at Harvard
:: Robert Hazard Songwriter
:: Erik Darling Folk musician
:: Mauricio Kagel Composer
:: Phil Guy Blues guitarist and singer
:: Norman Whitfield Motown producer
:: Michael Ewald Trumpeter
:: Pehr Henrik Nordgren Composer
:: John Peragallo Jr. Organ curator
:: Richard Sudhalter Jazz musician and critic
:: Laurence Gilgun Pianist
:: Norman Whitfield Motown songwriter
:: Jerry Finn Record producer
:: Ray Loring TV composer
:: Peter Glossop Operatic baritone
:: Vernon Handley Conductor
:: Mark Lundberg Operatic tenor
:: Paola Saffiotti Pianist
:: Jerry Reed Country singer and actor
:: Robert Bass Choral director
:: Roy Shirley Reggae singer and songwriter
:: Jack Hutton Melody Maker editor
:: Ralph Young Singer with Sandler and Young
:: Pervis Jackson Bass voice of the Spinners
:: Johnny Moore Ska trumpeter
:: Lita Roza Singer
:: Jim Johnstone Accordionist and band leader
:: Ronnie Drew Lead singer of the Dubliners
:: Jerry Wexler R&B record producer
:: Leonard Pennario Pianist
:: Henry Steinway Piano manufacturer
:: Hector Zazou World music producer
:: Géo Voumard Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival
:: Rick Wright Pink Floyd keyboardist
:: Earl Palmer Jazz drummer
:: Dorival Caymmi Brazilian singer and songwriter
:: Donald Erb Electronic composer
:: David Hammond Film-maker and singer
:: David Gahr Folk, jazz and rock photographer
:: Clea Bradford Jazz singer
:: Buddy Harman Drummer
:: Bob Florence Jazz composer and bandleader
:: Bill Colleran Music publisher with Universal Edition
:: Bheki Mseleku South African jazz pianist
:: Frank P. “Frankie” Tam Sr. Bandleader

Rest in Peace.

Mauricio Kagel RIP

Mauricio Kagel

Komponist Mauricio Kagel gestorben

Another survivor falls. Almost no one left now.

Obituaries – press

AP

Gramophone (Philip Clark)

Guardian (Adrian Jack)

Independent (Martin Anderson)

Los Andes

New York Times (William Grimes)

Nextbook (Chris Dumas)

Washington Post (Anne Midgette)

Obituaries – blogs

Line Out

Soho

Tom Service

Greenleaf Music has a video of Acustica, played by Apartment House in 2005. More Kagel videos at my YouTube collection and Ubuweb.