Little did composer Jed Distler suspect that his toy piano suite, Three Landscapes for Peter Wyer, recorded by Margaret Leng Tan, would hit major venues around the world from Singapore to the
South Bank, and do service for no less than three films. But his considerable compositional output encompasses more than just toys, and with no less humor (concert music can be funny, ask Haydn
Two decades ago, Jed¹s evening-length song cycle, The Death of Lottie Shapiro, for four sopranos and piano, was hailed as "a masterpiece, a song cycle without parallel in the serious music of contemporary America" (Newark Star Ledger). Over the years, other notable works spewing from Jed¹s restless black magic marker
(he hates pencil) include the Violin Sonata (written for ETHYL¹s Cornelius Duffalo), Assault on Pepper, Loose Changes
for Two Pianos (recorded for Bridge Records by Quattro Mani), and, in collaboration with playwright Ed Schmidt, his magnum opus piano theater work.The Gold Standard, developed on CCi¹s Serial Underground with direction by Arnold Barkus and lighting design by David Lovett. A long-awaited grand opera based on John Waters¹ cult film classic Pink Flamingos will unfold during the 2007/2008 season.
From San Francisco to Switzerland, Jed's piano recitals embrace the widest gamut of 20th and 21st century works, including premiers by Richard Rodney Bennett, Wendy Chambers, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, Lois V Vierk, and many more. His transcriptions and arrangements of piano solos by jazz giant Bill Evans were recorded by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for Decca. A widely read CD reviewer for ClassicsToday.com and Gramophone, Jed taught for many years at Sarah Lawrence College, and has participated in guest composer/teacher residencies across the United States. He has served as CCi¹s Artistic Director since its inception in 1987.
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