Herbert A. Deutsch has had an eclectic career as a composer, author, educator and music marketing consultant. Professor Emeritus of Music and until September. 2001, Chairman of the Music Department at Hofstra University, he directed the Music Business Program, the Electronic Music and Recording Studios and taught composition and multimedia. A composer of music in various media, his work has been widely performed and commissioned works have been featured at national and regional conferences including The Music Educators National Conference, Small Computers and the Arts Network, and The Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States. In 1972, he co-founded the Long Island Composers Alliance, and is currently its President and Archivist. He is a recipient of numerous Meet The Composer and ASCAP Awards. At Hofstra he composed the scores for six Shakespeare Festival productions, including two while still an undergraduate student. During his fifty-one year teaching career at Hofstra, he founded the Jazz Ensemble, the Electronic Music Studios, the New Music Ensemble and created the B.S. Degree programs in Jazz, Composition/Theory and Music Business. He received the George Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Hofstra Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. In his honor the Music Department has established the Herbert Deutsch Award for highest honors in Music Education.
In spring 2012, he is teaching both at Hofstra University’s Honors College and NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. The course he is presenting at both Universities is called The Transformation of Music in a Century of Electronica.
His interest in electronic music led him to collaborate with Robert A. Moog on the development of the first Moog Synthesizer in 1964. In September of 1965, his “New York Improvisation Quartet” gave a Town Hall, New York concert which included the Moog’s first live public performance. In 1969 his quartet presented the Moog’s first jazz program at “Jazz in the Garden” at the Museum of Modern Art. His multimedia opera, Dorian (based on the Oscar Wilde novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”) received its world premiere performances by the Hofstra Opera Theater in February 1995. Since 1994, he has been a member of The NY State School Music Association’s Music Technology Committee. He is also a member and judge of NYSSMA’s Composition and Improvisation Committee. He is a regular clinician in composition sessions at NYSSMA’s All-State Conference and is a NYSSMA all-state jazz adjudicator.
He was Director of Marketing and Sales at Moog Music from 1979-83, and has been a marketing and development consultant to Roland Corporation, Multivox Music, Norlin Industries, Passport Designs Software and Jim Henson’s Muppets. He is the author of Synthesis (Alfred Publishing Co.), in its second edition and published in Japanese and Korean, Electroacoustic Music; Its First Century (CPP/Belwin) and Teach Yourself Piano (Karamar Publications). He is active in the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States and The Small Computers in the Arts Network. He was co-founder, Educational Consultant and feature writer for The Music & Computer Educator and a reviewer for The American Record Guide. His album Woman in Darkness was released in September, 1999 on 4Tay Records. His String Quartet Preamble & Fugue performed by the Meridian Quartet appears on Capstone Records. His album FROM MOOG TO MAC was recorded in June 2007 In June, 2000 he was featured on a History Channel production on the First Moog Synthesizer and he appears and has music credits in the 2004 film MOOG.
He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Education and Wikipedia. In September, 2007 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to electronic music at BB Kings in NY City. He was inducted into the LI Music Hall of Fame in 2007 as the LI Music Educator of Note, and received the NY State School Music Association Distinguished Service Award at that year’s All-State Conference.
Aidan Andrew Dun spent a fantastical childhood in the West Indies and knew his calling for poetry from an early age. Returning to London as a teenager to live with his inspirational grandmother, dancer Marie Rambert, founder of the Ballet Rambert, he briefly attended Highgate School but left without academic qualifications after taking (perhaps too seriously) the role of the rebel-chieftan Aufidius in Coriolanus. After three years travelling the world with a guitar AAD was drawn back to London to explore the psychogeography of Kings Cross, magnet to other visionaries before him. Vale Royal, gestated over twenty-three years, dreams of transforming an urban wasteland into a transcultural zone of canals at the heart of London. When Goldmark published the epic poem in 1995, Allen Ginsberg flew in from New York to perform - with Paul McCartney - at the launch of Vale Royal at the Royal Albert Hall (in a reprise of the Wholly Communion event of thirty years earlier).
Launching his second epic poem India Cantos (Universal) in 2002 AAD accomplished an American tour, reading in New York, Santa Fe and San Francisco (at City Lights Bookshop). AAD has read alongside David Gascoigne, Ben Okri, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Motion. In 2008 he lectured at the British Library on The Kings Cross Mysteries. Numerous short (and some longer) poems have appeared in The London Magazine, English, The Cortland Review, The Salzburg Review, Tears in the Fence, Resurgence, Scintilla et al. In 2005 AAD undertook a special commission for The Wordsworth Trust. The Uninhabitable City (Goldmark) was published in 2005; Salvia Divinorum (Goldmark) appeared in 2007. McCool, a verse-novel in 264 sonnets, followed from the same publisher in 2010. Due to appear in 2016 (from Skyscraper in the UK and Interlink in the USA) Unholyland comprises a verse-novel in 800 sonnets set in Palestine/Israel. Heathcote Williams describes Unholyland as 'a pyrotechnic, apocalyptic dance... a powerful meditation on the place where civilization began and where it could end.'close
ROBERT DUSEK received his academic training at the Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1990. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in the field of composition, including Columbia University's Bearns Prize, the ASCAP Raymond-Hubbard Award, an A.H.A.B – Neodata Fellowship for his Symphony No. 1, and several national and local awards and grants. His music has been performed worldwide and recorded by such groups as North-South Consonance and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Dusek is the Founder/Director of DaCapo LLC, an organization devoted to the pursuit and development of artistic and compositional endeavors.
As a pianist, he has performed throughout the United States and has recorded with the Eastman Philharmonia and the Musica Nova ensemble. He has been a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the SMU symphony and various university and community orchestras. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association concert series, and continues to perform in solo and chamber recitals across the nation. Dusek is also a highly sought after adjudicator for state and regional piano competitions, and for several years maintained a private music studio.
Dusek's other interests and activities include photography, poetry, hiking, and shooting (or what he calls -killing paper-). He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the arts in both university and private settings. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife whom he loves and his dog whom he tolerates. For more information about Dr. Dusek, visit his website at www.robertdusek.com.