Muhal Richard Abrams

Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist, composer, and co-founder (1965) of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), creates and performs extended works exhibiting a panoply of approaches to the blending of improvisation and composition, as well as works for symphony and chamber orchestras, microtonal and electroacoustic pieces, string quartet, and duo piano. Known as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation, Abrams has taught composition and improvisation privately and at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Banff Centre (Canada), the Sibelius Academy (Finland), and the biennial Ostrava Days composition seminar (Czech Republic). In 1990, Abrams was the first recipient of the prestigious JazzPar Prize (Copenhagen).