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Karlton Hester

Composer/performer Karlton Hester's work is often ecumenical and interdisciplinary. He integrates Global African music with various elements of music from other regions of the world in premeditated and spontaneous compositions, electro-acoustic composition, and other inter-disciplinary collaboration projects. Hester's work on African polyrhythm and dissertation on the music of John Coltrane (with analytic focus on the music of Coltrane's late period) serve as the basis for a freedom of expression that defines his musical approach. As the Gussman Director of "Jazz" Studies at Cornell University, he collaborated with Donald Byrd in exploring connections between musical and mathematical symbols, structural patterns, and intuition. His current goal is the creation of music that reflects salient features of traditional and contemporary modes of Afrocentric cultural expression and world society. One of his latest projects involves completing a book that summarizes this theoretical approach. His recent publication, Bigotry and the Afrocentric “Jazz” Evolution (2000, rev. 2004), provides historical background for his work as a composer. Among the nine recordings under his own name, he performs (playing flute, piccolo, and saxophone) new compositions and arrangements on his latest CD release, Harmonious Soul Scenes 2000. Hester has received numerous awards, including composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1989 and 1985), ASCAP Standard Awards (1985-2003), George and Elza Howard Foundation (1996), Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions (1994, 1995 and 2002), William Grant Still Memorial Commissioning Project, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University (1991-92), New England Council for the Arts (1986), Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (1987, 1990, 1991), and The Yard Dance Company. Hester recently served as Vice President of the African American Jazz Caucus (of the International Association for Jazz Education). In 2000 he joined the Music faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz and has been working on a theory book for spontaneous composition, as well as developing the Living Encyclopedia of Global African Music as a joint project between the university and his company African American Innovators.