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Jazz: Jazz Vocals Moods: Type: Vocal Jazz: Piano Jazz Pop: Pop Pop: Pop/Rock

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Louis Rosen


DREAM SUITE: Songs in Jazz and Blues (CD, Di-tone Records™, 2016), a cycle of fourteen songs for two singers on poems by Langston Hughes. Vocalists: Alton Fitzgerald White and Capathia Jenkins. Pianist: Joe Thalken.

TIME WAS (CD, Di-tone Records™, 2013), a cycle of thirteen new songs with words by poets including Edwin Arlington Robinson, John Erskine, William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Sara Teasdale, Madison Cawein, Alice Cary, William Stanley Braithwaite and Lord Byron.

THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY (CD, Di-tone Records™, 2009 – Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen), twelve new songs, eight with words by LR, four with words by Nikki Giovanni.

ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH: The Nikki Giovanni Songs (CD, PS Classics, 2008 – Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen), thirteen new songs on poetry by Nikki Giovanni.

SOUTH SIDE STORIES (CD, Rosecap/Di-tone Records™, 2006 – Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen), a twelve-song cycle, music & lyrics by Louis Rosen.


THE BLACK LOOM TRILOGY, three song cycles on the poems of three African-American poets (2002 - 2008):

Part One - DREAM SUITE: Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by Langston Hughes (2002). Premiere: Great Hall of Cooper Union, June 2006. Vocalists: Capathia Jenkins & Alton Fitzgerald White. Pianist: Kimberly Grigsby.

Part Two - TWELVE SONGS on Poems by Maya Angelou (2005). Premiere: The Public Theater's Joe's Pub, March 2005. Vocalist: Capathia Jenkins. Pianist: Joseph Thalken. (Recording in LR Archive.)

Part Three - ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH, 13 songs on poems by Nikki Giovanni (2008). Dual Premiere: Harare International Arts Festival, Zimbabwe, Africa and The Public Theater's Joe's Pub, May 2008. Vocalists: Capathia Jenkins and Louis Rosen (with the Jenkins/Rosen Band.)

It Is Still Dark: Songs of Exile (Songs for Sondra - 2003), a six-song cycle with on poems by Celso Gonzalez-Falla. Premiere: Great Hall at Cooper Union, June 2006. Vocalist: Darius de Haas. Pianist: James Sampliner. (Recording in LR Archive.)

A Child’s Garden Song Suite (1992), a ten-song suite on poems by Robert Louis Stevenson from “A Child’s Garden of Verses. (Recording in LR Archive.)


THE PEARL (2013, music), book and lyrics by Arthur Perlman, adapted from the novella “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck. (Recording in LR Archive.)

A CHILD'S GARDEN (2000, music, lyrics adaptation and co-libretto), libretto with Arthur Perlman and Charlotte Maier, based on autobiographical writings of Robert Louis Stevenson. Premiere: Melting Pot Theater, Off-Broadway. (Recording in LR Archive.)

BOOK OF THE NIGHT (1991, revised 1997, music, co-lyrics/libretto), lyrics & libretto with Thom Bishop. Premiere: Goodman Theater, Chicago. (Recording in LR Archive.)


THE SOUTH SIDE: THE RACIAL TRANSFORMATION OF AN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD (1998), memoir and oral narrative history. Publisher: Ivan R. Dee, Inc., Chicago, cloth and paperback (1999).

BEYOND CATEGORY: Music Theory from Bach through The Beatles for the Popular and Classical Musician (2015).


Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition, 2005

Puffin Foundation Grant, 2006

Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Production Grant (“A Child’s Garden”), 2000

National Endowment of the Arts New American Works Grant, 1995

2nd Annual Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Music Theater Award, 1992

Annual ASCAP Awards, 1993-2012

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Galileo Prize, 2005

Anna Sosenko Trust Award, 2006

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowships, 1988-90/’92 & ‘94

New York Post Top Ten Off-Broadway for "A Child's Garden," 2000

Chicago's John W. Schmid Award, Best New Work: "Book of the Night," 1991

MAC Nomination, Song of the Year for “Seventeen on Mars,” 2004