Orchestral Works
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This composer/performer show his jazz influence in this recording of his orchestral works.

Robert Ackerman is a rarity among musicians in our day and age: more than a performer who composes or a composer who performs, he transcends musical genres and styles, not only in his compositions, but performs all styles of music on four instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano). As if this were not enough, Ackerman has made a life of the study of acoustics and instrument design and has shared this information with generations of students not only as a public school music teacher, but also as an international lecturer and published author. His compositions have received Ford Foundation and National Endowment grants; he has performed with Steve Reich and Philip Glass; his big band charts and jazz tunes have found their way into the repertoire of some of the most influential jazz players of his age; and he has performed at most of the important jazz festivals the world over. Robert Ackerman was born in Irvington, New Jersey in 1940. His music studies began in New York City with Joe Soldo (Bell Telephone Hour) and the legendary Joe Allard (Juilliard School of Music) continuing with master teachers such as Thomas Nyfenger (Yale University), Keith Underwood, Eddie Saulkin, Harvey Boatright (Dallas Symphony), and Bob Morris (New York Philharmonic). Ackerman received degrees from Montclair State University and Columbia University in New York. After spending the 1960s in the New York concert music scene, Ackerman left for Europe and entrenched himself in the jazz scenes of Italy, Switzerland, France and Sweden, only to return to the States in 1985. This recording marks the first commercially available representation of his concert music.
Contents:
Robert Ackerman, composer
Dances for Orchestra
State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Three Aphorisms for Flute, Clarinet, Harp, Percussion & Strings
Robert Ackerman, flute, Steven Silverstein, clarinet, State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Suite for Flute, Harp, Percussion & Strings
Robert Ackerman, flute, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Conversations for Flute & Orchestra
Robert Ackerman, flute, State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Two Studies for String Orchestra
State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Twist
State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Sakala
Pam Purvis, vocals, State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Aubade
Robert Ackerman, tenor saxophone, State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

Robert Ackerman, composer
Planet of Abundance
Pam Purvis, reciter, State Philharmonic of Kosice, Tristan Willems, conductor

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