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James Drew

Music for RealAudio G2 stereo version of Cantolobosolo, 11:35. RealAudio mono version

American composer/playwright James Drew has been active in the international Art world since 1970 and continues to be on the forefront of modernist thinking. His works are performed and recorded by major orchestras and ensembles throughout the world. His music is published by Theodore Presser Company and is available world wide.

Today, Drew's poetic language for the stage is best described, according to S. Michael Brannon, as being "a mixture of the metaphysical poets, Shakespeare, and a comic application of street vernacular." Having said that, Brannon adds that "Drew devoutly believes in the holiness of Art." Historian Nicolas Slonimsky cites Drew as an authentic member of the American Experimental Tradition -- a lone wolf with a strong sense of belief and purpose.

Drew has been the recipient of many honors, among which are a Guggenheim Fellowship, support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served with distinction on the faculties of such universities as Yale and UCLA, as well as working professionally as composer, playwright, and director of the GREYWOLF Institute.

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