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George Lewis on Composing Behaviors

George Lewis, composer, instrumentalist and Doris Duke Artist, opens a window into his audacious experimentation with computer programming and improvisation. Lewis, whose music has been performed by ensembles all over the world, has pushed both jazz and contemporary classical music forward. Among his major recent compositions are the opera “Afterword,” which has been presented in the United States, United Kingdom and the Czech Republic; “Remains of the Sky,” an interactive installation with multichannel sound and light, composed for the James Turrell Skysspace at Rice University; and “Soundlines: A Dreaming Track,” premiered by the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2019 Noon To Midnight concerts. Lewis is also a pioneer of interactive computer music, creating programs that improvise in concert with human musicians, as seen here during a 2019 residency at Tanglewood.