A non-Jazz Musician who played with many Jazz Musicians: Richard Teitelbaum

Many facets of the diffuse career of pioneering electronic musician Richard Teitelbaum are examined by NPR Jazz’s Nate Chinen in this thoughtful piece published after the musician’s death at 80 last month. While known as a composer with an interest in world music, Bard College’s director of the Electronic Music Studio and a pioneering Moog synthesizer player, over the years Teitelbaum had an equally fruitful relationship with Jazz musicians. This link dated back to the 1960s, when, as the first person to bring a synthesizer to Europe, he joined with Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), which also included composers Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski.  MEV also used Teitelbaum’s electronic signals to perform in Milan and elsewhere with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and vocalist Irene Aebi. Adamant about his non-Jazz background, Teitelbaum. from the 1970s on still recorded frequently with woodwind player Anthony Braxton,  as well as playing and recording since that time with other experimental improvisers such as saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, trombonist George Lewis, violinist Leroy Jenkins, bassist Joëlle Léandre, drummer Andrew Cyrille and pianist Marilyn Crispell.