Professional Writing, Literature
Born in Chicago in 1952, Art Lange is the author of hundreds of essays, reviews, articles, and interviews on music and poetry. His work has been published extensively throughout the United States and Europe, in publications as diverse as the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik and the Village Voice, New American Writing and the Partisan Review, and he has written program notes for over 200 jazz and classical recordings. He has been a contributor to Coda (the Canadian jazz magazine) since 1977, and was a contributing editor and monthly jazz reviewer for Tower Record's Pulse magazine from February 1996 until its demise in 2003. From 1981-84 he was Associate Editor and then, from 1984-88, Editor of Down Beat magazine. He also published and edited Brilliant Corners: a magazine of the arts, from 1975-77.
He is the co-editor (with Nathaniel Mackey) of Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (1993: Coffee House Press), and is the author of five books of poetry, including Needles at Midnight (Z Press), Evidence (Yellow Press), and The Monk Poems (Frontward Books). His poetry has been anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Norton), Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970 (4 Walls 8 Windows), The Jazz Poetry Anthology (Indiana University), and 15 Chicago Poets (Yellow Press). In addition, he has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, the Illinois Arts Council, and The Fund for Poetry.
With degrees from Northeastern Illinois University (B.A.) and Southern Illinois University (M.A.), he is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College (Chicago), and has lectured in places ranging from the St. Marks Poetry Project in New York to the Wiener Musik Galerie Festival in Vienna, Austria. A former member of the Board of Directors of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, for twenty-five years he served on the Programming Committee of the Chicago Jazz Festival, and was the committee’s Chairman from 2001-07. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Poetry Center at the Museum of Contemporary Art (and later, the Art Institute of Chicago), and was the first President of the Jazz Journalists Association.
As a free-lance music producer, he is responsible for over thirty CDs to date, having worked with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Matthew Shipp, Ran Blake, Ellery Eskelin, Mat Maneri, Dave Liebman, and Guillermo Gregorio. In addition, he arranged and conducted two of Anthony Braxton’s graphic scores for the recording Anthony Braxton: Compositions No. 10 and No. 16 (+101); conceived, produced, and conducted the world premiere complete recording of Cornelius Cardew’s epic graphic score Treatise; and followed this with a second realization/production of Cardew scores, Material (all three released on the Swiss hat Art label). He has conducted ensembles in live musical performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Chicago Cultural Center, HotHouse, and the Rx Gallery.
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