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Nelson, Jalalu, 1982 September 14

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Composer and trumpeter Jalalu Nelson lectured on 9/14/1982 (2015-0002/RR236). Nelson studied composition with John Eaton, Iannis Xenakis, and Gunther Schuller at the Berkshire Center in Tanglewood. Upon moving to New York in 1974, Nelson began working in the field of Creative Music Education and was associated with such institutions as the Lincoln Center Institute, the Guggenheim Museum, and Adelphi University, among others. Having lived in the Netherlands from 1981-1985, where he worked at the Amsterdam Theater School, Nelson also was able to present at music workshops in Holland, Belgium, Hungary, Estonia, France, Greece, Denmark, and Switzerland.

In addition to his extensive teaching career, Nelson also had a successful career as a composer having commissions from the Oklahoma Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, ASKO Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Leonardo Trio, the Kronos Quartet, and the South West German Radio among numerous other commissions. Since 1994, Nelson has been living in Switzerland and many of this most recent compositions have been debuted in Europe like Killing the Word (2000), L/Sweet (2001), Just Beyond Memory (2003), Night Songs (2004), Voices and Instruments (2012), and The Light Shines (2014).

RR 236 Hale Smith makes several class related announcements before introducing Jalalu Nelson. Mr. Nelson [very low volume] discusses his background as a composer as well as his experience as an ex-patriot


  • 1982 September 14

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Biographical / Historical

Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson was born in Oklahoma City, OK, in 1951. Nelson studied Composition with John Eaton and Iannis Xenakis at Indiana University, and with Gunther Schuller at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. In 1974, he was awarded the first John W. Work III Composition Fellowship and the same year moved to New York. From 1974 to 1994, he worked in the field of Creative Music Education. Among the organizations he worked with are the Lincoln Center Institute, the Henry Street Settlement, the Guggenheim Museum's Learning Through The Arts Program, Adelphi University, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn and the "Meet The Composer" Composer in the Schools Program.

In 1994, Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson moved to Switzerland. Since then, his works have been performed in Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Ukraine, Estonia, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Hungary, Greece and Switzerland.

Nelson has received grants from: National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship 1981, Fonds Voor Scheppende Toonkunst, Amsterdam, Composer`s Grant, 1983. Amsterdams Fonds Voor Kunst(Art) Composer`s Grant 1984: Foundation For Contemporary Performance Arts, New York 1989, New York Foundation for the Arts, 1988, Artists’ Round Table Education Award, New York 1990, Meet The Composer Grants, 1988-94, City of Biel Ch. Composer Grant 2003 and 2014, City of Bern Composer Grant 2003, “Peach Blood” Foundation Meilen CH, Composer`s Grant 2006 and 2009, Ernst Goehner Foundation Composer Grant 2009, Swisslos Kulture Kanton Bern Music Production Grant 2014, Migros CH Kulturprozent Music Production Grant 2014, Schweizerische Interpreten Stiftung, Music Production Grant, 2014.

Nelson has received commissions from the Oklahoma Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Orchestra of Our Time, ASKO Orchestra, Amsterdam, the American Dance Festival, Diversons Dance Company, Cardiff Wales, the Leonardo Trio, the Dale Warland Singers, the Kronos Quartet, The Bern-Neufeld chamber Orchestra, The Readers Digest/Meet the Composer Commissioning program, accordionist Teodoro Anzilotti, Paul Klee Ensemble, Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee, Company Carolyn Carlson, and the South West German Radio, Baden-Baden Germany.

Nelson has composed works for dance. Some of the dancers he has worked with are Susanne Linke, Bill T. Jones, Jorma Uotinen, Nirs De Wolf, Susanne Mueller, Robert Kovich, the Jose Limon Company and the Company Carolyn Carlson.



1 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recording ) : RR 236 1 reel, 1:03:54; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

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From the Series: English

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