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Talib Rasul Hakim lectures at the University of Connecticut.

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  • 1974 - 1984


Composer Talib Rasul Hakim (birth name Stephen Alexander Chambers) delivered 10 lectures, from 1974 t0 1984. He spoke on 4/9/1974 (2015-0002/RR165), 11/4/1975 (2015-0002/RR166), 9/21/1976 (2015-0002/RR167), 11/29/1977 (2015-0002/RR168), 11/28/1978 (2015-0002/RR169), 11/13/1979 (2015-0002/RR170), 9/9/1980 (2015-0002/RR171), 11/16/1982 (2015-0002/RR172), 11/8/1983 (2015-0002/RR173), and lastly on 11/13/1984 (2015-0002/RR174).

Biographical / Historical

Talib Rasul Hakim was an American composer. Born Stephen Alexander Chambers on February 8, 1940, brother to noted jazz drummer and composer Joe Chambers in Asheville, North Carolina, he grew up playing music in school, studying clarinet, piano, and singing in church choir. He later studied music at the Manhattan School of Music (1958-1959), New York College of Music (1959-1963), and the New School for Social Research, New York (1963-1965). His teachers include Morton Feldman, Ornette Coleman, Margaret Bonds, Robert Starer, Hall Overton, Chou Wen-Chung, William Sydeman, Hale Smith, and Charles Whittenberg. After converting to Sufism in 1973, Hakim changed his name. Hakim first came to attention in the wider music community through appearances of his works on the "Music in Our Time" concert series in New York in the mid-1960s. He received awards and residencies from the Bennington Composers Conference (1964–90) and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (1981–2), as well as ASCAP, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Creative Artist Public Service Program. In addition to composing, Hakim taught at Pace University (1970-1972), Adelphi University (1972-1979), Nassau Community College (1971-1981), and Morgan State University, as well as working as a radio and television producer. Hakim’s compositions are known for their use of unusual instrumental combinations as seen in his piece commissioned in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Birmingham Reflections (1985). Hakim’s piece, Ramadhan-Meditations, written for winds and piano, utilizes free improvisation on a set of given pitches accompanied by a repetitive piano drone to create a meditative feeling. He died on March 31, 1988, in New Haven, Connecticut.



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