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David Jaggard, one of America's jazz composers

 David Jaggard grew up in a small town in Iowa. After early musical studies including trumpet and piano lessons, he earned degrees in music composition at North Texas State University and the Hartt School Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where he studied with James Sellars. In 1980, David Jaggard moved to Europe, where he worked in electronic and computer music at the EMS studio in Stockholm, the Instituut voor Sonologie in Utrecht, and at Iannis Xenakis' CEMAMu studio in Paris. A founding member of the NAME (New American Music in Europe) ensemble, he has written chamber music, jazz, mixed media and electronic pieces that have been heard throughout Europe and the United States. His piano piece "Elastic Tango" has been recorded by Ursula Oppens on Music and Arts records and by Yvar Mikhashoff on the New Albion label.  In 2003 it was choreographed by Tere O'Conor and performed on an international tour by Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Since 1993, David Jaggard has been active as a jazz pianist, playing both solo and in trio formations in various Paris clubs. His big band compositions have been played by the Paris Jazz Repertory Orchestra and his original jazz tunes have found favor with many jazz musicians the world over. His electronic composition "Mary and Ann", based on a text from Samuel Beckett's novel Watt, was included on the CD Sonic Circuits VIII, sponsored by the American Composers Forum.
David Jaggard is also the author of the humor website "Quorum of One".

Recordings:
  • "Elastic Tango", from Incitation to Desire: tangos for piano by Jaggard, Cage, Sahl, Rudhyar, Foss, Nancarrow, Copland, a.o.; Yvar Mikhashoff, piano; 1995 (New Albion, NA073).

  • "Tango" from American Piano Music of Our Time: works by Jaggard, Nancarrow, Carter, Bolcom, Sahl, Hemphill, Adams, Foss, Rzewski, Wuorinen, Picker, Harbison, Davis; Ursula Oppens, piano; 1995 (Music & Arts, CD 682, 2 discs).

  • "Mary and Ann" from Sonic Circuits VIII, works by von Seggern, Gordon, Dhomont, Wright, Steiner, Mantione, Kosch, Jaggard, Blazinovic; electronic tape; 2000 (Innova 117).