22 giugno 2014

E il mese scorso a Carla Bley ha conferito il dottorato onorario per meriti musicali il New England Conservatory di Boston (Stati Uniti). Se ne fa un vanto l'ECM, nel darne notizia: "New England Conservatory has bestowed honorary Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees on distinguished musicians and scholars at its 143rd annual Commencement Exercises, Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. in NEC’s Jordan Hall. The recipients included jazz composer and bandleader Carla Bley and Estonian-born composer Arvo Pärt. Carla Bley’s notable recorded works include A Genuine Tong Funeral, written for Gary Burton, the jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill, Fleur Carnivore, The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church, Looking for America, and The Lost Chords amongst many others. One of the pioneers in the development of artist-owned record labels, she and her second husband Michael Mantler created WATT Records, for which she recorded many of her works and which has been distributed through ECM since the 1970s. In September 2013 Trios, her first album for ECM itself, produced by Manfred Eicher in Lugano, was released to critical and public acclaim. Bley has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1972 and the German Jazz Trophy “A Life for Jazz” in 2009."