Cygnus Ensemble Presents
Samuel Beckett
John Halle composer
September 16 (3pm matinee), 21, and 22 ---Responding to Ohio Impromptu
John Halle photo

John Halle is an assistant professor of music at Yale University. He has studied with Fred Lerdahl at Columbia, Andrew Imbrie at UC Berkeley, and at the University of Michigan with William Bolcom and William Albright. He has also studied privately with John Harbison in Italy and at Tanglewood. Halle's music includes Operation Chaos commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Structural Adjustment for the Common Sense Composers' Collective, recorded on the group's first CD on the CRI label and Softshoe for brass quintet, recorded on the Meridian Arts Ensemble's Channel Classics CD Smart Went Crazy. His recent work includes Gaze premiered at the Chamber Music of Lincoln Center Double exposure series and Mortgaging the Earth on a text by former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers premiered by the New York new music ensemble Sequitur. For many years a jazz pianist in San Francisco and New York, he has performed with Sonny Stitt, Tom Harrell, Mark Levine and Woody Shaw. He has also performed widely as a new music pianist having premiered works by American composers in Russia, Estonia, Germany, at the Bang on the Can Festival in New York, on recordings by Julia Wolfe and Evan Ziporyn and at composer's concerts at Columbia and Princeton. An a occasional writer on music, Halle has published collaborative work with Fred Lerdahl on the relationship of musical and linguistic generative grammars. He is currently working with Edward Harsh on "Themes and Provocations" a selection of interviews with and essays about younger composers.