Ralph Towner performs in Podgorica

We are pleased and proud to present Ralph Towner, the great American composer who is going to perform for the first time in Podgorica, Montenegro, on November 10th 2011, in main hall of Cultural Information Center (KIC “Budo Tomovic”, at 8pm), thanks to the great support of the US Embassy in Podgorica.

Ralph Towner – composer, arranger, guitarist, and bandleader, multi-instrumentalist (classical guitar, twelve-string guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion and trumpet) has made notable jazz, classical, folk and world music recordings.

Veteran guitarist Ralph Towner founded the influential group Oregon decades ago. His unique style of playing, and his compositions, are inspired by a wide array of influences, from Bach to Brazil and jazz. He has been famous artist of ECM label for years.

Since 1970, Ralph Towner has recorded over forty albums under his own name and has collaborated in concert or recording with many famous musicians, like

Keith Jarrett, Egberto Gismonti, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette, Jan Hammer, Eddie Gomez, Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Michel Portal, Dave Holland, Paul Winter Consort, bands Oregon and Weather Report (with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter), and many others. He has won numerous awards, including: two German Grammy Awards (Deutscher Schallplatten Preis) for the best jazz recording of 1976 world-wide, (Solstice, with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber and Jon Christenson), and again in 1988 for Ecotopia with OREGON (Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, Trilok Gurtu); the Downbeat magazine

poll for acoustic guitar and the New York Jazz Award as best New York City acoustic guitarist. He has performed in concerts world-wide in Asia, Africa, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and North America; in jazz clubs and major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Vienna’s Mozartsaal. He has also played at the legendary Woodstock Festival, in 1969.

Towner has recorded over one hundred-fifty of his instrumental compositions. His works for orchestra have been performed by the numerous ensembles, both American and European. His film scores include Un Altra Vita by Carlo Mazzacurati as well as many documentary films. He has composed music for L’ IsolaIncandescente, a play adapted from the writings of Vincenzo Consolo, and incidental music for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His compositions have been used by numerous dance choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Pilobolus, and Murray Louis. He was honored by Apollo astronauts, who carried his music on cassette to the moon and officially named two moon craters after two of his compositions.

“Oregon in Moscow”, his most recent record release, is a double CD of symphony orchestra music (ten compositions by Towner for OREGON and orchestra) recorded with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow. “The Templars”, the fourth track on disc 1 of this album, received a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Compostion.


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