Scott Currie: Biography

Saxophonist Scott Currie is the founder and president of the Sound Vision Orchestra. He has organized, performed in, and served as music director for SVO collaborative projects with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Marty Ehrlich, Alan Silva, and Other Dimension in Music, at venues including the Vision Festival, the Skopje Jazz Festival, the Knitting Factory, Roulette, and Context Studios.

As a member of the Freie Initiative Improvisation Berlin, he performed on saxophones and flute at the Jazzkeller Treptow, Kulturhaus Mitte, and WAATI, with the groups he led featuring FIIB colleagues like saxophonist Harri Sjoestroem, pianist Michael Walz, bassist Klaus Janek, and drummer Willi Kellers.

He received his bachelorís degree in African-American music from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, and earned his doctorate in ethnomusicology at New York University, while teaching at the Eastman School of Music and University of Illinois, as well as NYU. Along the way, he played a wide variety of woodwind, string, and percussion instruments in Balinese, Near-East, Balkan, Andean, Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, salsa, and jazz groups, in addition to his studies of woodwind technique and improvisational conception with J.D. Parran, Hamiet Bluiett, Ken McIntyre, Warren Smith, and Bud Revels.

A charter member of the Creative Studies and Media faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught jazz, rock, and world music since 2007, he directs the UMN world music ensemble, co-leads the Improvising Ecosystems interdisciplinary collaborative at the UMN Institute for Advanced Study, and coordinates UMNís partnership with the European Joint Masters Program for New Audiences and Innovative Practice. He performs regularly with faculty colleagues at UMN, in collaborative ensembles including Improvisando, 4 for J, and Instabilitrio.

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Updated on Sep 14 ’15