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Darryl White

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A DOCTORAL DOCUMENT Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, Major: Music, Under the Supervision of Professor Darryl White. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2018.

Copyright (c) 2018 Mitchell Dunham


Art Lande is an accomplished performing musician based out of Boulder, Colorado. He is well-known as a jazz pianist and free improviser and made a name for himself as one of the first recording artists with ECM Records. He has toured all over Europe and the United States as both a band leader and a solo artist. Aside from his superb musicianship, he is also known as a creative and effective pedagogue.

Funko Moderno is Art Lande’s most recent musical venture and was created with the intention of forming an entirely new way of playing and writing music. The freedom of the music coupled with the unique parameters and use of multimedia make the band stand out as pushing the boundaries of free jazz and musical performance. The musicians of Funko Moderno play music that is challenging and impressive while developing and improvising characters as part of the band’s back story. This allows the listener’s imagination to play an active part in how the music is perceived.

Art Lande’s history as a musician, pedagogue, and band leader is crucial to the understanding of his latest project. His previous bands like Rubisa Patrol, The Russian Dragon Band, and Boy-Girl Band were all integral steps towards Lande’s creation of Funko Moderno. While other musicians like John Zorn, Charles Mingus, and John Cage have worked on projects with similar qualities to Lande’s project, there are important differences that make Funko Moderno stand out as unique.

Advisor: Darryl White

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