Donal Fox

Tonight’s special guest is composer Donal Fox, and our theme is “Confounding the Genre Police” I first heard Donal at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1992, playing Monk and Bach. That was an astounding performance and he still amazes me, years later.

His three favorite albums as a kid were a Bach Cantata, The Rite of Spring, and Birth of the Cool. Join us as we discuss music, the internet, genres, and American culture, race, and politics.

The ‘theme’ of tonight’s show comes from an interview published in Down Beat magazine in 1998. And Donal has been confounding everyone ever since.

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AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #22 : Composer Portrait

Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Thelonious Monk
Ugly Beauty
Donal Fox piano, David Murray tenor saxophone.

Scarlatti Jazz Suite
Donal Fox Quartet, featuring: Warren Wolf, vibraphone; John Lockwood, double bass; Terri Lyne Carrington, drums.
Leonellis Music IMTS 826625Ugly Beauty CD Cover

Thelonious Monk
́Round Midnight
Donal Fox, piano and David Murray, tenor saxophone.

Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra
American Composers Orchestra (ACO), Donal Fox, piano, Stefan Lano, conducting.
Unreleased (archival recording)

The Scream
Guy Livingston, piano.
WERGO Records 6649-2

Star Spangled Fractured
Donal Fox, piano.
Unreleased (concert recording at Jordan Hall)

Robert Schumann
Donal Fox Quartet.
Leonellis Music IMTS 8-26625



Three young musicians to watch:

  • Donal’s Ph. D. student Xiao Xiao who studying at the MIT Media Lab, Tangible Media Group (see her TedxBoston talk Here)
  • Jazz, classical French/American pianist Dan Tepfer (graduate of NEC)
  • Young Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez

Tanglewood Jazz Festival 2010: Interview

Live at the Greene Space: Performance and Interview

Interview with Entertainment Reporter Joyce Kulhawik

Donal by Liza Voll


4 comments to “Donal Fox”
  1. Yes and no. I have always enjoyed the visceral expression of Edward Munch “The Scream” or the “The Scream of Nature” (Der Schrei der Natur) You can certainly hear the “cries,” the “screams” in the 1893 painting. Very audible. Where as Edward Munch refers to the “The Scream of Nature,”

    “I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature”

    I’m extending in my piece, “The Scream,” the cries and screams I hear in the struggle and the fight for social justice in America and around the world. DF

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