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Cyrille, Andrew

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Andrew Cyrille
Drummer, Composer

Profile:

Attended the Juilliard and Hartnett Schools of Music and worked with renowned jazz artists including Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Walt Dickerson, and Babatunde Olatunji. From the mid-sixties to the seventies, Mr. Cyrille collaborated with pianist Cecil Taylor; was a member of the choral theater group Voices Inc.; and taught as artistin- residence at Antioch College. Mr. Cyrille organized several percussion groups featuring, at various times, notable drummers such as Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Famoudou Don Moye, Rashied Ali, Daniel Ponce, and Michael Carvin. Mr. Cyrille has toured and performed throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and the former USSR. He currently is a member of TRIO3, featuring Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman. He has received three NEA grants for performance and composition, two Meet the Composer/ AT&T- Rockefeller Foundation grants, and an Arts International award to perform with his quintet in Accra, Ghana, and West Africa. In 1999, Mr. Cyrille received a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition.


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