'Alpert Award In The Arts' Recipient, John King, Accepts Jazz Journalists Association Award On Behalf of Herb Alpert
Valencia, CA, June 10--California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the Alpert Award in the Arts announce that John King, the 2009 Alpert Award recipient in Music, will represent Herb Alpert at the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) annual awards gala. At the event, Mr. Alpert will be inducted into the JJA's growing A-Team of "activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors" of jazz. Mr. King will accept the award on his behalf. The gala takes place on June 16, 2009 at the Jazz Standard in New York City.
The JJA's board of directors, who select the A-Team members, honored Mr. Alpert for his support of jazz education at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), his musical and cultural contributions, and his enduring commitment to jazz.
Howard Mandel, JJA President commented, "we are very grateful for Herb Alpert's support of music education and, through the Alpert Awards, artists of the stature of John King. Herb is a champion of music that does not immediately catch the pop ear and has never ceased to support works that generate ideas and possess enduring power. This year's JJA award nominees include Alpert Award recipients Mark Feldman, George Lewis, Vijay Iyer and James Carter. Iyer and Carter also won earlier JJA Awards."
The iconic, upbeat, enormously popular 1960s sound of the Tijuana Brass is just one of Mr. Alpert's legacies. His songwriting, his co-stewardship (with Jerry Moss) of A&M Records from 1962 to 1993 and his role as a producer of Tony Kushner's play Angels in America are also significant cultural contributions--along with his support of the arts through the Alpert Awards and the exceptional philanthropy of The Herb Alpert Foundation.
Rooted in 20th century experimental music, 2009 Alpert Award winner John King has written media operas for full orchestras and voice, instrumental solos, string quartets, and mixed chamber works with live electronics. Neither 'sampling' nor 'quoting,' King draws from both classical and vernacular music traditions, synthesizing the conceptual with the avant-garde. Composers Tania León and Morton Subotnick, and Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed comprised the panel that selected Mr. King for the 2009 Alpert Award in Music.
The Alpert Award in the Arts provides unrestricted, annual prizes of $75,000 to five engaged, independent artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts. Initiated and funded by The Herb Alpert Foundation and administered by California Institute of the Arts, the Alpert Awards reward experimenters who are challenging and transforming art, their respective disciplines and society. Since the Awards' inception, the 65 past recipients have gone on to further recognition, producing significant and acclaimed works and receiving major cultural prizes and awards, proving repeatedly that the Alpert Awards identify important mid-career artists who effect a change both in their fields as well as in the cultural landscape.
CalArts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.