Richard Lowe Teitelbaum (born May 19, 1939) is an American composer, keyboardist, and improvisor. A former student of Allen Forte, Mel Powell, and Luigi Nono, he is known for his live electronic music and synthesizer performances. He is a pioneer of brain-wave music. He is also involved with world music and uses Japanese, Indian, and western classical instruments and notation in both composition and improvisational settings.
Born in New York City, Teitelbaum remembers listening to his father (a successful lawyer) play piano while he was a child. A 1960 graduate of Haverford College, Teitelbaum continued keyboard studies at Mannes School of Music, then pursued his Masters in Music at Yale. He won a Fulbright to study in Italy in 1964 with Goffredo Petrassi, then in 1965 with Luigi Nono.
While in Italy, he became a founding member of Musica Elettronica Viva with Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski. In the mid-1960s he began researching the use of brain-waves to control musical events and, as a result, he brought the first Moog synthesizer to Europe in 1967. His piece In Tune was first performed with Barbara Mayfield in late 1967.
In 1970, he returned to the US to study Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University; while there he founded the World Band (one of the first inter-cultural improvisatory ensembles) with the master musicians teaching in that program. He has also collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, Andrew Cyrille, Leroy Jenkins, Steve Lacy, Alvin Lucier, and David Behrman, among many others.
He has been awarded a Guggenheim, the two Fulbrights mentioned above, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Venice Biennale, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Asian Cultural Council.
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With Anthony Braxton
With Andrew Cyrille
With Leroy Jenkins
With Steve Lacy
With Joëlle Léandre
With George Lewis