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Marie McAuliffe

Marie McAuliffe

Marie McAuliffe. Her music is provocative. A pianist/composer based in lower Manhattan, her group is called the Arksextet and its eponymous debut appears on Koch Jazz.

After her 1979 arrival in New York, she studied with Barry Harris and at Jazzmobile as well as played around town but it was a 1989 NEA Jazz Fellowship to study with Kenny Barron and Richie Beirach that led to a big change for her. “Richie turned me on to Ligeti, Takemitsu, Bartok and George Russell and he was also extremely encouraging about composing. Based on one little piece I showed him, he said, ‘You’re an embryonic composer.’ After that, I thought more seriously about writing and eventually decided on a group of instruments to write for, and that was the beginning of my sextet.”

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