Roscoe Mitchell Receives Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award

Oakland, CA—February 8, 2018

ASCAP LogoThe American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has honored pioneering jazz legend Roscoe Mitchell with the esteemed ASCAP Founders Award. Mitchell received the award at the performing rights organization’s annual jazz music awards gala on February 7 in Los Angeles.  

The ASCAP Founders Award recognizes the accomplishments of songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Recipient Roscoe Mitchell joins legendary music creators such as Diane Warren, Stephen Schwartz, Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

“For five decades, Roscoe Mitchell has continuously expanded our ideas of how contemporary music is heard and made, and influenced generations of music creators in the process,” said ASCAP president Paul Williams said.

An internationally renowned musician, composer and innovator, ASCAP Founders Award recipient Roscoe Mitchell began his distinguished career in the spirited 1960s of Chicago, Illinois. His role in the resurrection of long neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, his innovation as a solo woodwind performer, and his reassertion of the composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for over four decades. Mitchell has recorded over 100 albums and has written hundreds of compositions, ranging from classical to contemporary, from wild and forceful free jazz to ornate chamber music. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the John Cage Award for Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance, the Golden Ear Award from the Deep Listening Institute and the American Music Center Letter of Distinction. Currently, Mitchell is the Distinguished Darius Milhaud Professor of Composition at Mills College, Oakland, California.

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