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US composer Steve Reich and saxophonist Sonny Rollins win 2007 Polar Music Prize

US composer Steve Reich and saxophonist Sonny Rollins win 2007 Polar Music Prize

Composer Steve Reich and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins on Thursday were named the winners of the 2007 Polar Music Prize.
The two U.S. musicians will receive the 1 million kronor (euro110,000; US$143,000) prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at an awards ceremony in Stockholm on May 21.
The Royal Academy of Music, which selects the winners, said Reich had "transferred questions of faith, society and philosophy into a hypnotic sounding music that has inspired musicians and composers of all genres."
The academy said it tapped Rollins, "one of the most powerful and personal voices in jazz for more than 50 years," for raising "the accompanied solo to the highest artistic level _ all characterized by a distinctive and powerful sound, irresistible swing and an in individual sense of humor."
The Polar Music Prize is Sweden's biggest music award and was founded by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, in 1989 through a donation to the academy.
The prize is typically split between pop artists and classical musicians. Previous winners include former Beatle Paul McCartney, violinist Isaac Stern, rock musician Bruce Springsteen, conductor Pierre Boulez and music producer Quincy Jones, among others.
The 2006 prize went to British rock band Led Zeppelin and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev.
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