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U.S. composer Steve Reich and saxophonist Sonny Rollins win 2007 Polar Music Prize

U.S. composer Steve Reich and saxophonist Sonny Rollins win 2007 Polar Music Prize

Composer Steve Reich and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins were named the winners of the 2007 Polar Music Prize on Thursday.
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."
Reich, 70, achieved worldwide fame in the 1970's with his percussion work "Drumming" as well as with the group Steve Reich and Musicians. His music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles around the globe including the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
The academy said it chose 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 individual sense of humor."
The 76-year-old tenor saxophonist recently reestablished himself at the top of the jazz scene with his Grammy-winning CD "Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert," his first live recording in nearly 20 years.
In 2006 he won double honors at the 10th annual Jazz Awards in New York, where he was named both musician and tenor saxophonist of the year.
Rollins' latest CD, "Sonny, Please," his first studio album in five years, was released last fall on his own newly created Doxy label and recently received a Grammy nomination in the best jazz instrumental album category.
"It's a real honor for me to receive the Polar Prize from the great country of Sweden," Rollins said in a statement released through his publicist. "Sweden has always been one of my favorite places to play over the years. The Swedish public has been very receptive to my music and supportive of jazz in general."
He is the third jazz musician to receive the Polar Prize, after Dizzy Gillespie and Keith Jarrett.
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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On the Net:
http://www.polarmusicprize.se/
http://www.sonnyrollins.com/


Updated : 2021-07-26 01:17 GMT+08:00