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George J. Grella

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(b Albuquerque, NM, April 19, 1957). American composer, performer, instrument builder, and journalist. In high school he learned to play guitar, flute, violin, and percussion. In 1976 he enrolled at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he built a Serge modular synthesizer. He also formed the Fall Mountain ensemble with the reed player Ned Rothenberg and the violinist Jim Katzin. After leaving Oberlin in 1979 without a degree, he toured with Anthony Braxton’s Creative Music Orchestra then settled in New York. There he began playing with John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne, Wayne Horvitz, and Fred Frith and embarked on an idiosyncratic and individualistic career.

Ostertag’s work is holistic; he has developed his compositions inseparably from the instruments he has designed, the musicians with whom he has collaborated and improvised, and the explicit and passionate political opinions he has sought to express. In 1980 he released his first solo album, Getting a Head...

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Hanspeter Krellmann

(b Winterthur, March 14, 1931). Swiss music journalist and film maker . He studied music at the Winterthur Conservatory (1953) and musical analysis under Hans Keller in London. His career as a musicologist, journalist and film maker began in 1956 when he wrote his first music reviews for Swiss newspapers. From 1960 to 1965 he was editor-in-chief at Radio Zürich's department of new music. Subsequently he directed the music department of the North German television network in Hamburg (1965–8), but resigned to live as a freelance author and film-script writer at Bergamo. In 1969 he took up a lecturing post in audio-visual drama at the Munich Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen.

Pauli belongs to the generation of German-speaking music journalists who base their work on the prevailing social contexts and conditions of composition and performance; he draws largely on the doctrines of Marx and Adorno and aims in his combination of a visual medium with music at the fusion of the various media into an integrated whole. These principles were applied in Mauricio Kagel's first films under Pauli's editorial supervision in Hamburg, and later in his work on contemporary music. The films he has written and directed himself include ...