- A.J. Heward Rees
(b Llwynypia, Glam., Nov 2, 1947). Welsh composer active in the USA. She studied with Hoddinott at University College, Cardiff (BMus 1968), then with Jonathan Harvey at Southampton University (research into Gerhard’s music) and from 1972 at Princeton University with Babbitt and J.K. Randall (PhD 1981). She took up a teaching appointment at Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1980, becoming chair of the Department of Performing Arts in 1992. After co-editing, in 1989, a volume (xxvii/2) of Perspectives of New Music about Japanese music, she visited Japan a year later, teaching at Kansai University and pursued her studies of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and nō performing traditions. She served on the executive board of the International League of Women Composers (1982–95) and was the editor of its journal from 1982 to 1988. Tann’s output, though not prolific, covers a wide variety of media and is always fastidiously produced. Drawing inspiration from WaIes and environmental phenomena and sometimes reflecting Japanese instrumental traditions, her music is spare in texture, meticulous in its sensitivity to timbre, and frequently entails development from cellular motifs that emulate organic growth patterns, as in ...