Pearson, Stephen Funk
- M. Rusty Jones
(b Poughkeepsie, NY, Jan 22, 1950). American composer, guitarist, author, and television host. He gained undergraduate degrees from Vassar College in philosophy and music, and a master’s degree (MM) in composition and performance from Hunter College. He studied guitar with Alexander Bellow, Frederic Hand, Alice Artzt, David Russell, John Mills, José Tomás, and Oscar Ghiglia. His composition teachers include Lennox Berkeley, Robert Middleton, richard Wilson , and annea Lockwood . He also has gained extensive experience with folk, rock, and jazz. His compositional style is notable for a fusion of diverse genres and his experimentation with prepared guitars. Representative works for prepared guitar include Pongue, which involves the use of carefully prepared ping-pong balls, and South China Sea Peace, which employs unusual scordatura and an additional bridge placed under the 12th fret. The recording Artists around the World Perform Stephen Funk Pearson (CDBY, 2009) showcases Pearson’s compositions for traditional folk instruments (mandolin, flute, guitar, and marimba) often performed in unorthodox manners. His music has premiered at major venues including the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall. An accomplished guitarist, he won top prize at the International Guitar Competition of Puerto Rico. His album ...