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John C. MacInnis

Show , 1955 ). She often styled herself as a mock-music appreciation teacher; for example, she instructed audiences on “How to Write your own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera,” comically explained the plots of famous works like Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen , and described instruments of the orchestra as in her routine “Wind Instruments I have Known.” As a musical parodist, Russell jested with all musical genres. For example, she composed and sang “I’m only a faded rose” (English music-hall song), “Je n’ai pas la plume de ma tante” (French art song), and “I gave my love


Yoko Suzuki

he moved back to New York and started to work with a wide variety of musicians in different settings, including bassist Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, composer-saxophonist Henry Threadgill’s Very Very Circus, trumpeter Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, and the Metropolitan Opera. Working in Threadgill’s band, which included two tubas, allowed him the freedom to play melodies in the upper register. He has developed nontraditional techniques for tuba playing, such as using the instrument’s body as percussion. In recent years, as an instrumental part of the New