Born in St. Louis in 1935, Malcolm Frager took up the piano at an early age, moving to New York at age 14 for six years of study, eventually attending Columbia University.
Harry Lookofsky was born in Kentucky in 1913 and began studying violin at age 8, moving to St. Louis to receive his formal training.
Singer, actress and writer Geeta Novotny was born in St. Louis and began studying music at age 4. By age 16, Novotny was studying with a voice professor at Carnegie Mellon University; she graduated in 1998.
Although both Jean Sibelius and Dmitry Shostakovich are both products of the early and mid-20th century, many differences separate the two. Sibelius was more oriented towards traditional harmony and melody, whereas Shostakovich tilted at times to the atonality and abruptness that eventually became a tradition of its own by the end of the 20th century, and perhaps a trite one at that.
Jason Kao Hwang's most recent release is an eclectic collage of jazz, classical and Chinese music that sets aflame the traditional structure of the common jazz record. Let us indulge and joyously incinerate with "Burning Bridge."