George Lewis

George Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Lewis has received a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Lewis has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, and his widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself:  The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American MusicologicalSociety’s Music in American Culture Award.  His creative work as composer, improvisor, and computer/installation artist is documented on more than 140 recordings, and has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2015, his opera, Afterword, received its UK premiere at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and he received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh.