Stephen Rush is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1987. He studied with third-stream pioneer Gunther Schuller, David Liptak and Samuel Adler, and is the author of the book, “Free Jazz, Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman,” which includes extensive interviews with Ornette. Rush’s compositional output includes six operas, chamber music (some of which is standard repertory), orchestra work and over 150 scores for dancers. His compositions have been recorded and performed worldwide by the Warsaw and Detroit Symphonies and members of the New York and Cleveland Philharmonics, and recently, classical ensembles in Spain, Korea, and Switzerland. As a performer, Rush has presented his multi-media work in Japan, Europe (Florence, Berlin, and Budapest, etc.), Latin America, and India. He has over 30 CD’s to his credit ranging from electronic experimental music, orchestra performances, chamber music, and jazz. He works often with his electronic group, “Crystal Mooncone” with Chris Peck and Jon Moniaci, as well as with his acoustic jazz group, “Naked Dance” with Andrew Bishop and Jeremy Edwards. Rush is the director of the Digital Music Ensemble (DME) at the University of Michigan.
Stephen Rush works frequently as a jazz musician, performing with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, the late Peter Kowald, and his own New York-based-trio Yuganaut, with Tom Abbs and Geoff Mann (including a new release on Nessa Records with Roscoe Mitchell).