GARRETT LIST was born in 1933. He spent most of his childhood in Southern California, and attended the State University in Long Beach, California, transferring to the Juilliard School in New York City where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in performance and music.
As a performer of new music and an organizer of new music concerts, he has been involved with the first performances of major works by many American and European composers including: Luciano Berio, John Cage, Bruno Maderna, Ornette Coleman, Morton Feldman, Earl Brown, Carla Bley, Frederic Rzewski, Christian Wolff, Anthony Braxton, Jim Burton and others. He was an original member of The Ensemble, the performing group of Lincoln Center's "New and Newer Music" series and served as co-director with Dennis Russell Davies for the 1973-74 season. He was musical director of The Kitchen, a performance center for video, art and music in New York City in 1975-77.
Improvisation has played a large part in List's work, and since 1971 he has been associated with Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), a live electronic and improvisation ensemble which was founded in Rome by Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Curran, Richard Teitelbaum, and others, in 1966. Through the New York chapter of MEV he came into contact with such outstanding improvisers as Dave Holland, Karl Berger, Anthony Braxton, Bob Moses and Barry Altschule.
His compositions have been played throughout Europe and America, in 1974 at Berlin's MetaMusik Festival and The Walter Series at The Kitchen. His composition, Phase One, is available on Opus One Recordings. In 1975 Mr. List accompanied the Creative Associates of the State University of New York at Buffalo on their tour to Eastern Europe.