With influences ranging from the hymnal music of her youth to tangos, bebop, free jazz, classical music and beyond, the music of Carla Bley is gloriously unclassifiable and uniquely her own. An outstanding post-bop composer and orchestrator, her pioneering body of work harnesses unpredictable melodies, resourceful arrangements, and a pungent wit. Bley is also important for her roles as a label owner and as a musician who has had full control over her releases on the Watt label, which she started with her second husband, Michael Mantler.
Carla Bley, neé Borg, was born on May 11, 1938 in Oakland, California. Her father, Emil Borg, was a piano teacher and church organist who began to give his daughter music lessons at the tender age of three. Soon she... Read More