Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Karush, Larry, pianist, composer and teacher; b. Chicago, IL, 6 October 1946. His roots are in jazz, 20th century western music, African-based percussion, and the music of North India. From Carnegie Hall to the Purple Onion, he has performed jazz with John Abercrombie, Jane Ira Bloom, Eddie Gomez, Jay Clayton, Bennie Wallace and Oregon, World Music with Kanai Dutta, Francisco Aguabella, Geetha Ramanathan and Glen Velez, and New Music with Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
His compositions and performances have been recorded on the ECM, Vanguard, Inner City, AudioQuest, Music of the World and NAXOS labels. He has received grants for his creative work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA/Arts International, Meet the Composer, the California Arts Council, and is the recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition.
He has performed solo piano concerts of original music (and with his piano/bass/three world percussion ensemble, The Combination) throughout the United States and Europe in addition to festival appearances in Canada and South Africa.