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Lehman, Stephen (Hart)

Lehman, Stephen (Hart), saxophonist, composer, educator, scholar; b. New York City, NY, 1 September 1978. Lehman was raised in Brooklyn with his four half-brothers (Peter, b. 1961; Mathew, b.1967; James Charas, b. 1964; Andrew, b.1966) and half-sister (Beth, 1959) until 1986 when he moved with his mother (born Sheila Seigel, 1940) and father (Stephen Jay Lehman, 1934-1987) to Hartford, Connecticut.

Lehman had piano lessons from about age 6-8 before switching to alto saxophone, which he studied under Eugene Cantera at Renbrook Junior High School (CT), and Duncan Martin at Milton Academy (MA). From 1994-1995 Lehman relocated to Rennes, France as part of the "School Year Abroad" academic program. While attending Wesleyan University (BA in music and French Literature, 2000; MA in music composition, 2002), Lehman studied under Anthony Braxton and Jackie McLean, in addition to vibraphonist Jay Hoggard and composer Alvin Lucier.

During this period, Lehman became active as a performer in both New York City and Paris (where he lived in 1999), recording two albums as a leader with trumpeter Roy Campbell on the CIMP record label, in addition to performing and recording with artists like Eddie Henderson, William Parker, Nasheet Waits, Mark Dresser, Mark Helias, Pheeroan akLaff, Drew Gress, Eric McPherson, Mark Shim, Jay Hoggard, Oliver Lake, and Anthony Braxton (whose ensemble he was a member of from 1998-2002). In 2004 Lehman was asked to join the collective trio Fieldwork, which also includes pianist Vijay Iyer and drummer Elliot Kavee. In 2004 Lehman worked as a sideman with a diverse set of artists including Ralph Alessi, Meshsell Ndegeocello and Dave Burrell.

As a composer, Lehman has written pieces for large orchestra and various chamber ensembles which have been performed by Marilyn Nonken, the Furious Ensemble and members of Ensemble Sospeso among others. He has received grants for his compositions from the World Music Institute, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and The Ostrava New Music Days Festival. In 2002 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant by the U.S. government to do research in Paris on the French understanding of the Jazz continuum. He also taught an undergraduate course on the music of Anthony Braxton at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieure de Musique de Paris during this time.

Camoflage (2001); Structural Fire (2001); Interface (2004); Artificial Light (2004)
As sideperson:
Kevin O'Neil: Sous Rature (2000).
Anthony Braxton: Nine Compositions (2001); Kevin Norton: Change Dance (2001),Matt Welch: Ceo Nul (2001)
Unissued recording:
Unissued recording with Nasheet Waits and John Hebert; Unissued recording with Roy Campbell, William Parker, Tomas Fujiwara (2002); Unissued recording with Mark Shim, Drew Gress, Gerald Cleaver (2002); Unissued recording with Jay Hoggard, Mark Helias, Eric McPherson (2002); Unissued recording with Nat Reeves, Kevin O'Neil, Tony Leone (2000)

The Music of Jackie McLean (Lehman's undergraduate thesis, 2000)
Aesthetic Perspectives - Compositions 2000-2002 (Lehman's graduate thesis, 2002)

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