Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Westendorf, Lynette, composer, pianist, keyboard player; b. Twin Falls, Idaho, 14 January 1951. She holds her doctorate in composition from the University of Washington. She teaches private piano, theory and composition, and is on the faculty of the Academy of Music Northwest, where she teaches piano and keyboard harmony, a subject for which she is currently working on a book. She also works as a free-lance musician in the Seattle area. She has been composing and performing her chamber works in the jazz and new music genres for many years. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her original works, including c.1998 a commission for a new work for alto saxophone and bass for Houston-based sax player Richard Nunemaker, a commission for new music for dance by choreographer Laura Whitman, and a commission for a work for koto by Elizabeth Falconer. In 1996 her jazz suite Bleysphemous and Hadenistic received an honorable mention from the national Jazz Composers Alliance, Inc. Her most recent works have been written for the Animal Dreams Ensemble, a sextet which she established and directs. Recent activities include a composer residency at the University of New Mexico's 1997 Composer's Symposium, and the presentation of improvisation workshops at the International Congress on Women in Music in Los Angeles in May, 1997.
Her compositional techniques often utilize structured improvisation as well as traditional writing involving a variety of modal and rhythmic techniques.
Her dissertation is entitled Analyzing Free Jazz, and includes analyses of works by Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor.
An article on Cecil Taylor was published in a recent issue of Perspectives of New Music
She has also published several reviews of new music recordings and performances.
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