Discipline: Music Composition

Michael Jefry Stevens

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Black Mountain, NC
MacDowell Fellowships: 2000

Michael Jefry Stevens is an American jazz pianist. He has composed more than 340 works for both large and small ensembles. An active band-leader for over 30 years, his current working musical ensembles include the Conference Call Quartet, the Fonda/Stevens Group, the Hungarian Eastern Boundary Quartet, the Generations Quartet featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake and his most recent Coretet collaboration with Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Michael has released more than 90 CDs and has performed and/or recorded extensively with many of the top names in Jazz, including Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Leo Smith, Matt Wilson, Han Bennink, Mark Feldman, Pheeroan AkLaff, Gerry Hemingway, Charles Moffett Sr., Billy Martin, and many others. He was the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow for 2000 at MacDowell, and was a Centrum Arts composer fellow (2004). Stevens was artist in residence for at EMU Conservatory in La Plata, Argentina between 2005-2010, and has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Sibelius Academy in Finland, University of Michigan, Indiana University, and many other educational institutions in Europe, Latin America and North America.