New Jersey Stage 2017: Issue 5 - Page 126

cian and quit teaching music, he researched which instruments were most in demand. He totally gave up sax and taught himself bass. When he got tired of how most piano players played, he gave up the bass and focused on piano (also to play his own compositions the way he wanted them played.)” A determined and positive per- son, Derwyn is still an active art- ist at age 78. More than 35 of his composi- tions have been performed and recorded in the U.S. and Europe. Maestro/conductor Jung-Ho Pak says of Derwyn, “He belongs to a group of composers that helped usher in the ‘third stream’ style of music, combining the rich- ness of the cool jazz era with the tradition of classical music.  His voice is distinctly American and should be recognized for his contribution as a bridge com- poser between the past and the present, as well as popular and high art music.” Derwyn’s first performed clas- Get The Arts News That You Want! Start your day with a customized look at arts & entertainment news from around the state. Click here to sign up. brought to you by INDEX New Jersey Stage 126 NEXT ARTICLE NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5