Faculty & Staff Profiles

Stephen Rush

Professor of Performing Arts Technology

Stephen Rush has had premieres on five continents and has released many publications of his musical compositions. He has written five operas, over 50 works for dance, chamber and electronic works, concertos, and two symphonies, performed by the Detroit Symphony and the Warsaw National Symphony.  He has authored two books, including Free Jazz, Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman. Rush has recordings on Nessa, Innova, ESP-Disk’, Equilibrium, Leo, Deep Listening, Centaur, MMC, RogueArts (Paris), Eroica, Summit, and CALA Records (with the New York Philharmonic Chamber Musicians).

Rush is a professor of music at the University of Michigan, where he founded the Digital Music Ensemble (DME) which he has directed for 25 years. DME he has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Elliott Sharp, Alvin Lucier and Robert Ashley, and premiered works by John Cage, Philip Glass, and La Monte Young. Rush also heads the immensely popular class “Creative Process” (UARTS 250), whose team recently was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.

He collaborates with virtually every ensemble at SMTD, having written scores for the University Symphony, University Choir, Trombone Ensemble, as well over 100 scores for dance.

Rush has also taken over 130 students to India every summer since 2005, where they study music, dance, and yoga for one month. There they study, one-on-one, with gurus who are deeply committed to the cultural traditions of India.

Rush has over 35 CDs released and has performed or recorded with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Elliott Sharp, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Kowald, and his jazz trio Naked Dance with Jeremy Edwards and Andrew Bishop. He also tours and records with his electronic psychedelic improvisation band, Crystal Mooncone.

He is also deeply invested in “Installation Art”, with current works in collaboration with Michael Gould and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Henry Pollack, World Without Ice, as well as Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible in collaboration with scientists at the Fermi Lab.

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