Vladimir Simosko

Vladimir Simosko. Music librarian, clarinetist, saxophonist, flutist, percussionist, composer, b Pittsburgh 15 Nov 1943; BA (Rutgers) 1966, MLS (Rutgers) 1968. While a librarian 1967-74 in Princeton, NJ, he served 1968-71 as curator of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers U.

Simosko, Vladimir

Vladimir Simosko. Music librarian, clarinetist, saxophonist, flutist, percussionist, composer, b Pittsburgh 15 Nov 1943; BA (Rutgers) 1966, MLS (Rutgers) 1968. While a librarian 1967-74 in Princeton, NJ, he served 1968-71 as curator of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers U. He moved to the music library at the University of Manitoba in 1974 (becoming library head in 1982) and taught courses at the university 1976-83 in jazz and other musical topics. Having played 'free jazz' 1964-74 in New York as a clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist, he established in Winnipeg in 1983 the Experimental Creative Music Workshop, a collective of musicians committed to cross-cultural experimentation, aleatory composition, and interaction with dancers, poets, film makers, and other artists. The group, in which Simosko plays both reed and percussion instruments (vibraphone, marimba, etc), has performed in many Winnipeg venues and has been heard on CBC radio and on eight self-produced cassette recordings.

Simosko's compositions include Prairie (1984, for flute, synthesizer, percussion, narrator, and dancer), Bismallah (1985, for flute and piano, commissioned by the Manitoba Arts Festivals) and Yantra (1990, for shenai, darabaka, oud, nay, and voices). His manuscripts are deposited at the University of Manitoba Archives. He is a contributor to EMC.


Further Reading

  • Vladimir Simosko - with Larimer, Hugh. Jazz Literature Exhibit Annotated Catalog (Winnipeg 1979)

    - with Tepperman, Barry. Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography and Discography (Washington, DC 1974)

    'Experimental music workshop,' Manitoban, 22 Feb 1984

    Jung, Music & Music Therapy (Winnipeg 1987)

    Serge Chaloff: An Appreciation and Discography (Montreal 1989)

    'World music appreciation: 1990,' CFMB, vol 24, Winter 1990

    Also, articles published in CAML Newsletter, Coda, J of Jazz Studies, Manitoba Library Association Bulletin, Princeton University Library Q

    Beauchamp, Michelle. 'A Manitoban jazz composer,' Manitoban, 7 Feb 1985

    Prokosh, Kevin. 'Jazz outsider creates spiritual odyssey,' Winnipeg Free Press, 7 Feb 1985

    Whiteway, Doug. 'Local artists set experiment in spontaneity,' Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Sep 1985

    McIlroy, Randal. 'Music of other cultures instills spiritual growth,' University of Manitoba Bulletin, vol 22, 16 Dec 1987