Michael Colgrass: Adventures of an American Composer is a collection of anecdotes about my private encounters with Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie and a host of other key figures in American music.
I also write about romancing a Cold War spy in Bucharest, composing a ballet overnight for the Joffrey Ballet, and playing a gig for a stripper that landed me a job in West Side Story.
The anecdotes convey a pivotal era in American music that shaped me as a person and a composer.
Drawing on Neuro Linguistic Programming, mime, creativity, hypnosis, psychology and Grotowski physical training, Kumi helps Nick rediscover his confidence in life and in work.
Exercises at the end of the book enable readers to experience Kumi’s teachings on their own.