Lyn is first and foremost a visual artist. Her second love is music and the musicians who make it.
My indoctrination to the jazz music world occurred in high school
with a performance by the original Dave Brubeck 4tet : Paul
Desmond, Eugene Wright and Joe Morello. It was not until I was
studying at CalArts & going to my studio daily that I plunged
deeper into the music when I listened to KBCA.
After Cal Arts, my penchant turned to contemporary classical and
its obvious antecedents. I rubbed elbows with Morton Feldman,
John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich (from whom I have not
yet turned away), George Crumb and Nils Vigeland.
Mixing the three disciplines of mainstream jazz, contemporary
classical music and my making visual art, I somehow developed
the capacity to write about creative improvised music, first
introduced to me by Michael Ehlers, the founder of Eremite
Records. A performance by Joe McPhee, playing an improvised
the valve trombone
dedicated to Denis Charles, re-opened my ears to hearing the
innuendos of sound. That was a remarkable turning point in my
listening life. With that, my art-making began to coalesce further
thematically. I have never looked back.
My position as Contributor to this website ended
with the last entry of My Top Ten List for 2010.
Having written also for Jazzreview.com, The New York City Jazz
Messenger, Downbeat and JazzTimes.com since 1996, I have managed to
create an audience for my blog, The Paradigm for Beauty, which is now
the only venue for my writing.