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Lee Blaske - Composer

Lee BlaskeComposer/producer/keyboardist Lee Blaske is in continual demand as an arranger and composer of television and radio commercials, music for industrial shows, and compositions,
arrangements and orchestrations for recording projects of all kinds. His orchestrations are found on the albums of many Flyte Tyme artists such as: Janet Jackson, Sounds of Blackness, Karyn White, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Alexander O'Neal, Johnny Gill,
Evelyn "Champagne" King and Color Me Badd as well as those of Nona Gaye, The Boys, The Steeles, and Amy Grant. His long list of commercial credits includes Coca Cola, Target, Mattel, Best Buy, United Airlines, Porsche, Tour de France, Marshall Field's, Rollerblades, Lee Jeans, Kemps, Piper Jaffry, Rite Aid, Ameritech, the Minnesota Twins, Kirby Vacuum, Toro, Coast to Coast, Purina, Bissel, Easy Spirit, Perkins, Friendly's, the Minnesota Lottery, and many, many others.

Lee Blaske composed the “national” section of the music for this performance. He was commissioned to create the score for the entire Mississippi River site. His music will be the last 12 minutes that all of the sites will hear at the same moment. His composition begins with the pristine flow of the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota and the sounds of a Native American flute. Further along we hear industrial sounds, and still farther on, a nod to the jazz that was spawned in the Mississippi river cities, such as Memphis and New Orleans. The last four minutes open up majestically to the Gulf, and it is during this section that all dancers in each of the sites perform the precise same motions, uniting the entire river. Lee has composed two other pieces for
site-specific dances choreographed by Marylee Hardenbergh.





One River Mississippi

















ART: Composers and Musicians
June 24