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Hershel Garfein





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Composer; Lyricist; Producer (Music)

Classical; Contemporary Instrumental; Jazz

Piano; Ukelele


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Jun 15, 2023

Hershel Garfein


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Herschel Garfein is a twice Grammy®-winning composer, writer, and director. “His music and themes are deeply American and rooted in the mores of Gens X and Y” (Time Out New York). His song-cycle MORTALITY MANSIONS (with poet Donald Hall) has been praised as “one of the most deeply moving and impressive vocal works of the twenty-first century” (Journal of Singing). His recent orchestral work for baritone Keith Phares and American Modern Ensemble King of the River (based on a Stanley Kunitz poem) was hailed as “a marvelous piece of descriptive modernism… a smashing premiere.” (Blog Critics). 

Hershel produced the album, PRESIDENTIAL SUITES, by saxophonist Ted Nash, which won two Grammys. Earlier works include the Grammy-winning libretto for the opera ELMER GANTRY, music and libretto for the opera Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead based on the play by Tom Stoppard; conceiving, writing, and directing My Coma Dreams for composer/pianist Fred Hersch; the landmark dance trilogy Mythologies for choreographer Mark Morris.

Hershel Garfein

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