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Doug Lofstrom: Bio

Composer and bassist Doug Lofstrom has been composing prolifically since the 1970's. and his diverse scores reflect his ongoing involvement in theater, dance, film and symphonic music. In the 1990's, he was composer-in-residence for the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and during the 80's, musical director of Chicago's Free Street Theatre. His works have been performed by the St. Louis, Atlanta and Oregon Symphony Orchestras, and the Present Music and CUBE chamber ensembles.

His most recent endeavors include the score for Alakshaya, commissioned by the Natya Dance Theatre and a Concertino for Oboe and Orchestra, commissioned by the New Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Lofstrom has composed several works for Midwest Ballet Theatre, and three works for the Evansville, IN "musictelling" group Tales and Scales, including The Arabian Nights, Just Beyond the Junkyard and Jabberwocky.

In 2001, Lofstrom formed The New Quartet, a versatile chamber ensemble which performs his original music and arrangements of modern classics, jazz and world music. He is currently on the music faculty of Columbia College in Chicago, IL.

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New Quartet Members

Violinist James Sanders is featured with his own Latin-jazz group, Conjunto, and is an active chamber and orchestral musician, regularly performing with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Multi-reedist Michael Levin has performed with artists as diverse as Diane Schuur, Clark Terry, the Temptations and the Revolution Ensemble.

Pianist Leandro Lopez-Varady, originally from Argentina, has become part of the Chicago jazz scene after touring the Far East with bassist Eldee Young.

Rounding out the group is Sarah Allen, renowned jazz drummer and timpanist with the Northbrook Symphony.