My friends, family, colleagues, and people in the
arts know me as JED DISTLER, but my legal name is
JOHN EDWARD DISTLER, from which my parents
Jed within minutes of my birth on December 8th, 1956.
I vividly remember my first day of
and not responding when the teacher
asked for "John" during role call. That's because
no one had ever called me John. And no one has.
I'm a composer, pianist, writer, and Artistic
Director for ComposersCollaborative, Inc, a presenting
devoted to new music that I founded with my wife
Célia Cooke. If all this sounds enticing,
check out my bio on our website:
then feel free to further explore our website.
Outside of my professional obligations, I
films of all kinds (especially American film noirs by Sam Fuller
and German directors like Fritz Lang and Edgar G.
Ulmer), my enormous and shockingly eclectic music collection,
lots of reading, sight-reading piano four hand
arrangements of chamber and symphonic repertoire, trading live
of piano material,opera broadcasts, and Grateful
Dead concerts, snorkeling in Virgin Gorda,
walking on beaches in the Northeast of Brazil,
eating grilled sardines for late dinners in Lisbon.
When I have time, I enjoy cooking eclectic