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Video by Kyle Johnson
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall lobby
UCSD, La Jolla


Karen Reynolds has been a committed musician with an activist dimension throughout her life. She has performed widely and notably, but her most formative experience remains premiering Mosaic – a duo by Roger Reynolds (included in New World Records’s ONCE set), and, in her booklet essay, Leta Miller writes that [Mosaic] is “played brilliantly by Karen Hill and [jazz pianist] Bob James.” Reynolds’s musical training began at home, and continued under the tutelage of Chicago Symphony flutist Arthur Kitti, and with Michel Debost and Marcel Moyse. Extending her energies toward larger platforms and the organization of festivals, Reynolds co-organized CROSS TALK INTERMEDIA (attended by an audience of 10,000 in 3 nights) in 1969. She also co-organized three other festivals: The Pacific Ring, Xenakis @ UCSD, and the John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC. Beyond concept, content, and process contributions, she brings to all of her engagements a discerning editorial eye. As a graphic designer, she creates programs, posters, and logos her festival involvements, and has established two comprehensive websites. Her work appears on numerous CD covers and on C.F. Peters publications. With Roger Reynolds, she is writing a book on the Anza-Borrego Desert residence designed for them by Xenakis.