Jason Moran receives prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has announced the 21 recipients of its fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards, honoring recipients in the field of dance, jazz, and theatre. Among them are Houston native jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran.

On the DDCF web site, Moran was asked, “What are the creative challenges you face as an artist?”

Moran says: “Time is not available like it used to be. Currently, I do not have time to thoroughly practice, compose, or investigate ideas down to their core. I’ve made due by grabbing the shards of time that are available and placing shards of music on the staff paper. I’m positive this award will allow me to pull back on the throttle, and, hopefully, this will allow time to create without deadline. There is no formula for creativity, so I’m wary that “time” will solve any creative blocks I currently have. I’m certain the award will allow me time to take lessons, and hopefully begin redefining my relationship to the piano. This is important if I’m to sustain myself at the piano for the next 40 years. That’s my aim, and now is the time to plan for the future.”

Each artist will receive $275,000.