The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Jason Moran, a jazz pianist and composer known for his prodigious talent and eclectic sensibility, as one of 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010.
The MacArthur Fellowship, informally and externally known as the "genius grant," is an award worth $500,000, distributed quarterly over five years. The award comes with no restrictions on spending; the program is designed to encourage creativity, based on previous achievement and future promise.
Moran, 35, is an exceptionally versatile pianist, known for his fluency in both pre- and post-modern styles, and everything in between. He is just as likely to interpret jazz standards as he is to write multimedia compositions based on found sound, hip-hop or contemporary art.
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