Harrison, himself a dancer considered dance to be an extension of music. "Music is a song and a dance." Throughout his life Harrison was associated with a distinguished lineage of choreographers from the Mills College Dance Group in the 1930's to Merce Cunningham, Remy Charlip, Jean Erdman and Mark Morris. In addition to his long career in music and he had an interest in a multitude of arts.
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At the age of eighty-four, despite the death of his life partner of thirty-five years, Harrison persevered and built a wildly innovative straw bale artist retreat in Joshua Tree, California. It stands as a testament to the creative vision, vitality and playfulness that effused his life and work. Lou Harrison's music is performed in the world's most prominent venues. He amazed and inspired countless generations of artists and audiences around the world. Tribute concerts honoring him have been performed globally.
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