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.
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