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Jeff Abell is a composer, performance artist, writer and photographer. He holds two degrees in music composition from Northern Illinois University, where his teachers included Paul Steg and Chinary Ung. He also studied at the Center for World Music in Berkeley, CA, and is versed in many strains of World Music, particularly Balinese gamelan. He was a founding member of EAGERE (Early Avant-Garde EthNoh Rock Ensemble), and the Neoteric Ensemble. He has composed music for dance, as well as for theater and film. Abell has performed with violist Barbara Steg since 1974, and released a CD called Natural Acts with her in 1997 (he received a Community Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago for this project). Abell is also closely involved in the performance of Fluxus works, and has played music by Dick Higgins, George Brecht and Alison Knowles in both this country and in France. In 2007, he presented a concert at Columbia College called “Boredom & Danger: Minimal & Fluxus Piano Pieces.” His “lip-synch opera,” Confusion, received its first performances at the Experimental Sound Studio in January, 2008. This project was completed with the help of an ESS Artist Residency project in 2007, a project sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Abell teaches at the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago and currently holds the title of Associate Chair in that department.