Javier Arau, LU'98
Four-time Downbeat Award winner Javier Arau currently resides in New York City where he is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, teacher, and entrepreneur. A double-degree student at Lawrence majoring in Theory/Composition and Economics, Javier later went on to earn his Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory. Javier has performed throughout the world and has appeared with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Charlie Haden, and Maria Schneider. Also an accomplished classical musician, he played tenor saxophone in the Lawrence University Saxophone Quartet that won first prize in the Music Teachers National Association’s national collegiate chamber music competition. His compositions and arrangements, which span a great variety of genres, have earned him three Downbeat awards, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award, and an MENC Young Composers award and have been performed throughout the United States. Javier is founder and director of the New York Jazz Academy, a school with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island that employs about forty teachers and serves students of all ages. To listen to Javier’s performances and to read more about his activities and his advice to students, visit his website at www.javierarau.com.