Talib Rasul Hakim Papers

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
Date: 1965-1988
Extent: 15.36 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Talib Rasul Hakim was born Stephen Alexander Chambers in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1940. He developed an interest in music in high school, studied clarinet and piano, and continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music (1958–1959) and the New York College of Music (1959–1963). Sometime in the 1960s he became interested in Sufism and assumed his Arabic name. He taught at several institutions and was the recipient of many awards and grants. His pieces “Sound-Gone” (1967), “Placements” (1970), and “Visions of Ishwara” (1970) were commercially recorded and published, and numerous other works received concert performances. His music often incorporated avant-garde compositional and performance techniques and also strongly reflect his interest in Islam and Eastern religions. He died in 1988.

Scope and Content Note:
The Talib Rasul Hakim Papers include personal papers, correspondence, scores, and performance notes for his compositions. A few recordings of performances are also included.

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