Peter Elyakim Taussig is a composer, filmmaker, and writer. He is neither award-winning nor internationally acclaimed. After being born in Czechoslovakia where he was considered a Jew, he fled to Israel where he was considered a Czech, in Canada (1968-1991) he was considered an Israeli, and now in the States he is of course a Canadian. Always one step behind.
The most consistent aspect of Taussig’s career is a complete lack of consistency. He has a BA in Islamic studies (1965), a Masters degree in music (1970), was a concert pianist (1972-1985), an experimental filmmaker (1982-1990), a festival director (Stratford Summer Music 1980-82), and a stand-up comedian (1982-1989). Between 1991 and 2008 he tried various other things, including being a Yogi, inventing software for handicapped pianists to record without the use of their fingers (Yamaha-“Musical Sculpting” 2001), establishing an experimental children’s music literacy program with computers (Lenox Mass.-PianoKids 2002-2009), and creating a math and music curriculum (“PianoMath” 2007).
Over his long and unfocused career Taussig produced 14 films, an opera, an oratorio, a requiem, 3 concertos, 2 symphonies, and a single daughter. Except for the daughter, none of these have seen the light of day. Things are starting to change though. In 2011 his ballet “Dubious Memories” was premiered in New York by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, his book “The Atheist’s Guide to Miracles” as well as a photographic book “Bark: The Secret Lives of Trees” were published in 2012, and a collection of poems “Rhymes Lost to Reason” have just been published in 2013.
Taussig lives in Lenox, Massachusetts with his wife Kathryn.
Additional self-aggrandizing information is available online at www.petertaussig.com