JAMES M. BRODY James M. Brody of Espanola, NM, formerly of New Cumberland, Baltimore, and San Antonio, TX, died as a result of a car accident on Sunday, April 11, 2010 in Roseville, MN. He was born July 13, 1941 in Clearfield, PA. He was the son of the late William and Virginia Brody of Harrisburg, PA. He studied music composition with Iannis Xenakis and Franz Kamin at Indiana University, where he received a master's degree. "An important figure in the development of electronic music in the Midwest," according to the American Music Center, Brody wrote the liner notes for the original Nonesuch LP of 'Iannis Xenakis - Electroacoustic Music'. He was co-founder of organizations in Bloomington, IN and San Antonio, TX, dedicated to presenting and performing works by local composers. In 1970 he taught composition, theory and electronic music at East Texas State University. Brody composed many electroacoustic and instrumental works, including a performance in 1994 of "Traces", commissioned and performed by the Harrisburg Symphony. He also served on the Harrisburg Symphony's Board of Directors. Brody was a guest composer at the Electronic and Computer Music Studio of The Peabody Institute and an active member and past president of the Baltimore Composers Forum. Based on the Hopi story of creation, his large-scale work "Techqua Ikachi!" was premiered at York College of Pennsylvania in 2004, where he was a lecturer from 2005-2007. Most recently he hosted a radio program on WKUNM-FM in Santa Fe called "Other Voices, Other Sounds." He was on a team to organize the music program for the Santa Fe Complex, where he recently participated in a program called "The Improvising Composer." Sufism was an essential and passionate part of his life and led him to meet and study with many spiritual teachers and their communities around the world, most closely with Pir Vilayat Khan and Reshad Feild. Brody is survived by his wife, Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa and her children: I. Gurushabad Singh Khalsa, of Philadelphia and Lakshmi Kaur Khalsa of Santa Cruz, NM; son David Brody and his wife Amy of Westminster MD; daughter Sophia Brody; granddaughter Laurelin of Corpus Christi, TX; brother Tom Brody and his wife Judy of Washington, D.C.; sister Ellen Hughes and her husband Nicholas of Mechanicsburg, PA; and many loving family members, friends and colleagues. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Santa Fe Complex. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Santa Fe Complex, 624 Agua Fria St., Santa Fe, NM, 87501; the Chalice Guild-Living School, 1807 Second St. #73, Santa Fe, NM; the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings, PO Box 1819, Santa Cruz, NM 87567; or to a charity of the donor's choosing.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 15, 2010.