Bill Douglas was born in Canada, November 7, 1944. His father played the trombone and sang in one of the orchestras, and his mother played the organ in church. The first musical experience was Bill'a create groups in which he and the other kids used toy instruments. He learned to play the piano, as well as seven-string guitar and four-stringed ukulele - ukelele. In eight years, Bill began writing songs influenced by rock musicians such as: Little Richard and the Everly Brothers. He, along with his two brothers created the group in which they played the tunes, as well as many other well-known rock songs and compositions of the 50s.
At thirteen, Douglas began to play the bassoon, he has a great interest in classical music and jazz. At this time, he decided to choose a career as a musician. His favorite jazz musicians were: Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. At fourteen, he wrote his first jazz composition. At seventeen, Bill Douglas received his "Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto".
From 1962 to 1966 Bill Douglas studied music at the University of Toronto and received a bachelor's degree. All this time, he was deeply interested in classical music of the 20th century and wrote compositions influenced by composers such as: Anton Webern, Elliott Carter, Igor Stravinsky, as well as modern jazz composers, such as: Paul Bley and Gary Peacock. He played the trombone in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and on weekends he played jazz piano in clubs.
In 1966 - 69 years Bill attended Yale University. At that time, he met with clarinetist Richard'om Stoltzman'om, they travel a lot, and since then many of the composition they recorded together. In 1967, Bill, along with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra made three concerts. He received his Master of Music in 1968 for playing the bassoon and the title of Master of Musical Arts in composition in 1969. During this time he began to write very avant-garde atonal music.
In 1970 - 77 years Bill taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. While he had a strong interest in African and Indian music. He began writing a series of rhythms for its students, who are called rock etudes (he later called them Vocal Rhythm Etudes). This was written under the influence of African, Indian, Brazilian music, and contemporary classical music, jazz and funk (especially the creators of funk 70s Miles'a Davis'a and Herbie Hancock'a). Such studies have been used in many schools in North America, and sometimes Bill used them in his concerts. In 1976, Bill Douglas writes three Ar-Si-Yo album with classical chamber music with pianist Peter Serkin and Tashi.
In 1977, he moved to Colorado, where he began teaching at Naropa Institute. Bill continued to teach at the institute and went with Richard'om Stoltzman'om and his other groups. In addition to Richard's, he also often played with bassist Eddie Gomez'om. Some of the students from Cal Arts Bill'a moved with him. They created the Boulder Bassoon Band, which played for twenty years.
Bill Douglas has recorded seven albums on the Hearts of Space label. In 1998 came the release of the album, called "Open Sky: Richard Stoltzman plays the Music of Bill Douglas".
In neo-classical chamber music Bill'a less flute, cello and piano dominated, violin, clarinet and oboe - is somewhat more diverse, pleasing to the ear and very soothing music.
"A Place Called Morning" - ninth album Bill'a Douglas'a, published Hearts Of Space, all his previous discs have become bestsellers. Would like to mention a great cover design (both outside and inside) and most of the CD. The album can be recommended to all, without exception, to fans of the New Age, as well as students who prefer classical music.
Do Bill'a Douglas'a wonderful family: wife Caroline and children - Catherine and Willy.
Music Bill'a Douglas'a, written under the influence of composers such as: Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Josquin Desprez, William Byrd, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Ali Akbar Khan, as well as many other true kings of music.