Primous Fountain was raised up in Chicago Southside Ida B. Wells Housing Project. He is self-taught composer. He first started composing in his first year high school. The year he graduated from high school Earl Calloway, the long time the Art Editor of Chicago Defender newspaper, took Fountain along for his interview of famed producer, composer, impresario Quincy Jones. During this interview, Jones took time, in silence sitting in a cusihion chair of his hotel suite studying the orchestra manuscript that this/the young composer in his teens brought along.
Jones immediately became Fountain’s patron and mentor. Shortly afterward the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the first performance of the “Magnifistation” when the composer was twenty years old. After this Gunhter Schuller, the famed conductor and composer, became an early strong supporter, conducting many premieres of this young composer’s works. The choreographer Alvin Ailey had invited the young composer to compose a work him to choreograph a ballet to, though this did not develop there was much communicate between Alvin Ailey and Fountain. However, it was Arthur Mitchell, founder and director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, who choreographed the ballet “Manifestations” to the orchestra work, which became the signature ballet for this world renowned ballet company Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Quincy Jones years later commissioned Fountain to compose the Second Symphony. Years earlier, the pianist Herbie Hancock had played a tape of an orchestra work of Fountain for Miles Davis. Davis like the music so much that he invited Fountain as his week long guest at his performances in Boston, saying then to Fountain, “I want to take it (the orchestra music) to Columbia record company!”
These images were taken of the National Symphony Orchestra of Teleradio Moldova in Romania, performing for Bucharest Radio Broadcast and Concert.