Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015). Alto saxophonist and composer.
Every Halloween, artist Shawn Freeny carves a pumpkin in the likeness of a musician who died since the previous Halloween. Freeny’s tradition began back in 2008 with German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Each pumpkin is lovingly carved in a 3D-style.
“Like those represented, the jack-o-lanterns soon decay and disappear, but the artifacts remain,” writes Freeny.
He hasn’t posted his 2016 carving yet. As you know, 2016 was a terribly depressing year for musical geniuses dying. He may have to make an exception this year and carve more than one. How could he possibly choose just one?
Too see the rest of Shawn Freeny’s “Memorial Jack-o-lanterns,” you can visit his site here.
Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014). Folk singer and songwriter.
Ravi Shankar (April 17, 1920 – December 11, 2012). Indian sitar virtuoso and composer.
Adam Yauch (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012). MCA of The Beastie Boys, rapper, bassist, activist.
Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart (January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010). Songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, and rock innovator.
Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010). Heavy metal vocalist.