2020 Series/Volume





First published April 5, 2020
Last updated January 6, 2021





We salute the following from the world of culture and the arts who succumbed to COVID-19 along with 1,869,808+ others in our planet





Liu Shouxiang (China)
watercolor painter and fine arts professor
(April 1958 - February 13, 2020 in Wuhan)

Liu Shouxiang. Still Life III. 2018. watercolor

(photo from thestandnews.com/art/)



Marcelo Peralta (Argentina)
saxophonist and free improvisation teacher
(March 5, 1961 - March 10, 2020 in Madrid, Spain)

Marcelo Peralta on tenor saxophone, featuring César Franov (bass) and Enrique Norris (trumpet) - "Milonga de los 500" (Norris), from Peralta's 1997 album "Milonga"

Elegant People (Marcelo Peralta, Sacri Delfino, Héctor Rojo) in Repertorio on Solidaria TV, Madrid, 29 January 2018 - "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Cole Porter)



Vittorio Gregotti (Italy)
architect and key figure in architectural phenomenology
(August 10, 1927 - March 15, 2020 in Milan)

Vittorio Gregotti's Grand Théâtre de Provence (opened 2007), Aix-en-Provence, France

(photo from dezeen.com)



Sergio Bassi (Italy)
folk rock singer-songwriter
(1951 - March 16, 2020 in Crema)

Sergio Bassi - "Milano Si Sente N.Y." (Milan Feels Like New York, from Una zolla di terra [A clod of earth], 2017)



Jean Leber (France)
violinist, violin teacher and conductor
(1939 - March 18, 2020)

Jean Leber - Kaija Saariaho's Nocturne. [Uploaded by Gustave Leber, 5 Apr 2020]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313: III. Rondo. Tempo di menuetto - Jean Louis Beaumadier on flute, Francette Bartholomée on harp, with Jean Leber conducting the Ensemble Orchestral de Marseille. Recording released 12 February 2015 by Arpège. [Uploaded by Jean Louis Beaumadier, 2015]



Henri Richelet (France)
(June 16, 1944 - March 18, 2020 in Paris)

Henri Richelet, Dernier outrage (Last outrage), no date, oil on canvas, 32" x 40"

(photo from http://mssa.cl/obras/dernier-outrage/)



Aurlus Mabélé (Republic of the Congo)
singer, musician and composer (commonly referred to as the "King of Soukous")
(October 26, 1953 - March 19, 2020 in Paris, France)

Aurlus Mabélé featuring Loketo - official music video for "Liste Rouge" (Red List, from the album Embargo)



Germà Colón (Spain)
philologist specializing in the Romance languages and Catalan lexicology
(November 30, 1928 - March 22, 2020 in Barcelona)

At the fifteenth anniversary of the Germà Colón Foundation, 2018



Mike Longo (United States)
jazz pianist, composer and author
(March 19, 1937 - March 22, 2020 in New York City)

Mike Longo (who plays his solo at 5:35) with Dizzy Gillespie and the Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Band live in Copenhagen, 1968 - "Ding-a-Ling" (Longo)



Maurice Berger (United States)
art critic, curator, cultural historian and professor
(May 22, 1956 - March 23, 2020 in Craryville, New York)

The 34th International Center of Photography Infinity Awards lecture by Maurice Berger



Wilson Villa (Ecuador)
singer and songwriter
(1963 - March 23, 2020 in Quito)

Roberth and Wilson Villa performing at the Alegría en el Corazón de Ibarra (Joy in the Heart of Ibarra) Festival. (Video uploaded by Alegría en el corazón de Ibarra FEST., 18 November 2019]



Lucia Bosè (Italy)
actress at the height of Italian Neorealism
(January 28, 1931 - March 23, 2020 in Segovia, Spain)

Lucia Bose, her most beautiful interpretations by The sun 24 hours on YouTube



Paul Karslake (United Kingdom)
artist (primarily portrait painter)
(1958 - March 23, 2020)

Paul Karslake, Dudley Moore & Peter Cook, painting, 36" x 24". [Photo from cheshireartgallery.co.uk]



Calogero Rizzuto (Italy)
historic preservationist
(January 20, 1955 - March 23, 2020 in Syracuse, Sicily)

Calogero Rizzuto. [Photo from ifattisiracusa.it]



Lucien Sève (France)
philosopher and political activist
(December 9, 1926 - March 23, 2020 in Clamart)

Lucien Sève. [Photo from pressegauche.org]



Júlia Sigmond (Romania, Hungary)
puppeteer and Esperanto writer-editor
(July 11, 1929 - March 23, 2020 in Piacenza, Italy)

A page from Libazar' kaj tero (Libazar and the land, written by Júlia Sigmond with her husband Sen Rodin, 2013, Mondial, New York)



Nashom Wooden (United States)
drag queen, performer and electronic dance music artist
(1969 - March 23, 2020 in New York City)

Know Your gAy-B-Cs, interview with Nashom Wooden, care of misssherryvine on YouTube



Manu Dibango (Cameroon)
saxophonist, vibraphonist and songwriter
(December 12, 1933 - March 24, 2020 in Melun, France)

Manu Dibango (entering at 10:00) live at the Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen, Germany, 9 March 2018



Terrence McNally (United States)
playwright, librettist and screenwriter
(November 3, 1938 - March 24, 2020 in Sarasota)

Terrence McNally at the 2019 Tony Awards to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award



Jenny Polanco (Dominican Republic)
fashion designer
(January 18, 1958 - March 24, 2020 in Santo Domingo)

Jenny Polanco at Miami Fashion Week 2019



Mark Blum (United States)
(May 14, 1950 - March 25, 2020 in New York City)

Mark Blum speaking about what HB Studio's Hagen Core Training provides students


Mark Blum with Laurie Metcalf in a clip from Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)



Floyd Cardoz (United States)
chef and television personality
(October 2, 1960 - March 25, 2020 in Montclair, New Jersey)

Floyd Cardoz on the The Dish segment of CBS This Morning, 4 November 2017



Martinho Lutero Galati (Brazil)
(September 29, 1953 - March 25, 2020 in São Paulo)

Martinho Lutero Galati during a rehearsal of Didone, one of the choirs of the Milan-based Cantosospeso Association



Paul Goma (Romania)
political dissident, fiction writer and essayist
(October 2, 1935 - March 25, 2020 in Paris, France)

Photo of the writer from libertatea.ro/stiri/



Detto Mariano (Italy)
musician, composer, arranger, lyricist, record producer and music publisher
(July 27, 1937 - March 25, 2020 in Milan)

Detto Mariano's "Theme" from La casa stregata (1982)



María Araujo (Spain)
costume designer
(1950 - March 25, 2020 in Barcelona)

María Araujo. [Photo from archyde.com]



Menggie Cobarrubias (Philippines)
(August 10, 1953 - March 26, 2020 in Manila)

Menggie Cobarrubias in Kung paano hinihintay ang dapithapon (2018)

[photo from imdb.com]



Ito Curata (Philippines)
fashion designer
(November 2, 1959 - March 26, 2020 in Muntinlupa)

A charity fashion gala segment featuring Ito Curata's clothes modeled by five Filipino beauty queens. [Video by Filipino Vines Originals, uploaded June 2019]



Olle Holmquist (Sweden)
(November 15, 1936 - March 26, 2020)

Olle Holmquist plays solo (at 1:44) on "Frank's Theme (Sweet Lucy)" with the James Last Orchestra, the Waldbühne, Berlin, 1982



Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma (Spain)
political sociologist and socialist activist
(July 28, 1933 - March 26, 2020 in Paris, France)

Photo from elitereaders.com



Naomi Munakata (Brazil)
(May 31, 1955 - March 26, 2020 in São Paulo)

The Paulistano Choir under Naomi Munakata at the 2018 All Souls' Day special presentation, São Bento Monastery - Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in D minor



Luigi Roni (Italy)
opera singer
(February 22, 1942 - March 26, 2020 in Lucca)

Luigi Roni as Oroveso sings "Ite sul colle, o druidi" from Vincenzo Bellini's Norma (with Montserrat Caballé as Norma, Carlo Cossutta as Pollione, and Fiorenza Cossotto as Adalgisa), Ricardo Muti conducting the Wiener Staatsoper, Wien, 1977



Michael Sorkin (United States)
architect, urban planner, urban designer, urbanist and critic
(August 2, 1948 - March 26, 2020 in New York City)

Michael Sorkin interviewed on City Talk on CUNY TV, June 2010



Daniel Azulay (Brazil)
comic book artist, visual artist and educator
(May 30, 1947 - March 27, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro)

Daniel Azulay in one of his online drawing videos for children (from his former website Diboo), 2016



Ruben Melogno (Uruguay)
(December 2, 1945 - March 27, 2020 in Madrid, Spain)

Ruben Melogno with Zöel Farrugia on drums, Adrian Melogno on bass, Christian Cary on guitar, Luis Alderotti on keyboards and backup singer Sarah Campbell in a performance of "Vuela a Mi Galaxia" (Fly to My Galaxy), 18 December 2009, Sala Zitarrosa, Montevideo, Uruguay. [Video uploaded by Aldo Santullo, 28 March 2020]



Michael McKinnell (United States)
(December 25, 1935 - March 27, 2020 in Rockport, Massachusetts)

A Peek Inside Concrete City Hall, the City of Boston's tour video of the brutalist Boston City Hall co-designed by Michael McKinnell



Kerstin Behrendtz (Sweden)
radio presenter, director of music for Sveriges Radio and member of the selection committee for the Swedish Music Hall of Fame
(August 18, 1950 - March 28, 2020 in Stockholm)

Kerstin Behrendtz. [Photo from sverigesradio.se]



William B. Helmreich (United States)
(August 25, 1945 - March 28, 2020 in Great Neck, New York)

William Helmreich interviewed about his book The New York Nobody Knows in a CBS Sunday Morning segment, 2016



Denise Millet (France)
illustrator and comic book artist
(May 15, 1933 - March 28, 2020 in Paris)

A selection of books and comic books illustrated by husband-and-wife team Claude and Denise Millet. [Photo from livreshebdo.fr]



Michel Tibon-Cornillot (France)
philosopher specializing in the philosophy of science, particularly the fields of complexity and chaos theory
(? - March 28, 2020 in Paris)

the cover of The Triumph of Bacteria: The End of Antibiotics? (2006) by Michel Tibon-Cornillot with Antoine Andremont



William Wolf (United States)
theater and film critic
(1925 - March 28, 2020 in New York City)

William Wolf talks about his favorite films at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival



Beryl Bernay (United States)
stage and television actress, photographer, writer, children's TV show creator and host, journalist and painter
(March 2, 1926 - March 29, 2020 in New York City)

select photos from Bernay's life. [Uploaded 19 April 2020]



Joe Diffie (United States)
neotraditional country music singer
(December 28, 1958 - March 29, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee)

Top tracks for Joe Diffie on Spotify



Alan Merrill (United States)
rock music vocalist, bass guitarist and songwriter, notably for the British pop rock / glam rock band Arrows
(February 19, 1951 - March 29, 2020 in New York City)

"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" | Alan Merrill talks on the The Story Behind the Song segment of the show Top 2000 a gogo on NPO 3. [Video uploaded 21 September 2018]



Ken Shimura (Japan)
(February 20, 1950 - March 29, 2020 in Tokyo)

Ken Shimura and Leslie Nielsen. [Uploaded by Rayvekj, 2019]



Lorena Borjas (United States)
transgender/immigrant rights activist
(May 29, 1960 - March 30, 2020 in New York City)

Queens Stories: The Story of Lorena Borjas by QPTV.org. [Uploaded by Woman2WomanTV]



Hilary Dwyer (United Kingdom)
actress, talent agent and film producer
(May 6, 1945 - March 30, 2020)

Hilary Dwyer in a screenshot from Witchfinder General (1968, Tigon British Film Productions)



Julie Bennett (United States)
actress and voice actor
(January 24, 1932 - March 31, 2020 in Los Angeles)

Julie Bennett as Cindy Bear in Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964). [Uploaded by AliceChan1993, 2010]



Wilhelm Burmann (Germany)
ballet master/teacher and dancer
(April 3, 1939 - March 30, 2020 in New York City)

Wilhelm Burmann at Steps on Broadway, 2017

Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca rehearse L'Ombre by Pierre Lacotte with ballet master Burmann, 1993



Andrew Jack (United Kingdom)
actor and dialect coach
(January 28, 1944 - March 31, 2020 in Surrey)

Andrew Jack: Dialect Coach. [Uploaded by andrwejack, 2009]



Cristina (United States)
no wave / synthpop singer and writer
(January 2, 1959 - March 31, 2020 in New York City)

Cristina - music video for "Ticket to the Tropics" (1984). [Uploaded by Rubellan Videos, 2014]



Wallace Roney (United States)
hard bop and post-bop jazz trumpeter
(May 25, 1960 - March 31, 2020 in Paterson, New Jersey)

Wallace Roney with the Wallace Roney Quintet at the Catania Jazz Festival, 20 October 2015



Turhan Kaya (Turkey)
theater, film and television actor
(November 30, 1951 - March 31, 2020 in Kadıköy, Istanbul)

Turhan Kaya in Sahsiyet (Persona, 2018). [Photo grabbed from imdb.com]












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