October 18th


Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

International Ensemble N_JP (featuring Sho master Ko Ishikawa and live electronics from Toshimaru Nakamura) will give the Philadelphia premiere of new works by composer and director Gene Coleman. The program includes his new music and film piece "Sendai Transmissions" and "Bairo", a new work made in collaboration with contemporary Indian choreographer Shaily Dadiala.


Sendai Transmissions (2013)
For Ensemble, Electronics and Video Projections

Sendai Transmissions is a music and film composition based on the architecture of the Sendai Mediatheque, a building designed by Toyo Ito. The work incorporates video projections of architecture and text with new and traditional Japanese music. Sendai Transmissions takes interdisciplinary practice in new directions, using Ito's building as a "text" to create an experience that blurs the lines between architecture, music, and cinema. The piece features cinematography by Ryutaro Hakamata, Gene Coleman and Nick Lerman and vVideo Animation sequences by Chris Landau.

Ensemble N_JP:
Ko Ishikawa (sho)
Naomi Sato (sho)
Naoko Kikuchi (koto)
Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto)
Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello)
Hikaru Tamaki (cello)
Nick Millevoi (e-guitar)
Toshimaru Nakamura (live electronics)
Adam Vidiksis (conductor)


Bairo (2013)
For Ensemble, Electronics and Dancer

Created in collaboration with choreographer Shaily Dadiala as part of their large scale project about the history of Buddhism called "The Buddha's Dance from Lumbini"

Ensemble N_JP:
Ko Ishikawa (sho)
Naoko Kikuchi (koto)
Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello)
Adam Vidiksis (percussion)
Michael McDermott (recorded sounds)
Shaily Dadiala (choreography and live dance performance)
Gene Coleman (composer and conductor)

"Sendai Transmissions" was commissioned by Chamber Music America and The Graham Foundation. "Bairo" work was created with support from Community Partners, a program of the American Composer's Forum Philadelphia Chapter, with funds from the William Penn Foundation.


Gene Coleman is a composer and director. He is the recipient of the 2013 Berlin Prize in Music Composition and has created over 70 compositions for various instrumentation and media. Since 2001, his work has focused on global culture and music's relationships with architecture, video, and dance. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with experimental filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Ernie Gehr, and composer Robert Snyder. He has been a composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome (Fall 2011); Shofuso House in Philadelphia (2009); Westwerk in Hamburg (2007); Taipei Artists Village (2007); Irtijal Festival in Beirut (2005); Takefu Music Festival (2002); and in Tokyo (Japan–US Fellowship (2001). Many international organizations have commissioned and presented his music and film work, including: Konzerthaus Wien; the Japan Society NY; the Ernst von Siemens Foundation; Chamber Music America; Phace Contemporary Music; I-House Philadelphia; MoMA; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Crossing; Klangforum Wien; Network for New Music; The Maerzmusik Festival; the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and many others.

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.


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