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November 7, 2014
(friday)

NANO TO MACRO: MUSIC OF KIRIGAMI
Gene Coleman & Ensemble N_JP with special guests Duo Yumeno, Dr. Shu Yang, Dr. Randall Kamien and Jenny Sabin





@ Neighborhood House Theater
20 N. American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
8pm; $15, $12 students / artists

ABOUT THE EVENT
Bowerbird and Soundfield are pleased to present the world premiere of three new works by composer and director Gene Coleman. The evening opens with presentations by architect and artist Jenny Sabin and two leading scientists from the University of Pennsylvania (Dr. Shu Yang and Dr. Randall Kamien). Together they will provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of cutting edge nano-to-macro scale technologies based on a very surprising source: Kirigami - the traditional Japanese art of folded and cut paper.

The night will feature "Kirigami I", commissioned by Chamber Music America and inspired by research being done by Sabin/Yang/Kamien; a new version of "9 Chains..." a music/ video work that explores the work and ideas of Buckminster Fuller during his years in Philadelphia; and "Systole I", a music/video work featuring the Magnetic Resonance Piano developed at the Excite Center of Drexel University.

Performing on the night is Ensemble N_JP, a chamber group dedicated to exploring the connections between contemporary and traditional forms of music by uniting outstanding traditional, experimental and contemporary classical musicians from Japan and the US.

PROGRAM

Part 1:


Presentation by Dr. Shu Yang, Dr. Randall Kamien and Jenny Sabin on their NSF project, using Kirigami as the basis for nano-to-macro scale technologies.

Kirigami I (2014) by Gene Coleman
Commissioned by Duo Yumeno and Chamber Music America.

Duo Yumeno:
Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto)
Hikaru Tamaki (cello)

The commission of Kirigami has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

Part 2:


Systole I (2014) by Gene Coleman
Audio Visual Composition for Magnetic Resonance Piano, Sho, Cello, Live Electronics and Video Projections

Composed and Directed by Gene Coleman, with cinematography by Ryutaro Hakamata, video animation by Chris Landau and editing by Nick Lerman. The creation of Systole I has been made possible with support from The Excite Center at Drexel University.

Ensemble N_JP:
Amy Williams and Helena Bugallo (piano and magnetic resonance piano)
Naomi Sato (sho)
Tom Kraines (cello)
Toshimaru Nakamura (live electronics)
Adam Vidiksis (conductor and live electronics)


9 Chains... (new version 2014) by Gene Coleman
Audio Visual Composition for Ensemble, Live Electronics and Video Projections
Composed and Directed by Gene Coleman, with cinematography, photography and graphics by Nick Lerman and Gene Coleman, edited by Nick Lerman

Ensemble N_JP:
Naomi Sato (sho)
Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto)
Toshimaru Nakamura (live electronics)
Gene Coleman (bass clarinet)
Nick Millevoi (eletric guitar)
Hikaru Tamaki (cello)
Conducted by Adam Vidiksis


The commission of Kirigami has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Additional support has been provided by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Excite Center at Drexel University.

Gene Coleman is a composer, musician and director. He is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2013 Berlin Prize in Music Composition from The American Academy in Berlin. Since 2001 his work has focused on global culture and music's relationship 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 Robert Snyder for music. He was the William Penn Foundation composer in residence at the American Academy in Rome (Fall 2011) and has been composer in residence at Shofuso House (Philadelphia 2009), Westwerk (Hamburg, 2007), Taipei Artists Village (Fall 2007), Irtijal Festival (Beirut, 2005), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (2003-2004), Takefu Music Festival (Japan, 2002) and in Tokyo (2001 Japan-US Fellowship). Over the years he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and composers; from Jim O'Rourke and Otomo Yoshihide to Helmut Lachenmann and George Crumb. Many groups have commissioned his music and film work and presented it around the world, including Ensemble N_JP, Klangforum Wien, The Japan Society New York, The Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Chamber Music America, Network for New Music, The Graham Foundation, I-House Philadelphia, Tom Buckner, Phace Ensemble, The Museum of Modern Art, The Crossing, Maerzmusik Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival and others.

Ensemble N_JP Composer Gene Coleman formed Ensemble N_JP in 2001 as a vehicle for his on going work with musicians from Japan. Through concert programs, multimedia works and educational projects, the group explores connections between contemporary and traditional forms of art. N_JP is made up of musicians who work with Coleman on a project-by-project basis. It unites outstanding Japanese and US musicians from the traditional, experimental and contemporary classical music communities, along with guest artists from Europe. Ensemble N_JP has performed in a number of important festivals and venues since it’s inception, these include the I-House of Tokyo, Pitt Inn Shinjuku, Kidailack Art House (Tokyo), The House of World Cultures Berlin, The Dresden Society Theater, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Forest College, The Chicago World Music Festival, I-House Philadelphia, The Blurred Edges Festival in Hamburg, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, The Japan Society NY, University of Illinois Urbana, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, MaerzMusik Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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