Bowerbird is pleased to present a concert of Gene Coleman’s album Exploratorium. Focused on his recent compositions based on models from auditory neuroscience the album includes Coleman’s 2nd string quartet, three works for voices and electronics and a new work for a large ensemble titled “Across Time (Transonic Symphony #1)”.
Members of the Transonic Orchestra:
Naoko Kikuchi (koto, voice and shamisen)
Adam Vidiksis (live electronics and neuro technologies)
Nick Millevoi (electric guitar)
Kinan Abou-afach (cello)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gene Coleman is a composer, musician and video director, who has created over 70 works for various instrumentation and media. Central to his work is the inventive use of sound, image and time, and the desire to create experiences that expand our understanding of the world. Since 2001 he has explored the global transformation of culture and music’s relationship with video, science and architecture. He began composing and performing both composed and improvised music in the late 1980s; founded the groups Ensemble Noamnesia, Ensemble N_JP, and Transonic Orchestra; was artistic director of the Transonic festival at the House of World Cultures (Berlin), Director of the American Composers Forum (Philadelphia), artistic director of the Public Art festival Site/Sound (Philadelphia) and a Creative Arts Fellow of the US Japan Friendship Commission. He has an extensive discography of both composed and improvised music, including the False Walls CD Storobo Imp. with Uchihashi Kazuhisa (2004). Since 2016, his works have explored the concepts of Neuro Music and audiovisual composition based on Neuroscience. Gene is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and received the 2013 Berlin Prize for Music from the American Academy in Berlin.
This program is supported in part by