Local filmmaker, composer and now Director of the American Composers Forum (Philadelphia Chapter) Gene Coleman presents two days of diverse and distinctive programming that blend concert, video and lecture in Philadelphia. These events, held on November 5th and 6th respectively, are part of a larger endeavor with The Algo.Institute called The Algo Project, an ongoing “platform for dialog and creative production between the arts, science and technology.” Coleman has dedicated considerable energy toward the expression of this intersection in his prolific career, and from a filmmaking standpoint has forged one of the more distinctive and challenging visual/aural languages through works like Spiral Network and Sendai Transmissions (which I reviewed as a favorite film of 2014).
The first program takes place on Sunday, November 5th at 3:00 PM at Drexel University’s URBN Center Black Box Theater (3401 Filbert Street, Philadelphia). “The first portion features Miya Masaoka (composer and director of the Sound Art program at Columbia University), Michael O’Bryan (musician, educator and activist) and Gene Coleman (composer and director), each giving short talks about how science has influenced their work.”
During the second portion Miya Masaoka will give a solo performance featuring mono chord + laptop. Ensemble N_JP – a group Gene Coleman formed in 2001 to unite Japanese, American and European musicians under a platform of experimentation and collaborative exploration of technological and cultural evolution – will perform recent work by Coleman based on Auditory Neurological Architecture. This includes two music video works from his media opera Dreamlives of Debris featuring Sansuzu Tsuruzawa (voice and shamisen) and Toshimaru Nakamura (electronics) and a performance of the cello solo The Geometry of Thinking. N_JP performers include Adam Vidiksis (conductor and electronics), Nick Millevoi (e-guitar), Dan Blacksberg (trombone), joined by bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood, cellist Jason Calloway, soprano Rebecca Meyers and tenor Steven Bradshaw.
On Monday, November 6th at 3:00 PM, the Penn Music Department (Lerner Bldg. #201 South 34th Street, Philadelphia) presents Gene Coleman and bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood in back-to-back talks about their work. Nicholas Isherwood will focus on his work in general, highlighting his many great collaborations with composers including work with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, George Crumb and Iannis Xenakis.
Gene Coleman’s talk will focus on his recent works modeled on Auditory Neurological Architecture (aka: The Auditory Pathway of the Brain), including his media opera “Dreamlives of Debris” and the cello solo “The Geometry of Thinking”.