Bowerbird

1/3: Margaret Leng Tan, performer, Cage: Beyond Silence. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.
2/3: Dan Blacksberg, performer, Cage: Beyond Silence. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.
3/3: American Sublime. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.” Presenting performances in intimate spaces at little to no cost in order to increase public access, Bowerbird showcases experimental forms of music, dance, and film. This melding of forms was evident in a Center-supported project that brought choreographer Xavier Le Roy’s More Mouvements für Lachenmann (scored to a composition by Helmut Lachenmann, performed live by Klangforum Wien) to Philadelphia at the 2011 Fringe Festival. In 2011–12, with Center support, Bowerbird presented Cage: Beyond Silence, a festival of John Cage’s major musical compositions, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Center-funded exhibition Dancing Around the Bride. In 2015, the Center awarded a Discovery grant to Bowerbird to explore the possibility of presenting the work of African American composer Julius Eastman (1940–90). This research informed That Which Is Fundamental, the first multi-concert retrospective of Eastman’s work.


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Grants & Grantees

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, photographer Emmet Gowin shows his work at the Morgan Library and Museum, and jazz pianist Matt Mitchell and choreographer Susan Rethorst are awarded Doris Duke Impact Awards. Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma will pay tribute to the late Ornette Coleman, and visual performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace gives an interview on the evolution of her practice.

Free jazz artists William Parker and Muhammad Ali will perform over four nights at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, with guest Philadelphia musicians Dave Burrell, Marshall Allen, Bobby Zankel, and Odean Pope.

Grants & Grantees

Jan Krzywicki is a composer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 by collaborating with contemporary choreographer Mark Morris on an original Center-funded dance piece.

Grants & Grantees

Headlong Dance Theater produced Improvisation Lab, an interdisciplinary movement project that involved choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and Dan Rothenberg of Pig Iron Theatre Company.

Bryn Mawr College’s retrospective introduced local audiences to Rethorst’s work and featured a series of public events, all of which provided unique windows into Rethorst’s methodology.

Bryn Mawr College presents an open studio lecture and demonstration with Trisha Brown Dance Company members, Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, and choreographer Stephen Petronio

In 2001, saxophonist and Pew Fellow Bobby Zankel founded the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, a big band to perform his compositions and arrangements.

Grants & Grantees

Leah Stein, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and composer Pauline Oliveros collaborated on a new music and dance work.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Peter Manuel is an ethnomusicologist and professor of music at John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center.

The library that Benjamin Franklin founded—one of the first in the country—is the only University of Pennsylvania institution to have been in continuous operation since 1750.