“In improvisation I try to think less and experience more. The primary experience for me is listening. Then, I want to respond quickly, honestly, playfully, and intuitively.”
Charles Cohen (b. 1945) has been characterized as a “special and singular musician” with a highly developed and refined voice. His music is entirely improvisational, produced solely on a vintage Buchla Music Easel synthesizer, a rare analog instrument designed in the early 1970s. Cohen has been playing his self-described “beeps and boops” since he first acquired a Buchla Music Easel in 1976, one of only 25 ever produced, and remains committed to exploring its unique qualities. He has studied with musical mavericks such as accordionist and electronic composer Pauline Oliveros and jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, and is dedicated to the art of abstract improvisation, seeking out collaborations with fellow musicians who share his love of spontaneous creation during live performance. “In improvisation I try to think less and experience more,” says Cohen. “I consider each performance as an instance of my collaborative improvisation practice, which has spanned over 30 years.”
Cohen has performed regularly in Philadelphia for nearly four decades. For most of his career he has eschewed distributing recordings of his music in order to focus deeply on live performance. However, after receiving the Pew Fellowship, Cohen was invited by Morphine Records in Berlin to work on a complete retrospective of his recordings from the 1970s through the ’90s, in vinyl and CD formats, with biographical information, pictures, and liner notes. This retrospective was released in late 2013.
Sruti, The India Music and Dance Society presents the world premiere of Saayujya (The Merging), featuring two of India’s preeminent artists, bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna (TMK).
Relâche is a new music ensemble whose unique sound includes flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, piano, percussion, viola, and bass.
Mufulu Kingambo Gilonda is a dance artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
American Impresario explores the careers and contributions of leading music curators throughout the country whose creative works have profoundly influenced the field.
Pew Fellow Nami Yamamoto’s cut-paper installations reflect the hundreds of natural and man-made objects she consistently collects, serving as visual resources and inspirations for her practice.
The Kimmel Center presented a four-day program with Black Grace, all-male dance ensemble known for fusing traditional Pacific cultures with contemporary dance.
“What is an author?” It is a question the composer George Lewis asks, via Foucault, in his keynote essay for our Questions of Practice series on co-authorship in artistic practice.
A series of performances, lectures, and workshops that investigate the concept of “musical color,” including a performance with Grammy-award winning ensemble Partch.
Conductor Mark Shapiro is music director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony, and artistic director of Cantori New York and the Monmouth Civic Chorus.
This timely, interdisciplinary, experimental series of dance, music, poetry, mixed media installations, and interactive programs—from acclaimed artists and scholars such as choreographer taisha paggett, designer Raul de Nieves, and composer George Lewis—will invite audiences to consider African American performance aesthetics and the role of performance in museum spaces.
Michael Djupstrom premieres a new piano quintet at the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Beth Kephart and Caroline Lathan-Stiefel display works at the Philadelphia International Airport, and The New York Times reviews Chris Forsyth’s new album.
Established in 2004, Jazz Bridge is a hybrid nonprofit organization joining performance presentation with professional support services for regional jazz and blues artists.