“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.
Terrence Cameron is a musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
Mendelssohn Club Artistic Director Alan Harler and a panel of experts will lead a discussion on Mendelssohn’s editing choices in considering Bach’s original score.
The Painted Bride commissioned composer, bandleader, and jazz drummer John Hollenbeck to create and perform a new work with his Large Ensemble.
For Shelf Life, the Center invited artists, curators, and designers to use the books in our library for curated displays on subjects of their choosing.
Swarthmore College presents the North American premiere of Chopin Without Piano, featuring an interpretive theatrical and musical piece that will reveal new insights into Fryderyk Chopin as both a historical figure and a masterful composer.
James Primosch is a composer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Throughout Dancing around the Bride’s run at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the exhibition received media attention from a number of publications.
Cheng-Chieh Yu began her performing career with Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan. She is an associate professor in UCLA’s department of world arts and cultures/dance.
This month in Fellows Friday News: Alex Da Corte receives major media attention for his Easternsports collaboration at the ICA, Matt Saunders and Bhob Rainey are praised for set and sound design for The Adults, and much more.
Carnatic musician and composer Kiranavali Vidyasankar talks with us about continuing her family’s musical legacy, the role of tradition in her artistic practice, and more.
Kendall’s poetic cinematic voice permeates his experimental documentary films that reflect on, as he says, “the everyday conditions of our everyday lives” in ways that bring together the physical, sensuous and perceptual with the intellectual.
The Preservation Alliance promotes the importance and appropriate use of historic buildings and landscapes in the Philadelphia region.