John King

John King is a composer, guitarist, and violist. He has received commissions from diverse groups including the Kronos Quartet, Red {an orchestra}, Ethel, the Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mannheim Ballet, the New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC). His string quartets have also been performed by the Eclipse Quartet (Los Angeles) and the Mondriaan Quartet (Amsterdam). His quartet, Crucible, has premiered many of his compositions at New York City venues the Stone and the Kitchen. King has written three operas: herzstück/heartpiece, based on the text of Heiner Müller and co-written with Krzysztof Knittel, premiered at the 1999 Warsaw Autumn Festival; la belle captive, based on texts by Alain Robbe-Grillet, premiered at Teatro Colon/CETC in Buenos Aires in 2003; and Dice Thrown, based on the Stéphane Mallarmé poem, was presented at CalArts in 2010. King also has three recent CD releases of music for string quartet: 10 Mysteries and AllSteel (Tzadik); and Ethel (Cantaloupe). He was music curator at the Kitchen from 1999–2003 and from 2002–11 was a co-director of the music committee at MCDC. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music. He was a Center panelist for Pew Fellowships in 2013.

References

An array of imaginative public installations and creative community programs led by local artists and historians introduced audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile Philadelphia Rail Park, and culminated in a summer 2016 installment of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s popular Pop Up Garden.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow Lori Waselchuk’s photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans and the hospice at Angola Prison in Louisiana bring us into intimate contact with complex subjects.

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.

Grants & Grantees

Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity.

Saxophonist and Pew Fellow Matthew Levy on what motivates his multi-faceted practice as a musician, composer, and commissioner/producer of new music, his daily art-making routine, and more.

Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series presented a month of free events to expand audience’s knowledge of Cambodian dance, music, and culture that culminated in a performance of The Lives of Giants by the Khmer Arts Ensemble.

Playwright and Pew Fellow James Ijames talks about how history influences his work, the importance of failure, and more.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Eungie Joo is the director of art and cultural programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil, a contemporary art complex.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jane Golden is the founder and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Grants & Grantees

In 1997 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

In 2001 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.