Gene Colemans' Ensemble NJ_P

Gene Colemans' Ensemble NJ_P

An Ancillary Event of
The Month of Moderns 2013: The Gulf (between you and me)
presented by The Crossing

We offer a look into the expansive, creative mind of Philadelphia composer Gene Coleman (whose new work for The Crossing will be premiered June 15), through a performance of Gene’s brainchild, Ensemble N_JP, featuring Japanese musicians on traditional instruments, focused around the unique art of internationally-acclaimed Toshimaru Nakamura whose engaging soundscapes are created through a no-input mixing board. From Berlin to Tokyo to Chicago and now in Philadelphia, convention meets experiment as Ensemble N_JP explores connections between contemporary and traditional forms of art.

Gene Coleman is a composer, musician and director. Winner of the 2013 Berlin Prize for Music, he has created over 70 works for various instrumentation and media. Innovative use of sound, image, space and time allows Coleman to create work that expands our understanding of the world. Since 2001 his work has focused on the global transformation of culture and music’s relationship with other media, such as architecture, video and dance. He studied painting, music and film making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where his principle teachers included legendary experimental film artists Stan Brakhage and Ernie Gehr, as well as Robert Snyder (music) and Barbara Rossi (painting).

Coleman formed Ensemble N_JP in 2001 as a vehicle for his on going work with musicians from Japan. Through concert programs, multimedia works and educational projects, the group explores connections between contemporary and traditional forms of art. N_JP is made up of musicians who work with Coleman on a project-by-project basis. It unites outstanding Japanese musicians from the traditional, experimental and contemporary classical music communities, along with artists from Europe and the USA. Ensemble N_JP has performed in a number of important festivals and venues since it’s inception, these include the I-House of Tokyo, Pitt Inn Shinjuku, Kidailack Art House (Tokyo), The House of World Cultures Berlin, The Dresden Society Theater, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Forest College, The Chicago World Music Festival, The I-House Philadelphia, The Blurred Edges Festival in Hamburg, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, The Japan Society NY, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The group’s members include:
*Gene COLEMAN (composer, founder and artistic director)
*Rei HOTODA (conductor and assistant artistic director)
*Ko ISHIKAWA (sho {bamboo mouth organ})
*Naomi SATO (sho)
*Aya MOTOHASHI (hichiriki {bamboo oboe})
*Sasamoto TAKESHI (ryuteki {bamboo flute})
*Yumiko TANAKA (shamisen {Japanese banjo})
*Yoko NISHI (koto {Japanese zither})
*Toshimaru NAKAMURA (no input mixing board)
*Kazuhisa UCHIHASHI (guitar and daxophone)

Major support has been provided by
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage



Discounted $8 tickets for IHP Members are available by phone or in person

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