Gene Coleman

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Gene Coleman
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Gene Coleman is a composer, musician, and director. He is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2013 Berlin Prize in Music Composition from The American Academy in Berlin. Since 2001, his work has focused on global culture and music's relationship with architecture, video, and dance. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with experimental filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Ernie Gehr, and sound artist Robert Snyder. He was the William Penn Foundation composer in residence at the American Academy in Rome (Fall 2011) and has been composer in residence at Shofuso House (Philadelphia 2009), Westwerk (Hamburg, 2007), Taipei Artists Village (2007), Irtijal Festival (Beirut, 2005), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin (2003–04), Takefu Music Festival (Japan, 2002), and in Tokyo (2001). Over the years he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and composers—from Jim O'Rourke and Otomo Yoshihide to Helmut Lachenmann and George Crumb. Many groups have commissioned his music and film work and presented it around the world, including Ensemble N_JP, Klangforum Wien, The Japan Society New York, Trio Accanto and The Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Chamber Music America, Network for New Music, The Graham Foundation, I-House Philadelphia, Tom Buckner, Phace Ensemble, The Museum of Modern Art, The Crossing, Maerzmusik Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Voxnova Italia, and others. His most recent work "In the Midst of Things" is a collaboration with the celebrated artists Allora and Calzadilla and was performed over 150 times in the 2015 Venice Biennale.