Anthony Coleman, solo piano
Anthony Coleman has been one of the key figures of New York music for nearly four decades. His work bridges the gap between composition and improvisation, Uptown and Downtown, and spans a wide range of genres and practices, including free improvisation, jazz, Jewish music (of various types), and contemporary chamber music.
From the 1980s on, Coleman has immersed himself in New York City’s forward-thinking circle of genre-confounding composers and improvisers, which would come to be known as the Downtown Scene. The first two records Coleman played on, Glenn Branca’s Lesson No. 1 and John Zorn’s Archery, are classics of a then-emerging avant-garde.
Balancing a powerful sense of structural logic and expressionistic color, Coleman has had a prolific career as a composer. His works have been commissioned by the Concert Artist Guild, the Jerome Foundation, the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival Banlieues Blues, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, among others. He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Meet the Composer.
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