Friday March 26th: a Night of Improvisational Music!

March 8, 2010


7:30 pm, Church of the Advent Library, 30 Brimmer Street, Beacon Hill, Boston 02108
$10. suggested donation

Symptomatic {Steve Norton / Vic Rawlings}
Max Lord
Kevin Frenette Trio
{Kevin Frenette guitars / James Rohr fender rhodes /John McLellan drums}
Hillary Zipper, violin

JaJuNo Trio
{James Coleman theramin/Noell Dorsey voice /Julius Vaslenko saxophone}
Louis Cohen

Lou Cohen has composed music since age 12. He studied mathematics at MIT, and has studied music privately. Composition teachers include John Cage, Ernst Levy and Alan Kemler. He studied harpsichord and early music performance practice with John Gibbons. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Readings that have influenced him a great deal: Joseph Schillinger’s “The Mathematical Basis of the Arts” and “The Schillinger System of Musical Composition”; and Iannis Xenakis’s “Formalized Music”
In the early 60s Cohen promoted new music in the Boston area by producing concerts in collaboration with Christian Wolff, in which the New York School was heavily represented. For a long time afterwards he composed in isolation. In April 2004 he produced his first concert in more than 40 years, in collaboration with the electro-acoustic group ONDA.
Since then he has appeared as a laptop improviser in numerous concerts in the Greater Boston area. His collaborations with video artist Bebe Beard, and his own computer animations have been shown in many galleries throughout the United States, and in film festivals around the world.
He is co-director of Opensound, a Greater Boston concert series featuring electro-acoustic improvisation. Opensound is sponsored in part by the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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