I grew up in Austin, Texas
writing songs, singing in choirs and musical theater, playing in bands, and making noise collages with a four track cassette-tape studio I assembled in the garage.
Today, I use every tool I can. I go outside and sing. I play piano, guitar and computer. I scribble in a notebook on trains. I code algorithms looking for surprises. I don't know where it fits in the world or if it has to. It's the music of my culture of one, but you're invited.
Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer, performer, and "charismatic contemporary bard" (NY Times). His work has been performed by A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and over 100 percussion ensembles all over the world. In 2016 he performed two sold-out shows of his music with Grammy-winning vocalists Roomful of Teeth at the Park Avenue Armory. He is a PhD candidate at Princeton, and is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, The New School, and Juilliard Evening Division. He is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing.
Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer, performer, and "charismatic contemporary bard" (NY Times). His book of bowed vibraphone quartets, Postludes, evokes "sparkling icicles of sound" (Rolling Stone), and is a new staple of percussion repertoire, having been performed by over 140 ensembles all over the world, including all major American music schools, So Percussion, Blow Up Roma, and Amadinda. He has sung his Hanuman's Leap, a bardic epic for voices and drums, in 15 cities, and will record it with Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth in 2016 after two sold-out shows at the Park Avenue Armory. His creative friendship (part band, part book club) with Brad and Doug Balliett and Majel Connery has produced opera and lit-hop collaborations with A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, Metropolis Ensemble, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy, where they were Spotlight Artists in 2011. He lives in Jersey City and is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, The New School, Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing correctional facility.
write to me! elliot dot c dot cole at gmail dot com
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