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.

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Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer and "charismatic contemporary bard" (NY Times).  He has performed his music with Grammy Winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy Nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical.  His percussion music has been performed by over 200 percussion ensembles all over the world.  In 2017 he was invited by Talks at Google to share his unique approach to music through computer programming.  He is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

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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 200 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 tour it with Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth in 2017 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.  In 2017 he was invited by Talks at Google to share his unique approach to music through computer programming.  He lives in Jersey City and is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division.  He is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

 

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