Episode 10, Anthony Coleman

Born and raised in New York City and educated at the New England Conservatory and Yale, composer/pianist Anthony Coleman has been an essential figure in the Downtown Scene since 1979, contributing some of the most radical and thought-provoking music of the last several decades.  A tireless scholar, Anthony is just as comfortable exploring in detail the nuances of swing and be-bop as he is 20th and 21st contemporary composition, as well as cinema, philosophy and visual art.  Since the 80s Anthony has released over fifteen CDs of his own music as well as contributing to the essential works of  John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Glenn Branca and Roy Nathanson.

Anthony and his work have had a huge impact and influence on me and I couldn't be happier to present this conversation that covers, among other things, much of his personal history, listening for sociology in music, Radical Jewish Culture and coming to terms with the highs and lows that come with a life devoted to art.