URBANA — The Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network will present a performance of "9 Chains..." a new music and video composition by Gene Coleman, at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St.
The event is free and open to all. IJPAN also will webcast "9 Chains..." live at http://ijpan.ncsa.illinois.edu.
Drawing on modern Japanese architecture for his inspiration, Coleman's pieces combine traditional Japanese and contemporary musical instruments into an original sound. The evening will also feature solo performances on the koto and sho — traditional Japanese string instruments — and a shorter composition by Coleman titled "Tenchi."
In "9 Chains...", Coleman explores the influence of Buckminster Fuller on global culture and thinking via his World Game, which anticipates by decades our use of "cloud" networking and game-based problem solving.
The program will be performed by the Ensemble N_JP, with musicians Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto), Naomi Sato (sho), Coleman (bass clarinet), Toshimaru Nakamura (live electronics), Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello) and Sean Harold (electric guitar), conducted by Stephen Taylor.
For more information on Coleman, visit http://soundfield.org/.
Coleman and Ensemble N_JP also will host a workshop from 3 to 4:20 p.m. Thursday in the Music Building auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. It is free and open to the public.