#MySci411: Science Inspires Allentown’s MacArthur ‘Genius’
An internationally-acclaimed jazz composer saxophonist from Allentown, Pa., has earned a prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for musical styling that are inspired in part by science and nature.
Steve Coleman has been named one of 21 MacArthur Fellows for 2014. The MacArthur Fellows Program – known popularly as the MacArthur “genius grant” program – gives unrestricted fellowships to individuals who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” according to the program’s website. Each 2014 MacArthur Fellow will receive a $625,000 stipend over the next five years.
The founder of a nonprofit organization called M-Base Concepts, Inc., Coleman was hailed by the MacArthur Foundation for “masterful facility to intricate and complex improvised pieces.” The foundation also noted that Coleman’s work “draws heavily on inspiration from nature, metaphysics, and science, integrating, for example, patterns derived from the cycles and relationships of the planets in our solar system or … the pulsating patterns of the human heart.”
M-Base Concepts encourages young musicians to experiment musically through collaboration, workshops, seminars, and web-based instruction.
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