“The main part of my journey,” Steve Coleman says, “has been about trying to learn more about how to use music as a language to discuss the things I find compelling in this universe and in nature.” Coleman – a saxophonist, bandleader, and recent MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient from Chicago’s South Side – is a thoughtful musician to say the least. He’s made music his life’s work, evidenced by more than two dozen records and countless performances around the world. “Everything that I have found to be interesting,” he adds, “has had some influence on my music.”
Coleman will take the Scheuer Auditorium stage on November 6 alongside fellow musicians and frequent collaborators Jonathan Finlayson and Anthony Tidd for Bang on a Can: From the Margins, the latest in the Museum’s ongoing concert series produced in partnership with Bang on a Can. The performance will feature Coleman in a rare appearance without percussion accompaniment; Finlayson will be on trumpet, and Tidd will be on bass.