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sound. at the Schindler House: Kelan Philip Cohran, July 30

by on Jul.17, 2005, under News

kelan philip cohran

Summer concerts at the Ford Amphitheatre
and Schindler House

Produced by The Society for the Activation of Social Space
through Art and Sound (SASSAS)

sound. at the Schindler House

Saturday, July 30

While Sun Ra looked towards outer space for inspiration,
Kelan Philip Cohran found manifestations of cosmic spirituality
here on earth. A rare Los Angeles visit by the co-founder of
the AACM and one time member of Sun Ra's Arkestra.

Doors open at 7pm. Show begin at 7:30pm.

Advance admission: $16; $12 for students with valid I.D.,
FOSH and SASSAS members; $20 at the door.
Seating is very limited. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Purchase tickets online at:

Presented in association with:
MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A.
at the Schindler House
835 N. Kings Rd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069-5409

Kelan Phil Cohran is a music legend. Co-founder of the renowned jazz
organization the AACM, there is yet to be a paradigm designed that can
successfully map the contributions of this trumpeter, instrument
designer, scholar, shaman, community activist and educator.

Cohran has performed with well known acts such as Kansas City Blues
legends Jay McShan and Walter Brown as well as with the out of this
world and hemisphere Sun Ra Arkestra.

He founded the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, a group of Black musicians
whose music reflected the cultural history or Black Americans. While
Sun Ra looked toward outer space for inspiration, Phil Cohran
(himself an astronomer and mathematician) and his Ensemble found
manifestations of cosmic spirituality here on earth. Mining different
musical traditions such as jazz, rhythm and blues, classical and eastern
music but most specifically reaching into elements of African experience
and heritage, the Ensemble builds complex rhythms around melodic
elementsusually provided by Cohran's “frankiphone” a gorgeously
buzzing bell like electrified thumb piano of his own design. Their
seminal 1968 recording, Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage
Ensemble, was selected by The Wire magazine as one of the top
10 reissues of 2001. Some argue that this work foreshadows “any
group that has attempted to find a larger sonipalette to explore
cultural self-awareness.”

I want to use the music to teach, says Cohran. I believe that music
can act as a bridge between today and ancient times. I feel that both
music and astronomy are as ancient as humanity, and both cut across
all cultures. The more we learn about others, the more we can brush
away the superficial misunderstandings. The music tries to reflect the
similarities we share as people.

For further information visit
or phone (323) 960-5723

sound. 2005 is curated by Cindy Bernard, Carole Ann Klonarides
and Renee Petropoulos

sound. is a project of The Society for the Activation of Social Space
through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is supported in part through grants
from the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission;
the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department; the Los Angeles
County Arts Commission; Subito, the quick advancement grant program
of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Composers Forum;
the Meet the Composer's Creative Connections program with the
support of the ACSCAP Foundation, Copland Fund, Ford Foundation,
Virgil Thomson Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts;
a special donation from Amoeba Music and by the generous contributions
of our members.

(SASSAS) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a
catalyst for the creation, presentation and recognition of experimental
art and sound practices in the Greater Los Angeles area. Programs
include sound. at the Schindler House; sound. at the Ford Amphitheater;, a online concert archive; and soundNet recordings,
CD compilations drawn from sound. concerts.

Board of Directors: Cindy Bernard, Carole Ann Klonarides,
Renee Petropoulos, Joe Potts, David Mather, David Schafer,
Santos Vasquez
Advisory Board: Ann Goldstein, Vinny Golia, Jorge Martin, Mike Mehring,
Anita Pace, Lauren Pratt, Tom Recchion, Carl Stone, James Tenney,
Christopher Williams

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