Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
Doris Duke Impact Award, 2014
Born in Chicago, Steve Coleman has produced music distinguished by its use of indefinite meter and overlapping cycles. In the 1980s, together with Greg Osby, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson, Graham Haynes, and others, he created the collective M-Base. A leader of several groups, his primary ensemble Steve Coleman and Five Elements was formed in 1981 and is still active today, heard most recently on Functional Arrhythmias (Pi, 2013). In 2014, he received a Doris Duke Impact Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Over the years, he has shared his discoveries in rhythm and tonality at public workshops. At present, he actively leads M-Base Ways, an online resource for improvising musicians; and M-Base Concepts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using music as a medium to expand consciousness. His next recording, Synovial Joints (Pi, 2015), by the large ensemble Steve Coleman and The Council of Balance, will be released in April 2015.