John Lane is an artist whose creative work and collaborations extend through percussion to poetry/spoken word and theater. As a performer, he has appeared on stages throughout the Americas, Australia, and Japan.
Commissioning new works and interdisciplinary collaborations are integral to John's work. Over the last few years, he has been connected with a number of composers including Peter Garland, Mark Applebaum, Yo Goto, Emiliano Pardo, Mara Helmuth, Christopher Deane, John Luther Adams, Kyle Gann, Michael Byron, Wen Hui Xie, Kazuaki Shiota and David Farrell. John has several on-going collaborations with writer Ann McCutchan, poets Nick Lantz and Todd Boss, percussionist Allen Otte, visual artist Pat Alexander, and has created original music for choreographer/dancer Hilary Bryan and granite sculptor Jesús Moroles.
John is the creator and host of a podcast, Standing in the Stream: Conversations with Creatives. Through long-form conversations and audio collaborations, the podcast explores the lives and works of artists in a variety of fields from visual art, music, filmmaking, dance, writing/poetry, to everything in between. It is a podcast for and about artists seeking to live and sustain creative lives.
Currently, John is the Director of Percussion Studies and Professor of Percussion at Sam Houston State University. He taught previously at the University of Wyoming and held fellowships at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas.
John is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is an Artist with Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals.
0:00 Intro and hello 3:00 Your podcast, "Standing in the Stream"? 5:40 Composer, Peter Garland. 9:50 Working with composers 12:00 Your methods of composition? 15:30 Ben: Percussion Group Cincinnati 24:50 Percussion Group Cincinnati and sponsorships 30:40 The Innocents project 43:33 Intersection of politics and art 47:57 Working with Christopher Deane? 54:25 Thank you and farewell, Michael Colgrass 1:02:00 Casey: This day in music history 1:06:45 Interpreting new works and finding meaning? 1:09:35 Upcoming works and projects? 1:13:10 Recommended books?