DAE's Metropolis to remount at Seattle's Paramount Theater

We are beyond thrilled to announce that our 1999 score to Fritz Lang's silent film Metropolis will be remounted with full orchestra at Seattle's premiere venue The Paramount on March 2nd 2015.  The score was created by DAE's Joshua Kohl, Haruko Nishimura, Timothy Young, Ian Rashkin and Troy Swanson for a presentation at Seattle's Gas Works Park for a crowd of 10,000 people and was since released as an album.  The score will be performed live with the newest addition of the film and will include new scenes and new music.  


Project Room Creative Partnership Workshop with Joshua Wolf Shenk

DAE's Haruko Crow Nishimura and Joshua Kohl will be part of a panel discussion at Seattle's Project Room.

September 23, 7-8:30pm at The Project Room

with Special Guests: Writers Kelley Eskridge & Nicola Griffith; Haruko Nishimura & Joshua Kohl (Degenerate Art Ensemble); Gretta Harley & Sarah Rudinoff (We Are Golden)

What does it take for a two-person partnership to succeed?

In response to this question, TPR presents a collaboration workshop by author Joshua Wolf Shenk. Joshua will present the ideas in his new book POWERS OF TWO and engage participants in thinking about and identifying the beneficial partnerships in their lives using the research he conducted for the book. This is aimed at the general public, with an emphasis on those who work in pairs and would like to learn more about Joshua's research and its impact on creativity and success.

New Music USA Award Announced for Predator Songstress!

"Today is an exciting day for New Music USA; we are thrilled to award $311,000 to the 57 projects comprising our second round of project grants awardees.  Our organization and the 43 peer panelists who helped us make our awards are delighted to support an amazing group of projects. We received 1,174 project requests this round!  The total amount requested represented the need for more than 9.8 million dollars in support. Those numbers in relation to our current funding capacity are humbling, but also inspiring; these submissions only capture a glimpse of the overwhelming creativity resonating throughout the United States today. We wish we could support even more."

We are totally psyched to head up the featured projects page on their website!!!

DAE's Haruko Nishimura to teach at SFDI in August

Embodiment and Presence // Haruko Nishimura


August 2 / 3:15-5:15pm

This class will explore what it means to be moved through deep listening and the guidance of sound and specific imagery. We let go of our individual will to manifest shapes and surrender to the richness of the present. My training is rooted in butoh dance, physical theater, improvisation and music. We will practice tuning into what the space, our body’s subtle energies and our  physical memories can move through us. We will practice both playfulness as well as pushing ourselves to our edge.We will hone our embodiment and observation, bearing witness to each other’s discoveries. In addition to dancers and performers, creative and curious people from all walks of life are welcome  including those with no movement experience.

Open Rehearsal May 18th @ Moore Theatre

Our open rehearsal at the Moore Theatre is currently full beyond capacity.  We are excited to be showing new elements of our newest work Predator Songstress: Dictator to the public for the first time.  This public workshop showing takes us one step closer to the eventual premiere in 2015.  This showing is made up by continuing support of Creative Capital and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

photo by Steven Miller

photo by Steven Miller

Joshua Kohl featured at the Frye Art Museum

"2013–14 season. Joshua Kohl, composer and co-artistic director of Seattle’s renowned Degenerate Art Ensemble, premieres new compositions commissioned by the Frye Art Museum. Earlier this year, Kohl visited his father, legendary writer and educator Herbert R. Kohl. The results of this visit are new compositions, some incorporating elements of his father’s poetry and writings, which will premiere as a live performance on September 19 and remain as a sound installation September 21–October 20."

Kohl and Nishimura Selected for the "Center for Innovation"

Degenerate Art Ensemble's Joshua Kohl and Haruko Nishimura were selected to be featured in the Museum of History and Industry's new Center for Innovation along with 12 "Northwest Innovators" including glass artist Dale Chihuley, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and others.  The center will have it's grand opening on October 12th 2013.

Degenerate Art Ensemble to collaborate with Kronos Quartet!

Just announced, Degenerate Art Ensemble collaborate with Kronos Quartet in a performance set for November 16th at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle.  DAE and Kronos will be performing a new iteration of "Warrior" - part of the DAE's Predator's Songstress.  The performance is part of Kronos' 40th anniversary touring activities.  Us DAEers are so thrilled to be working with our long time heroes we can barely stand it!