About John

(Photo: Floor Van Herreweghe, Top of the Piano)

John Holland is a composer, author, performer, and recording artist. He is Producer and Musical Director of The Chocolate Ear Online Music Series and has been the Producer and Director of the annual New Music at the Pozen Center series in Boston since 2004. He is also a regular participant with EMMA, an Electronic Music Series, in collaboration with composers on the faculty of New England Conservatory.

Holland’s music has been presented most recently at Jordan Hall and Brown Hall at NEC, Pickman Hall at Longy, the new Pozen Center, AVID Technologies in Boston, the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City, and IBM (Yorktown). His work often emphasizes the integration of science and art, incorporating structures and ideas that reference a variety of natural phenomena. See his online music recording Symbiotica – A Cross-cultural Mixup Vols. 1 & 2. Other online recordings include The Continents, Change Is Here to Stay, The Musical Landscape, Space and Time, Listen, and The Nautilus – A Video Opera.

John Schaefer, host of New Sounds on WNYC Radio in New York has cited Holland’s Natural Phenomena as “one of the notable CD’s of 2005.” Holland has been interviewed on National Public Radio for his recording of Music for a Small Planet.

Holland is an early pioneer in the Art/Science movement in America. He taught a college class for three decades that introduced artists to leading-edge ideas in the broad world of science. His online projects Curious, an Introduction to Big Ideas in Nature, Science, and Art and The Chicken and the Egg: Writings on Nature, Science, and Art were launched in 2011. In the early 1980’s Holland co-founded Nature and Inquiry, an artists group that meets weekly to discuss ideas in art and science. The group has presented work at the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute, The Copley Gallery, and others.

(John Holland does not receive funding from any source to operate this online music project. MP3’s are intended for online playback only and are unavailable as a download. Links to Amazon.com and other online retailers is a courtesy to the performing musicians and others who are represented on this site.)

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