Elliot Cole (1984) is a composer, programmer, and "charismatic contemporary bard" (NY Times). His book of bowed vibraphone quartets, Postludes, evokes "sparkling icicles of sound" (Rolling Stone), and is a new staple of percussion repertoire, having been performed by over 150 ensembles all over the world. He has sung his Hanuman's Leap, a bardic epic for voices and drums, in 15 cities, and will record it with Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth in 2017 after two sold-out shows at the Park Avenue Armory.
His creative friendship (part band, part book club) with Brad and Doug Balliett and Majel Connery has produced opera and lit-hop collaborations with A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, Metropolis Ensemble, MATA, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy, where they were Spotlight Artists in 2011. He is also committed to algorithmic and parametric music, coding music software in the SuperCollider language, which he also teaches. He lives in Jersey City and is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, The New School, Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing correctional facility.