foundation for Essential Arts Concepts, Inc. was established in the
early 1990's by saxophonist and composer Ned Otter, and drummer George
Coleman Jr.. No newcomers to the music, Mr. Otter came up through
the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Red Rodney and his mentor
and compatriot George Coleman. George Coleman Jr. is the son of legendary
tenor saxophonist George Coleman. Mr. Otter and Mr. Coleman Jr. have
gained a hard-earned reputation for their artistic depth, personal
integrity, and their dedication to the self-empowerment of artists.
Over the past
fifteen years, Mr. Otter and Mr. Coleman Jr. have produced more than
fifty performances by their ensembles and those of their colleagues--
including legends George Coleman, Harold Mabern and Jamil Nasser at
venues throughout the New York City metropolitan region. In addition,
EAC has begun to establish a touring network in Europe. To handle
increased performance and educational activity--and to provide proactive
alternatives for artists trying to navigate the Jazz business--Mr.
Otter officially formed Essential Arts Concepts (EAC), Inc. in 2001.
Within months, EAC attracted the attention of a team of innovative,
decidedly-activist professionals with proven track records in management,
internet commerce, production, publicity, fundraising, not-for-profit
business strategy and community-oriented arts programming. To capitalize
upon the expertise of this support team--and to create options for
some of the living masters of the music--EAC is already working to
create performance, recording and educational opportunities for emerging
and established artists alike.
EAC has produced
successful pilot workshops in 2002 at The Stella Adler Conservatory
in New York City and at musical institutions in Bologna, Ferrara,
Bondeno, and Forli, Italy. EAC offers workshops in instrumental technique,
improvisation and composition, and EAC Teaching Artists can meet the
needs of students at the beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional
levels. Typically, EAC workshops are offered in conjunction with a
performance or residency by the Teaching Artist's ensemble.
addition, EAC oversees the activities of Two And Four Recording Company,
a new label dedicated to artist empowerment and equitable business practices.
Distributed in the USA by City Hall Records, Two And Four has three
releases to date--Danger High Voltage by George Coleman's New Octet,
and So Little Time and The Secrets Inside by Ned Otter. Two and Four
will release follow-up albums by both ensembles in early 2003. Two and
Four Recording Company is redefining the relationship between artists
and labels, and enables EAC artists to retain complete artist and economic
control over their recordings.