Music Performances


As a composer and performance artist, I have had success in a wide variety of genres.  I am always interested in working with others, whether by writing incidental music for a play, soundtracks for a film or documentary, or collaborating on a performance art piece.  Below are links to various works, either through YouTube or as an mp3 file.  Please contact me if you are interested in having me work on your project.

Performances (selected examples)

2015                 Celtic Suite for Youth Flute Ensemble

2014                Performance in Carnegie Hall of my choral composition “An Afro-Celtic Diddle, June 28th

2012                Performance of my choral piece for women’s choir, “Pura Vida”  Hong Kong Children’s Choir

Soundtrack for documentary film “Polish Poster Art” premiered in Paris.

This is an example of a collaborative experimental film by Todd Kesterson, featuring vocals my Michael Coolen, and music and sound design by Michael Coolen and Sam Kincaid.

Selected Mp3s of Performances, with brief descriptions below the links.


2009                Tritonic Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra

2004               “In the Beginning” for Choir, Percussion, and Prepared Sounds.

Gusto El Sabor–for Symphonic Concert Band.  This piece was premiered at Carnegie Hall.

Rhumba for Flute Ensemble

Prelude for Piano–live recording of an encore by internationally acclaimed concert pianist Craig Sheppard.

Minanzi for Flutes–based on music from the African mbira

Five Short African Songs for Alto and Piano

How to Ululate–another way to applaud and participate as an audience member.

In 1980 I started a very successful African and Latin American marimba band named Balafon. Above is an early photo of us pretending to be serious.  One of our most successful songs is the the song titled Caderas, which eventually was even played at various Disney theme parks from Los Angeles to Paris.

Maiden Lady’s Love–from my musical Blue Willow

Song of St. Francis–Song for Tenor and Piano.

Pura Vida for Women’s Choir–world premiere at a Music Education Conference in Eugene, Oregon.

Selected Publications of Compositions

2011                Soundtrack excerpts for Christie’s Gallery exhibition of art from the collection of Peter Norton November 2011, New York City.

2010                Soundtrack for “Polish Poster Art,” exhibited at MOMA in New York.

2007               Incidental music for the OSU production of “Angels in America,” in which I also played the role of Roy Cohn.

2007               When the Children Come for SATB, published by Hal Leonard.

2006               Bach to the Future for Flute Duet, published by ALRY Publications, Inc.

                         Caderas for Flute Quartet and Percussion, published by ALRY Publications.

                         Pura Vida for SATB and SSAA, published by Hal Leonard, Inc.

                         Matimba Ya Vuyimbeleri (The Power of Singing) for SATB, published by Hal Leonard.

2003                Chocholoza: An African Welcoming Song for SATB and percussion, published by Hal Leonard

2002                Mangwanani for SATB and percussion, published by Hal Leonard.

2001                Celtic Suite for Flute Sextet, published by ALRY Publications.

                         An African Song Game: the Coca Cola Song, published by Hal Leonard.

2000                An Afro-Celtic Diddle for SATB, published by Hal Leonard.

                         An African Musical Geography for SATB, published by Hal Leonard.

                         Two Pieces for Flute Sextet (Minanzi and Rhumba), published by ALRY

1999                Two Bob Marley Songs for SATB, published by Hal Leonard.