Classically trained in piano and French horn, Jim Coleman exploded onto the indie rock scene in the 1990s with his seminal NYC band, COP SHOOT COP, playing alongside the likes of Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Helmet, and Marilyn Manson. His creative work has transitioned over the years into a unique blend of cinematic, electro-acoustic music.
Initially an art student at The University of Hartford, Coleman went on to obtain a BFA in film from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, being the only student in his class working in experimental film.
In the 1990s Coleman’s talents in music, film and art merged with the inception of the seminal band, COP SHOOT COP. Joining up with a group of like-minded musical misfits, CSC released four full- length albums and several EP’s and Singles on Big Cat Records and Interscope Records. Coleman also co-directed several of their music videos. Internationally acclaimed, CSC toured during the 90s doing shows with Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soul Coughing, Jesus Lizard, and Henry Rollins.
By the time COP SHOOT COP self imploded in 1996, Coleman had already begun scoring indie films and television series. He has worked with directors such as Todd Phillips, Hal Hartley, Beth B, and Richard Kern. He has also done a number of series and one-offs for television networks such as PBS, A&E, HBO and TLC.
From the late 1990’s to the present, Coleman has been releasing original music and doing remixes as PHYLR. This material is beat driven electronica, firmly rooted in sound collage with a strong cinematic sensibility. Coleman also has had two notable collaborations. The first was with Italian composer Teho Teardo and was called HERE. The second was with J.G. Thirlwell as BABY ZIZANIE.
TREES features some extremely talented musicians: Kirsten McCord plays cello. Kirsten has a release on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label, and has worked with musicians such as Elliott Smith, Vic Chesnutt and Jarboe. Phil Puleo, drummer of Cop Shoot Cop and Swans, plays a variety of instruments, from wood flute to a variety of percussion. Phil was the drummer/percussionist in COP SHOOT COP, and has since played extensively with Michael Gira in Swans. Dawn McCarthy adds vocals to 2 tracks. Dawn has several releases as Faun Fables on the Drag City label. Ellen Fullman plays her self -created long stringed instrument on two of the tracks as well. Ellen’s music has been represented at The Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center and The Walker Arts Center.
Coleman on-goingly continues his sonic and visual explorations, creating original music and remixes as PHYLR and continuing his forays in to the world of experimental video. He is also currently working on an ambient follow up to TREES, which is based on recordings of individual’s near death experiences.