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Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta has been considered an important musician, architect, writer, photographer and intermedia artist in the beginning of the third millennium - according to statements written by personalities like John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Merce Cunningham, René Berger, Daniel Charles, Dove Bradshaw, Phill Niblock or William Anastasi among others. With several international prizes, more than fifty published books, many electronic books and thirty audio compact discs, his works are included in some of the most important art collections and world-wide recognized institutions like the Whitney Museum of New York, the ARS AEVI Contemporary Art Museum, the Biennale of Venice, the Computer Art Museum of Seattle, the Kunsthaus of Zurich, the Durini Contemporary Art Collection, the Bibliotèque Nationale of Paris and the MART - Modern Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento among others. His works are also included in the Universalis Encyclopedia (Britannica) since 1991, in the Sloninsky Baker's Music Dictionary (Berkeley), the Charles Hall's Chronology of the Western Classical Music, as well as in the All Music Guide - The Expert's Guide to the Best Cds. Legendary musicians like John Cage, David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, John Tilbury, Christian Wolff, Maurizio Barbetti, Audrey Riley and the Manhattan Quartet among others have performed his compositions. He collaborated with John Cage, as commissioned composer for Merce Cunningham, from 1985 until his disappearance in 1992. He remained composer for Merce Cunningham along more than twenty years, until Merce Cunningham's death in 2009. He is also founder and director of the Arts, Sciences and Technology Foundation - Observatory, in Trancoso, Portugal ( He is co-founder and director of the HOLOTOPIA Academy, in the Amalfi Coast, Italy ( Emanuel Pimenta lives in Locarno, Switzerland - but he is also based in New York and Lisbon. His site is

Art and Zen

Authored by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta

Art and Zen is a book by the architect, musician, philosopher and intermedia artist Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta. A reflection about what art is and its deep implications in life, the book was written in the Italian mountains of Abruzzo. Emanuel Pimenta has been involved with Zen since many years. He studied Zen aesthetics with the composer Hans Joachim Koellreutter, who lived in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. He also collaborated with John Cage along his last seven years of life. The book reveals the influence of Daisetz Suzuki, master of John Cage, but also of other personalities, like Mr. Chico, a shaman who lived in the Brazilian forests and was one of Pimenta's masters.

Publication Date:
1456595261 / 9781456595265
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.06" x 7.81"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Philosophy / Aesthetics

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