The modern-music ensemble Heavy Color was founded by composer producers Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their often surreal and cinematic compositions explore spiritual jazz, traditional music, electronic, and Avant-psychedelia. Their first album Arise Ye Spiritual Machine (2014) re-contextualized archival music in a modern beat-tape format. River Passage (2018), a collaboration with musicians in Eastern Congo that combines elements of Afrobeat, minimalist Electronica, and futurist Hip Hop, spans physical environments, cultures, and languages. The project began in May 2015 when Cohen and Akili Jackson (Radiant City Arts) traveled to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as musical ambassadors for Earthwork Music. A three-year creative exchange led to the release of River Passage, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of which fund EDRC projects that support gender equity and fair wages for women in farming regions as well as an arts center for youth in the city of Bukavu that provides a safe space for teaching dance, recording technology skills and music lessons.
Earlier this year, Heavy Color was commissioned by the investigative journalism collective Public Herald to compose the score for Invisible Hand. Drawing inspiration from nature, Heavy Color composed much of the score for winds, strings, and voice, something of a departure from the dense electronic approach of their previous releases. Joining Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg on Music for the Film Invisible Hand are Patrick Booth (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Soprano Saxophone), Mike Savina (Electric Guitar), Wesley Hornpetrie (Cello), Jeffrey Niemeier (Violin and Electric Violin), and Estar Cohen (Vocals). In addition to the music for the documentary, Heavy Color will also release Soft Light, a recombination of 70’s fusion, acoustic and electronic meditations in pattern-based music, and psychedelic pop.