CMA Announces More Than $950,000 in Grants for Small Ensembles and Presenters

CMA Announces More Than $950,000 in Grants for Small Ensembles and Presenters

CMA Announces More Than $950,000 in Grants for Small Ensembles and Presenters

For Immediate Release

http://www.chamber-music.org/about/press-room/article/07-31-2017/cma-announces-more-950000-grants-small-ensembles-and-presenters

Contact: Nichole L. Knight
nknight@chamber-music.org
212-242-2022 ext. 106

New York, NY (July 31, 2017)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $951,545 through its four major grant programs: New Jazz Worksand Presenter Consortium for Jazz, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Residency Partnership Program, funded by Chamber Music America's Residency Endowment Fund.

This funding will provide key support for the creation, performance, and presentation of small ensemble works, as well as support community engagement and audience-building initiatives. The grantees in each program were selected by independent peer panels. A complete list of the 2017 grantees follows:

NEW JAZZ WORKS
Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

A total of $447,000 was awarded to fifteen jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works program, which supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings.

Alchemy Sound Project (Rosendale, NY)
Composer: Erica Lindsay | Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, oboe, trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone, piano, bass, drums

2017 New Jazz Works Grantees

Andrea Brachfeld Quartet (Jersey City, NJ)
Composer: Andrea Brachfeld | Instrumentation: Flute/alto flute, piano, bass, drums

Ben Wendel Group (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Ben Wendel | Instrumentation: Saxophone, bassoon, Fender Rhodes, guitar, piano, bass, drums

Craig Handy and 2nd Line Smith (Weehawken, NJ)
Composer: Craig Handy | Instrumentation: Saxophone, organ, sousaphone, drums/percussion, guitar, bass

The Curtis Brothers (Weehawken, NJ)
Composer: Zaccai Curtis | Instrumentation: Piano, bass, drums, alto saxophone, trumpet

Ian Carey Quintet + 1 (Richmond, CA)
Composer: Ian Carey | Instrumentation: Flute, bass clarinet, alto/tenor saxophones, trumpet, piano, bass, drums

Joshua Lawrence and Color Theory (New York, NY)
Composer: Joshua Lawrence | Instrumentation: Flute, trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone, alto saxophone, Fender Rhodes, piano, bass, drums

Kendrick Scott Oracle (New York, NY)
Composer: Kendrick Scott | Instrumentation: Soprano/tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, guitar, piano, bass, drums, electronics 

Manuel Valera Trio (New York, NY)
Composer: Manuel Valera | Instrumentation: Piano, bass, drums

Martin Bejerano Trio (Miami, FL)
Composer: Martin Bejerano | Instrumentation: Piano, bass, drums

Mickey Bass and the New York Powerhouse Ensemble (New York, NY)
Composer: Mickey Bass | Instrumentation: Bass, vibraphone, alto/tenor saxophones, trumpet, drums

Mike Holober and Balancing Act (Mount Kisco, NY)
Composer: Mike Holober | Instrumentation: Flute, soprano/alto/tenor saxophones, clarinet/bass clarinet, trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone, piano, bass, drums, voice 

Piano Iberico (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Chano Dominguez | Instrumentation: Piano, bass, percussion/hand percussion (palmas), foot percussion, voice

Samuel Torres Group (Long Island City, NY)
Composer: Samuel Torres | Instrumentation: Percussion, piano, bass, two trumpets, alto/tenor/baritone saxophones, trombone

Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Project (Glendale, CA)
Composer: Vardan Ovsepian | Instrumentation: Piano, flute, viola, cello, double bass, percussion

CLASSICAL COMMISSIONING
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Twelve grants totaling $231,550 have been awarded through the Classical Commissioning program, which provides support to U.S.-based professional classical and world music ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of new chamber works by American composers.

2017 Classical Commissioning Grantees

Attacca Quartet (New York, NY)
Composer: Chris Rogerson | Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, cello

Boston Musica Viva (Boston, MA)
Composer: Sebastian Currier | Instrumentation: Soprano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

The Dorian Wind Quintet (New York, NY)
Composer: Billy Childs | Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn

Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago, IL)
Composer: Erin Gee | Instrumentation: Two sopranos, flute, clarinet, cello, bass, two percussion

Enso String Quartet (New York, NY)
Composer: Alyssa Weinberg | Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, cello, clarinet

Eurasia Consort (Seattle, WA)
Composer: Alice Shields | Instrumentation: Soprano, alto flute, recorder, Renaissance harp, ud, theorbo, percussion

Garth Newel Music Center (Hot Springs, VA)
Composer: David Biedenbender | Instrumentation: Violin, viola, cello, piano

Longleash (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Shawn Jaeger | Instrumentation: Violin, cello, digital/prepared piano

Momenta Quartet (Bronx, NY)
Composer: Alvin Singleton | Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, cello

NOVA Chamber Music Series (Salt Lake City, UT)
Composer: Morris Rosenzweig | Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, cello, clarinet, prepared piano

Spektral Quartet (Chicago, IL)
Composer: Tonia Ko | Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, cello

Zéphyros Winds (Las Vegas, NV)
Composer: David Sanford | Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon, horn

Chamber Music America's commissioning programs are also supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Amphion Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and the Chamber Music America Commissioning Endowment Fund.

RESIDENCY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Funded by the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund

The Residency Partnership Program supports ensembles and presenters in building awareness and appreciation for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through community-based residencies that engage audiences beyond traditional concert settings. A total of $41,995 has been awarded to seven ensembles and two presenting organizations across the United States.

 

2017 Residency Partner Program Grantees

The 2017 grantees are:

  • • Apollo Chamber Players (Houston, TX) 
  • • Great Falls Symphony with the Cascade Quartet (Great Falls, MT) 
  • • Lawler + Fadoul (New York, NY) 
  • • Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph (New York, NY)
  • • The Playground Ensemble (Denver, CO)
  • • Sonic Forest (San Francisco, CA)
  • • Sylvan Winds (New York, NY) 
  • • Wendell Harrison Ensemble (Detroit, MI) 
  • • Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco's Bronx Music Heritage Center)(Bronx, NY) with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble

PRESENTER CONSORTIUM FOR JAZZ
Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

 

Presenter Consortium for Jazz supports consortiums of three U.S. presenters to collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles. Project grants totaling $156,000 have been awarded to five consortiums (15 presenting organizations), which will receive an additional $75,000 in general operating support.

 

This year’s grantees are:

 

• Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN),
• Krannert Center for Performing Arts (Urbana, IL)
• Wexner Center (Columbus, OH)
Presenting The Bad Plus with Bill Frisell

 

• Western Michigan University Foundation 
(Kalamazoo, MI)
• City of East Lansing/Summer Solstice Jazz Festival(East Lansing, MI)
• The Carr Center (Detroit, MI)
Presenting the Dafnis Prieto Sextet*

*Dafnis Prieto Sextet will perform Prieto's 2005 New Jazz Works commission, The Emotion Series: Taking the Soul for a Walk.

 

• Arts for Art (New York, NY), 
• CapitalBop (Washington, D.C.)
• Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (Pittsburgh, PA)
Presenting the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir

 

• Nameless Sound (Houston, TX),
• Epistrophy Arts (Austin, TX)
• The New Quorum (New Orleans, LA)
Presenting the Wadada Leo Smith - Golden Quartet*

*Wadada Leo Smith - Golden Quartet will perform Smith's 2010 New Jazz Works commission, Ten Freedom Summers.

 

• Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA)
• Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge/River City Jazz Masters Concert Series (Baton Rouge, LA)
• Banner Series @ McNeese State University 
(Lake Charles, LA)
Presenting the Arturo Sandoval Sextet

June 5 World Premiere of Gregg Kallor's new piano quintet at The Sheen Center

June 5 World Premiere of Gregg Kallor's new piano quintet at The Sheen Center

We're teaming up with the fantastic Gregg Kallor for the world premiere of his new piano quintet, commissioned by The Classical Recording Foundation and funded by a generous gift from Linda and Stuart Nelson. The Quintet is based on the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The New York Times said of Gregg: "At home in both jazz and classical forms, [Kallor] writes music of unaffected emotional directness. Leavened with flashes of oddball humor, his works succeed in drawing in the listener - not as consumer or worshipful celebrant, but in a spirit of easygoing camaraderie."

Come check it out! Tickets start at $15, including a post-show hangout with free beer and wine!

TICKETS

June 5, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Sheen Center - New York NY

New York Times Facebook Livestream!

New York Times Facebook Livestream!

Guys!! We're going to be on the New York Times Facebook Page for a Livestreamed performance and Q&A, where we'll play music by John Adams, and then do a Q&A interview WITH JOHN ADAMS HIMSELF!

It's going to be awesome...tune in here! https://www.facebook.com/nytimes/

Also, we're going to play an entire concert of his music at National Sawdust on Sunday, April 2 at 3PM. If you're in NYC come hang out! Tickets are here: https://nationalsawdust.org/event/attacca-quartet-recently-added-2/

The Attacca Quartet Tiny Desk Concert is live on NPR.org!

The Attacca Quartet Tiny Desk Concert is live on NPR.org!

Attacca Quartet

November 18, 20169:00 AM ET

Short link to NPR Music: http://n.pr/2fbQ2ue

"Classical music observers say we're living in a golden age of string quartets. It's hard to disagree when you hear the vibrant young players in New York's Attacca Quartet." 
-Tom Huizenga, NPR

(The Attacca Quartet's album Fellow Traveler is available on iTunes and Amazon.)

SET LIST

  • Adams: "Toot Nipple"
  • Adams: "Alligator Escalator"
  • Haydn: "String Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5 — I. Allegretto"
  • Ippolito: "Smoke Rings"