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Chamber Music America Awards Nine Grants for “New Jazz Works”

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Wayne Shorter, grant recipient © Andrea Canter
Wayne Shorter, grant recipient © Andrea Canter

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals,  has announced its new round of commissions for new works by small ensembles. A sum of $483,100 will be distributed to 21 ensembles via two of CMA’s major grant programs: Classical Commissioning, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Noted CMA, “The ensembles selected this year reflect the diverse array of styles performed by small ensembles in the U.S. today, ranging from classical/contemporary keyboard sextet to jazz piano-violin duo to traditional wind, string, vocal, and jazz quartets.”

Grantees were selected by an independent peer panel of musicians. The nine recipients of New Jazz Works commissions, and instrumentaion, include:

  • Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet (Oakland, )
    Composer: Ambrose Akinmusire
    Instrumentation: Trumpet, piano/keyboards, bass, drums
  • Geof Bradfield Ensemble (Chicago, )
    Composer: Geof Bradfield
    Instrumentation: Tenor saxophone/bass clarinet, flute/tenor saxophone, alto saxophone/clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar/live electronics, bass, drums
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman DUO (Brooklyn, Y.)
    Composer: Sylvie Courvoisier
    Instrumentation: Piano, violin
  • Amrose Akinmisure © Andrea Canter
    Ambrose Akinmisure © Andrea Canter

    Musae (Union City, J.)
    Composer: Roman Filiu O’Reilly
    Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone/vocals, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion

  • Ryan Keberle and Catharsis (Brooklyn, Y.)
    Composer: Ryan Keberle
    Instrumentation: Trombone/melodica, voice, trumpet, bass, drums
  • Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Brooklyn, Y.)
    Composer: Chris Lightcap
    Instrumentation: Bass, saxophones, guitars, keyboards, drums
  • Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra (Baltimore, )
    Composer: Todd Marcus
    Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, alto saxophone/flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums
  • Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures (Maplewood, J.)
    Composer: Adam Rudolph
    Instrumentation: Multiple percussion instruments, thumb piano, sintir, cornet/flugelhorn, multiple woodwinds, electronic keyboards, guitar, bass
  • Wayne Shorter Quartet (Los Angeles, )
    Composer: Wayne Shorter
    Instrumentation: Soprano/tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums

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