THE 2015 MUSICAL GRANT AWARDEES
Areon Flutes to record and release their third full-length album, featuring works commissioned to celebrate their 10th Anniversary Season from Bay Area composers Sahba Aminikia, Dan Becker, Ryan Brown, and Danny Clay.
Richard Aldag to record Nocturne & Dance for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (2014) with Trio Vinifera for a disc of his chamber music to be completed in Fall 2016. The piece will be premiered at the Jarvis Conservatory (Napa) in May 2015.
Brazzissimo commission member Dean Boysen to create a new work for ten-piece brass ensemble to be premiered in 2016 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.
Baumer Quartet to record several core works for string quartet, partnering with a high-quality recording engineer from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Kyle Bruckmann to compose a new work for a Creative Music ensemble of single and double reeds, electric bass, percussion, and electronics, incorporating writings of Bay Area poet Matthew Shears, for a June 2016 premiere in Oakland.
Ian Dogole to present Afro-Weston, a musical tribute concert featuring new arrangements of pianist Randy Weston’s Afro-infused Jazz compositions.
Einsteinium Quartet to commission a new chamber work for saxophone quartet by Bay Area composer Mario Godoy, to be premiered at the Center for New Music in 2016.
Ensemble San Francisco to present two Fall 2015 concerts (one in San Francisco and one in Portola Valley) featuring the Brahms Clarinet Quintet along with works of Barber and Auerbach.
Jean Fineberg to compose an original work for Montclair Women's Big Band, an 18-plece jazz chamber ensemble, encouraging the community to explore the music of Jazzwomen In the Bay Area and beyond.
The Galax Quartet to arrange, rehearse and premiere a new version (for string quartet and keyboard) of American composer Carl Stone's neglected work, Hai Ky.
Ignition Duo to complete and release their debut album of music for two electric guitars, including works by local composers Nick Bacchetto, Ryan Brown, and Danny Clay.
Sascha Jacobsen to record his second album, Chamber con Alma, featuring his original compositions and arrangements with the Musical Art Quintet, focusing on a theme of the soulful, spiritual nature of music.
Erik Jekabson to record and produce a new CD of original compositions and arrangements for jazz quintet.
David James's GPS to record a debut album of the leader’s original works, for an ensemble of electric guitar, clarinet, viola, trombone, acoustic bass and drums.
Jewish Music & Poetry Project to record a CD of four works about the Holocaust for soprano, cello, and piano written for them by composer David Garner to poems by Jewish women survivors.
Heikki Koskinen to perform and record his arrangements of Nordic and Finnish songs with a new ensemble, Northern Winds and Voices.
LIEDER ALIVE! to commission three "neue Lieder" by Kurt Erickson to be premiered by soprano Heidi Moss on September 13, 2015, at their fifth annual Liederabend Series at the Kanbar Performing Arts Center in San Francisco.
Destiny Muhammad to score three Jazz suites inspired by Devorah Majors’ play Black Classics: The African American Voice in 19th Century San Francisco, creating a sonic celebration of Ancestors Mary Ellen Pleasant, William Alexander Leidesdorg and George Washington Dennis.
Real Vocal String Quartet to compose, present and record Audible Connections: RVSQ Sister Cities, a cycle of short works based on folk music and poems from eight San Francisco Sister Cities, including Abidjan, Amman, Assisi, Barcelona, Haifa, Osaka, Seoul, and Shanghai.
ROVA Sax Quartet to record and distribute an eleven-instrument structured improvisation work (an Homage for William Butch Lawrence) as well as three longer works composed within the last five years by Rova Sax Quartet members.
John Santos to compose and perform Porta Coeli (Portal to Heaven), named after the second oldest church on the island of Puerto Rico and dedicated to his great grandparents, employing traditional Puerto Rican rhythmic and stylistic elements.
Edward Schocker to produce the project Crossing with Ensemble Ak, investigating Shinawi, the ancient style of Korean shamanist improvisation.
John Schott's ACTUAL TRIO to complete and publicize its first CD of music for guitar, bass, and drums.
Shulman & Stephan to release the recordings of seven original songs by Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan, including both a jazz rhythm section and the Real Vocal String Quartet.
Switchboard Music Festival to present its 9th annual eight-hour marathon, featuring a diverse assortment of primarily local composers, performers, and bands whose music challenges traditional genre distinctions, on April 2, 2016, at the Brava Theater in San Francisco.
Telegraph Quartet to record and produce an online digital EP showcasing Leon Kirchner's String Quartet No. 1 and Anton Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet.
Vajra Voices to perform the medieval music of HIldegard von Bingen on July 31, 2015, featuring director and contralto Karen R. Clark and harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton, and make a commercial recording later in 2015.
Mark Winges to compose The Moon Dreams of Jacqueline, a new work for the Friction Quartet and four solo singers to be performed in the fall of 2016.