SFFCM proudly announces the 23 awardees of this year's Musical Grant Program, a funding initiative designed to support outstanding projects of Early Music, Chamber Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Music in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.






Anthony Brown to compose "Down by the Riverside: Requiem for a King" commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. To be premiered at the 2018 SF International Arts Festival by the Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream vocal ensemble with recitation by Dr. Cornel West.


Berkeley Chamber Performances to present the Thalea String Quartet in a public evening concert on March 20, 2018 at the Berkeley City Club as part of BCP’s 2017–2018 Season.


Black Cedar to commission Ursula Kwong-Brown’s "In Transit" for flute, cello, guitar, and electronic tape, incorporating the voices of Bay Area residents and their experiences as transplants from other regions and cultures. To be performed around the Bay Area in October 2017, February and June 2018.


Nathan Clevenger for the recording and production of a new album by the Nathan Clevenger Group.


Composing Together to present “My Words, My Music,” a concert series partnering composer/musicians Katrina Wreede, Moses Sedler, Sarah Zaharako, and Brendan Lai-Tong with Poet in Residence, Alan Bern, to be performed in libraries throughout the bay area.


Kristina Dutton with electronic musician Silvia Matheus to compose and perform “Horizontal Cobalt,” a musical reimagining of famed Bay Area artist Sonya Rapoport’s visual work.


Ensemble For These Times to commission and perform "Die eichne Tür” (working title) by composer David Garner for soprano, English horn, violin, cello, and piano. Preview and premiere performances in April 2018.


Erik Jekabson Trio to complete the production of Erik Jekabson's CD featuring Peter Barshay and Vince Lateano.


Amy Foote to produce “The Voice and The Machine” a concert program that examines the role technology has in our emotional well-being. Including the commission and premiere of Dennis Aman’s new work for invented instruments and five performers.


Galax Quartet to record works written or arranged for the ensemble including Robert Morris's "Radif IV (Galax Quartet version)”, Joseph Schwantner's song cycle "Dream Drapery: Thoreau Songs" and Marc Mellits's "String Quartet no. 2: Revolution." To be released with the label Music & Arts (Berkeley CA).


Aaron Gervais to compose and present a new piece for live electronics and a variable ensemble of 1-5 instruments, to be premiered by the Stenberg-Cahill Duo in 2018.


Guerrilla Composers Guild to present the Siroko Duo for its season opener, commissioning two new chamber works from local composers Nick Benavides and Michael Kropf.


Andrew Jamieson to compose and record a set of original arrangements that integrate experimental and traditional African American spirituals, in partnership with the Trouble Ensemble made up of San Francisco Bay Area musicians.


Jazz In The Neighborhood to present “Emerging Voices – Edition 1” a concert with three local rising jazz professionals—Ian Faquini, guitar; Erika Oba, piano; and Dillon Vado, vibraphone—and their respective ensembles—at the San Francisco Community Music Center, October, 2017.


Kugelplex to commission and perform “The Hungarian Gospel Suite”, a collection of traditional American Gospel songs set to original music inspired by Transylvanian Romany dance music, composed by Dan Cantrell and performed by the Kugelplex ensemble, featuring guest vocalist, Linda Tillery.


Lieder Alive! to commission and premiere four “neue Lieder” by Kurt Erickson, Composer-in-Residence, and three additional composers, to be paired with Lieder from the standard repertoire. To be performed by soprano Heidi Moss, mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich, bass Kirk Eichelberger January 2018.


Montclair Women's Big Band to record and produce the ensemble's second album, a collection of original big band tunes and arrangements primarily by women including ensemble members Ellen Seeling, Jean Fineberg, and Christy Dana and featuring many of the outstanding women jazz soloists in the Bay Area.


Nicholas Phan Recording Projects to record and film Ralph Vaughan Williams' vocal chamber works “The Unquiet Grave,” “Blake Songs,” and “Along the Field” performed by Nicholas Phan, tenor; Benjamin Beilman, violin; James Austin Smith, oboe; and Robert Mollicone, piano.


Pt. Richmond Jazz Quartet to record their debut album of 10 pieces in several different styles of music written and arranged by ensemble leader Emily Onderdonk.


Ratatet to record, mix and manufacture a 6 song EP of original compositions by leader Alan Hall, exploring, in a modern jazz context, the unique tonal possibilities of Bassoon, English Horn, Cello, Vibraphone, Trombone, Voice, Piano, Organ, Double Bass, Electric Bass, Percussion and Drum Set.


Rossorose Duo to present their concert project "Nocturnes: Nightfall Illuminated" and to commission Alisa Rose to compose "Nocturne for America" a piece to be included in the concert project.


Cookie Segelstein with Veretski Pass for the composition and CD recording utilizing formerly lost melodies of pre-Holocaust traditional, Czech-Jewish music. Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, and Stuart Brotman will create a program of music that combines traditional folk resources from Bohemia and Moravia with new compositions.


Van-Anh Vo to compose and perform “Songs of Protest” with her VA’V Ensemble of Vietnamese traditional instruments as the core sound, complemented by electronic music and Western instruments. To be performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in spring 2019.




The SFFCM Musical Grant Program is made possible through support from the San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, the Clarence E. Heller Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Since 2008, SFFCM has awarded more than $668,000 to help support 234 projects in the Greater Bay Area.






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