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In 2008 the Musical Grant Program awarded the following 23 ensembles, composers, and presenters $63,000.


21 Grand Arts Group Inc. to present a 60-minute work-in-progress for a 10-piece chamber group by Oakland composer Weasel Walter.  The performance will take place at The Uptown Nightclub in Oakland, as part of a new monthly avant-garde series curated and co-presented by 21 Grand.

Adorno Ensemble to present the Gallery Sessions Radio Show, a live radio broadcast concert series with talks by artists, bringing live performances of new music to a broader audience. Presented primarily at art galleries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, performers present their music in a larger artistic context, making connections between music, art, literature, and other media.

Amy X Neuburg & the Cello ChiXtet to  perform a special one-time concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to celebrate their CD release of The Secret Language of Subways—a song cycle by Neuburg for voice, three cellos, and live electronics.

Ben Goldberg Quintet to commission Ben Goldberg to compose a quintet, Orphic Machine, based on Summa Lyrica: A Primer of the Commonplaces in Speculative Poetics, by Allen Grossman. Summa Lyrica is an illumination of the existential and philosophical workings of poetic structure in relation to the development of consciousness through the interaction of art, language, and culture.

ChamberMix to perform its New and Unusual Music Concert as part of the Grace Lutheran Church Concert Series in Palo Alto and at the Christian Science Organization at the University in Berkeley. The concert will feature guest soprano Christa Pfeiffer in the legendary Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg, as well as new works by Bay Area composers Janis Mercer, John Bilotta, and Alexis Alrich.

Clarinet Thing to commission Beth Custer to compose a suite of new music entitled Buckminsterfullerene for the jazz quartet Clarinet Thing, a chamber quartet of jazz clarinetists featuring Sheldon Brown, Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, Harvey Wainapel. Each movement will feature a disparate clarinet and will reflect upon Buckminster Fuller’s philosophies and inventions.  The work will be premiered and recorded in San Francisco in 2009.

Classical Revolution to present a concert series featuring independent artists at alternative venues such as bars, clubs, cafes, and art galleries.

Composers Inc. to present a concert of the winning compositions of their annual Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award, as well as a 20th-century classic and two unusual works featuring saxophones. This performance will include the eminent Stanford Woodwind Quintet as their guest ensemble.

Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet to create high-quality audio and video recordings of a substantial portion of the current original Edmund Welles repertoire over the course of one weekend of performances.

Gojogo to perform live scores to films from the compilation Masters of Russian Animation. The music will be collaboratively composed by Gojogo quartet and guitarist Roger Reidlbauer. Additional musicians include Patrick Farrell on accordion, Tim Strand on drums, and Aaron Novik on bass clarinet.

Hemispheres, a World-infused Jazz quintet led by percussionist Ian Dogole, to present a tribute concert, honoring the musical legacy of trumpeter/composer Woody Shaw. This special event will take place at the historic Hillside Club in Berkeley. Musicians include Ian Dogole on global percussion, Sheldon Brown on woodwinds, Frank Martin on piano, and Sam Bevan on double bass.

Kyle Bruckmann to perform three concerts and lead two free workshops for music students with Wrack—an ongoing project in the Creative Music tradition, at the intersection between the classical and the jazz avant-garde. One concert will feature a large-scale new work developed in collaboration with local ensemble and new music pioneers ROVA

martha & monica to produce a PR and marketing package including a CD recorded at Skywalker Ranch. The music will include repertoire form their first three seasons including Beethoven, Carter, Poulenc and Boulanger.

Musae to produce a 5th anniversary celebration concert that redefines the art of vocal chamber music and reengages audiences with the expressive, multifaceted nature of women’s voices in performance. During this concert, the group will premier three original works and will debut six new arrangements for chamber voices and a bossa nova quintet.

New Esterhazy Quartet to record, edit, produce, and distribute a studio-quality CD recording of Haydn string quartets using original 18th-century handwritten and print sources found in North America. Featured works will include quartets from opus 2, opus 17, opus 20, and opus 77.

Picasso Quartet to coach with local artists and fund concerts in the Bay Area in order to further the artistic development and career of this emerging ensemble.

Quinteto Latino to record, produce, and promote a full-length CD Musica Mexicana Ayer & Ahora: Mexican Music Yesterday and Today of classical music by composers of Mexican origin. With the completion of this project, Quinteto Latino will build on its seven-year track record of performance, presentation, and advocacy of Latin American classical music.

sfSound to invite three well-known international ensembles (the international nothing, the Le Quan Ninh & Michael Doneda Duo, and the Domenico Sciajno/Gene Coleman/Marina Peterson Trio) to present their own repertoire, as well as collaborating and creating improvisatory works with sfSound on the 2008 sfSound microFestival: New and Improvised Music from San Francisco and Beyond.

Sunset Concerts to increase visibility for their chamber music series, by presenting the St. Lawrence String Quartet, during the 2009 season at Saint Luke’s Church in downtown Los Gatos.

Teslim to produce Project Tarab: Old and New Music for Folk String Quartet featuring violinist/composer Kaila Flexer and multi-instrumentalist/composer Gari Hegedus performing new works by Teslim as well as Greek and Turkish repertoire, including compositions by Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma who reside in Greece.

The Lee Trio to complete the commissioning of a piano trio by San Franciscan composer Nathaniel Stookey and present its world premier in San Francisco before touring the work internationally.

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble to perform two concerts of Schubert’s Trout and two commissioned pieces by Yu-Hui Chang and Eric Wrubble continuing the ensemble’s mission of presenting new music alongside familiar masterworks to demonstrate the connection between old and new chamber music. This project includes a pre-concert radio broadcast and a composer-led seminar in San Francisco for composers and the public.

The Nice Guy Trio to present a second season of the Root Exchange concert series.  Each concert is a collaborative effort between the Nice Guy Trio and a diverse collection of guest artists from contrasting musical backgrounds. The series, which will include many new, original compositions, will culminate in a final concert at the De Young Museum featuring all the guest artists together with the trio.





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