In 2012 the Musical Grant Program awarded the following 24 ensembles, composers, and presenters $72,129.
Agave Baroque to record an album of works by Bohemian virtuoso violinist and composer Heinrich Biber, entitled “The Otherworldly Fiddler: the sacred and the profane meet at Heinrich Biber's musical table.”
Berkeley Chamber Performances to present the San Francisco based Lee Trio as part of its 2012-2013 season. The program will include the world premier of Laurence Rosenthal's “Heptad”
Bernal Hill Players to commission composer Guillermo Galindo to write a piece based on the theme “Neighborhoods in Mexico City”. These works will be performed, along with other Latin American compositions, in five different Bay Area venues.
The Beth Custer Ensemble to perform their original live music to a silent film score from the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival in August, 2012. The event includes pre and post concert educational activities.
Cascada de Flores to engage a graphic designer to oversee the production of a new CD, promotional materials and a new website. The CD will be used as a marketing tool for touring.
Cello Bazaar to produce two integrated food/music presentations (“edible concerts”) at the Brava Theater, featuring Solstice, Amy X Neuburg, and Hannah Addario-Berry in a performance of “Fill as Desired” for women's voices and live looping electronics, in collaboration with local chefs.
Clerestory to produce public concerts of “SeaSongs” that span the choral repertory of ocean and voyage-themed music in cross-promotional anticipation of the arrival of the America's Cup yacht races and the San Francisco Opera's staging of “Moby Dick”.
Composers, Inc to present the Cypress String Quartet for a performance of new American music by composers Elena Rueher, Kevin Puts and George Tsontakis as part of the Old First Concerts.
Dave Rocha Jazz Group to perform at five different Bay Area libraries where funds are not available to pay for performances, enabling audiences to hear high-quality jazz for free.
Gojogo to fund composition (by the four members of the ensemble) and demo recording fees for the first stage of their concept album project. The CD will help promote their music which combines Western classical and jazz sounds with the rhythmic traditions of India.
Kat Parra to record a CD, promote and present concerts featuring her composition - “Las Aventuras de Pasion” - a musical adventure combining voice, instruments and rhythms based on Sephardic songs.
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble to present, in fall 2012, performances of Kurt Rohde's “Artifacts”, a work scored for five musicians that addresses the passage of time, the reconstruction of memories and also features spoken and sung parts as well as projection of original images.
Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch to produce and publicize a new recording of original music and arrangements by Mezzacappa. The works draw inspiration from avant-garde jazz, garage rock and folk music of the French Caribbean.
Mill Valley Chamber Music Society to present the Ives String Quartet with cellist Bonnie Hampton during part of their regular series in March of 2013. The ensemble will perform Schubert's Quintet in C Major.
Music at the Mission to present Quinteto Quilombo in the concert “Tango Apasionado”, tracing the musical history of tango from its Buenos Aires roots to modern times.
Musica Pacifica to address its organizational and financial health by hiring consultants to update their internal procedures as well as help them assess their future with respect to fundraising needs for future projects.
Nonsemble Six to present Schoenberg's Pierre Lunaire with a slideshow introduction and projected subtitles, costumes, makeup, stage direction and lighting effects to present a complete staged, cabaret-like experience.
Outsound Presents to present the 11th annual Outsound New Music Summit, a week-long festival that showcases world premieres and exclusive debuts of innovative new music. They will present a world premiere by local guitarist John Shiurba and his 9:9 ensemble featuring Matt Ingalls.
Quinteto Latino to produce a weekend festival of Latin American classical music consisting of two performances, a panel discussion and a reception at Old First Concerts in San Francisco. The Musical Art Quintet will join Quinteto Latino to premiere a nonet by Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra.
Real Vocal String Quartet to produce a CD of new compositions and arrangements, documenting the artistic development of the ensemble.
Sqwonk to record and release an album called “Sqwonk +”, consisting of recent compositions by Sqwonk and other Bay Area ensembles, including, Amy X Neuburg, ZOFO duet, Nonsemble 6, the Living Earth Show, Real Vocal String Quartet and Rootstock Percussion.
Thingamajigs to present the William Winant Percussion Group to perform music by Lou Harrison on his original instruments in a special concert for the 15th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival.
Veretski Pass to commission ensemble member Josh Horowtiz to create a programmatic tone poem representing Easter European Jewish superstitions, interacting with ensemble improvisation. Material will be gathered from interviews with older adults who lived in pre World War II Eastern Europe.
Voices of Music to fund their “Great Artists” concert (part of their regular concert series) to be presented in October 2012, featuring cornetto player Bruce Dickey in combination with the ensembles' regular players.
ZOFO duet to commission Bay Area composer Kurt Rohde to write a 12 minute piece for one-piano-four-hand and a 1 minute amateur companion piece for the same formation. ZOFO will premier the pieces in 2014.