In May 2013, the Musical Grant Program awarded grants of up to $3000 to 26 chamber ensembles and presenters.
Active Music Series to present a three night Active Music Festival in Oakland's Uptown Nightclub featuring the Oakland Active Orchestra. The Active Music Series supports non-traditional notation, conduction and other forms of large ensemble improvisation.
Addleds to present three concerts at the Lab in San Francisco. Addleds is an improvisation quartet consisting of oboe/English horn, contrabass, percussion and koto.
Asian American Jazz Orchestra leader Anthony Brown to compose "Our Eyes on the Prize: King's Dream 50 Years On" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speech”. The work will be performed by the Asian American Jazz Orchestra.
Dave Rocha Jazz Group to present five free jazz concerts at various locations throughout the Bay Area including parks, community centers, churches, arts organizations and public plazas.
Sheldon Brown's Distant Intervals to compose and perform a new one-hour work for six instrumentalists and one vocalist based on the surrealist poetry of local poet Philip Lamantia. The new work will feature vocalist Lorin Benedict.
Erik Jekabson to release his fourth CD "Rhythm is Our Thing: the Erik Jekabson Quartet with John Santos at the Hillside Club".
Grupo Falso Baiano to record a new CD of the original instrumental Brazilian compositions of founding member Brian Moran as well as works from the little known style of "Roots Samba".
Locaphonic to present Sqwonk (a bass clarinet duo), in a performance of works by Bay Area composers as part of "Between the Golden Gates", a dinner concert series at Bazaar Cafe.
Ian Carey Quintet + 1 leader Ian Carey to compose an extended multi-movement "Suite for Quintet+1" to be performed and recorded at the Jazz School in Berkeley.
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble to commission a new piece by Laurie San Martin. The new work will incorporate text from Roy Spivey, a story by Miranda July. They will perform the piece at Oakland Art Murmur, PARK(ing) Day, and First Thursday Art Walk.
Live Oak Baroque Orchestra to record and produce their debut album, Concertos for a Winter’s Evening, featuring works centered around the themes of “winter” and “tempest”.
Melody of China to launch a PR and marketing campaign for a concert celebrating their 20th anniversary in December 2013. The concert will feature traditional Chinese music on traditional instruments as well as a retrospective of select contemporary works from the last 20 years.
Miguel Martinez y Corazon Sur to record songs by Mexican composers who are well-known in Latin America but not in the United States. They will record these songs as Latin Jazz arrangements. Some of the composers include Agustin Lara, Mario Ruiz Armengol, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, and Maria Griver among others.
Mobius Trio to produce its second full- length studio album featuring all new works from composers throughout the Bay Area commissioned by the ensemble.
Musical Art Quintet leader Sascha Jacobsen to compose a new work for dectet (2 violin, viola, cello bass, flute, clarinet, French horn, tenor sax, baritone sax) for the Musical Art Quintet in collaboration with five well-known improvisational instrumentalists. The work will be performed at the second annual Classical Revolution Music Festival in the fall of 2013.
New Keys, to commission Luciano Chessa to compose a work that will showcase the collective efforts of the six pianists who make up New Keys. The commission is honor of the ensemble’s10th anniversary.
Noe Valley Chamber Music to present the Lee Trio performing works by Ravel, Beethoven and Smetana, as part of its 2013-2014 season’s Osher Inside-Out concert series with a pre-concert talk by musicologist Kai Christiansen.
Passamezzo Moderno to record and produce a CD of previously unknown 17th century instrumental music by Johann Michael Nicolai. The CD will include 8 trio sonatas from Nicolai’s Erster Teil Instrumentalishcer Sachen in addition to quartet sonatas by three of his contemporaries.
Ramon and Jessica composers Dina Maccabee and Jesse Olsen Bay to compose a new vocal chamber work based on the 1939 children's book, The World is Round. The ensemble will perform the new work with other guest artists at the Songbird Festival in early 2014 at the Community Music Center in San Francisco.
Redwood Arts Council to present the Real Vocal String Quartet in their "Chamber Music Occidental" series. The artists will present a program designed to build a bridge between traditional classic chamber music audiences and younger more diverse audiences.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival to commission Robert Strizich to create a new work for the festival's resident early instrument ensemble Lux Musica, to be performed in a public concert in the spring of 2014 at the festival.
The Farallon Recorder Quartet to develop and present a program for recorder quartet of music from Spain and Colonial era South America in collaboration with recorder player Claudia Liliana Gantivar.
Thingamajigs Performance Group to collaborate with Korean-American performance artist and writer Sasha Horn to create and perform a new, multidisciplinary performance work entitled “Solvitur Ambulando” (it is solved by walking).
VidyA saxophonist/composer Prasant Radhakrishnan to compose a new work that combines American jazz and South Indian classical traditions to be performed at various venues in Fall 2013.
Vijay Anderson's Touch and Go Sextet to mix and master a live recording of Anderson's compositions from their performance at the Novara Jazz Festival in Italy in 2012.
Wooden Fish Ensemble to commission Korean born composer Hyo-shin Na to write two pieces for koto (Japanese zither) and kayageum (Korean zither) to be performed at Old First Concerts in February 2014.
We would especially like to thank the San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, the Clarence E. Heller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation for supporting these dynamic musical activities and creating countless opportunities for audiences to be enriched by the results of these projects.