THE 2014 MUSICAL GRANT AWARDEES
African American Composer’s Initiative to present their 6th annual concert of music by African American composers at the Performing Arts Center of Eastside College Preparatory School. The music will include a wide variety of genres from classical to jazz.
Berkeley Choro Ensemble to commission ensemble member Harvey Wainapel, who will create a new work to be premiered as the grand finale of the Festival of Choro in the fall of 2014 at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.
The Bernal Hill Players to present “Neighborhoods of San Francisco and Mexico City,” an eclectic program of music from both cities, including two world premieres by Beth Custer and Gabriela Ortiz.
The Black Cedar Trio to record a debut album of published works that have not been commercially recorded as well as a new work by local composer Garrett Shatzer. The album will be promoted through a series of concerts throughout the greater Bay Area from 2014-16.
Ryan Brown to record “Our Friend Adam,” his breakthrough composition for alto saxophone, piano, electric guitar and bass, as a step in the production of his first full-length album.
George Brooks and Alam Khan to create “Ghalib”, a jazz composition for sarode, saxophone and tabla informed by the classical traditions of India. This piece will be premiered by the composer along with Alam Khan and Salar Nader at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley in early November 2014.
The Delphi Trio to record two live performances at the Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley during August and September of 2014. Repertoire will consist of works by Haydn, Schumann, Faure and Arensky.
Earplay to present the finale concert of its 30th anniversary season in May 2015, including the commission and premiere of a new work by Carla Lucero alongside works by Dohee Lee, Nicolas Tzortzis, and Henry Cowell.
Farallon Quintet to record its debut album, “Unknown Clarinet Quintets,” including works by Bernard Herrmann and Mozart with a recently commissioned work by Bay Area composer Durwynne Hsieh.
Firesong Ensemble to commission and present a new vocal chamber work by Bay Area composer Jen Wang in concert alongside works by Yotam Haber, Richard Pearson Thomas, Shulamit Ran and Ned Rorem.
martha & monica to present “Out of the Box”, a three-evening festival for cello and piano, exploring the world of colors, timbres and textures from the past 50 years. Featured composers will include Feldman, Scelsi, Takemitsu, and Xenakis.
Lisa Mezzacappa to compose and develop “avant-NOIR,” a new electro-acoustic body of work inspired by noir genre fiction for her experimental jazz quartet Bait & Switch. The work will be performed twice in the Bay Area in the fall of 2014.
Music at the Mission to present a 10th anniversary concert on the theme of “Fairy Tales – the Meeting of Music, Storytelling and Painting,” featuring works of Schumann, Ravel, Stravinsky and Prokofiev and living composers Bolcom and Deak, all connected by the theme of fairy tales. Painter Antoine Cavlier will create paintings inspired by the music that will be projected to accompany the performance.
New Esterhazy Quartet to perform the complete late Beethoven Quartet cycle on period instruments at Berkeley’s historic Hillside Club on August 14-16, 2015.
Nonsemble 6 to premiere two monodramas – one-woman chamber operas, with ensemble accompaniment – by composers Adrian Knight and Jonathan Russell in the 2014-15 season.
Outsound Presents to present the original creative works of The Emergency String (X)tet, Bill Noertker’s Obstreperous Doves and the Rankin-Parker/Pearce duo during the 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit in July 2014 in San Francisco.
Ricardo Peixoto to record his first full album as composer and bandleader, featuring recent compositions for mixed ensembles grounded in Brazilian jazz traditions.
Daniel Plonsey to compose “Strings, Union, Calculus,” for string trio with saxophone, mezzo-soprano and percussion. This set of pieces is inspired by the composer’s experience as a high school math teacher.
Potaje Ensemble to present a free concert with composer and guitarist Florante Aguilar, featuring two new works exploring the historical musical connections between the Philippines, Latin America and Spain.
Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble to record and perform “The Otherworld Cycle” with his Life’s Blood Ensemble. This collection of new jazz compositions and improvisations is inspired by the ancient poems of the Finish National epic known as the Kalevala.
Salon Classique to present the Tango Salon Project as the opening concert of their 2014-2015 season at the St. George Distillery. The project features Argentinian Tango for up to seven instruments as well as Spanish and French chamber music.
San Francisco Salon Series to present three multi-media chamber music salon concerts between August 2014 and May 2015. The publicly advertised concerts, taking place in private homes, are intended to bring together curious audience members who are more typically engaged in different artistic and technological disciplines.
sfSound to commission ensemble director Matt Ingalls to create “Hilbert Transforms,” a new work for chamber ensemble incorporating traditional and graphic notation, improvisation, and electronics. sfSound will begin workshopping the new piece in March of 2015, premiering the final version in August.
A/B Duo to present a concert, with high quality video documentation, of premieres and recently written works for flute and percussion at the Center for New Music with percussionist Christopher G. Jones as the A/B Duo.
Sonic Forest to present four free, public concerts with a wide variety of compositions and improvisations for oboe and piano at three community centers run by Homeward Bound Marin, an organization that provides services to the homeless.
Sounds New to present a retrospective concert including a new work, celebrating the 85th birthday of director and composer Herbert Bielawa.
Splinter Reeds to commission a new work for reed quintet by Bay Area composer Aaron Novik based on a Margaret Atwood quote.
Tangents Guitar Series to present a retrospective program dedicated to the guitar works of seminal American experimental composer James Tenney, culminating in performances in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
The Living Earth Show to record DANCE/\MUSIC, consisting of five electro-classical compositions commissioned by the ensemble from Anna Meredith, Daniel Wohl, Chris Cerrone, Jonathan Pfeffer, and Jacob Cooper.
Bill Horvitz to create six new works for the Skerries Sextet, an expanded version of the versatile jazz trio he leads as composer and guitarist.
Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival to commission composer Danny Clay to write a work for narrator and chamber ensemble based on Rudyard Kiplings’s “Just So Stories”. The work will be presented at the festival’s September 7, 2014 Grandparents’ Day Family Concert.
Voicehandler to produce a debut album of their collaboratively-composed experimental song cycle for voice, percussion and electronics.
Voices of Music to present four Bay Area concerts exploring 17th century English poetry, from Shakespeare to Dryden, through the music of 17th century composers from Dowland to Purcell.
Liam Wade to compose a new work for soprano, piano, and cello that Ann Moss, Steven Bailey and Emil Miland will premiere as part of a January 2015 recital in San Francisco.
Wild Rumpus a contemporary chamber ensemble, to present its fourth season opening concert in October 2014 featuring new commissions by Per Bloland, Ioannis Angelakis and Ruby Fulton.
Pamela Z to complete and release a CD featuring the world premiere recording of her 2013 chamber work “Carbon Song Cycle,” for voice and electronics, bassoon, viola, cello and percussion.