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CMA Announces Recipients of New Jazz Works Grants

Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire among awardees

Adam Rudolph
Wayne Shorter Quartet, Symphony Hall, Boston, Nov. 2013
Chris Lightcap
Sylvie Courvoisier
Ambrose Akinmusire

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, has announced the awardees of its commissioning programs for 2016, facilitating the creation of new works for small ensembles. A sum of $483,100 will be distributed to 21 ensembles via two of CMA’s major grant programs: Classical Commissioning, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

As stated in a press release distributed this morning, “The ensembles selected this year reflect the diverse array of styles performed by small ensembles in the U.S. today, ranging from classical/contemporary keyboard sextet to jazz piano-violin duo to traditional wind, string, vocal, and jazz quartets.” The grantees were chosen in the spring, by independent peer panels of musicians.

The recipients of New Jazz Works grants-including the grantees, composers and instrumentation-are listed below:

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet (Oakland, Calif.)

Composer: Ambrose Akinmusire

Instrumentation: Trumpet, piano/keyboards, bass, drums

Geof Bradfield Ensemble (Chicago, Ill.)

Composer: Geof Bradfield

Instrumentation: Tenor saxophone/bass clarinet, flute/tenor saxophone, alto saxophone/clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar/live electronics, bass, drums

Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman DUO (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Composer: Sylvie Courvoisier

Instrumentation: Piano, violin

Musae (Union City, N.J.)

Composer: Roman Filiu O’Reilly

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone/vocals, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion

Ryan Keberle and Catharsis (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Composer: Ryan Keberle

Instrumentation: Trombone/melodica, voice, trumpet, bass, drums

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Composer: Chris Lightcap

Instrumentation: Bass, saxophones, guitars, keyboards, drums

Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra (Baltimore, Md.)

Composer: Todd Marcus

Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, alto saxophone/flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures (Maplewood, N.J.)

Composer: Adam Rudolph

Instrumentation: Multiple percussion instruments, thumb piano, sintir, cornet/flugelhorn, multiple woodwinds, electronic keyboards, guitar, bass

Wayne Shorter Quartet (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Composer: Wayne Shorter

Instrumentation: Soprano/tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums

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