CMA Announces Recipients of New Jazz Works Grants

Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire among awardees

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Wayne Shorter Quartet, Symphony Hall, Boston, Nov. 2013
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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

For more information on Chamber Music America, visit chamber-music.org.