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21-U.S. Based Ensembles to Receive Funding for the Creation of New Works
NEW YORK, NY (July 13, 2015)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $475,000 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The ensembles selected this year reflect the diverse array of styles performed by small ensembles in the U.S. today, ranging from western classical to Cuban jazz to category-defying new music. Several feature instrumentation that bridges the gap between traditional classical and jazz ensembles, and between Eastern and Western musical traditions. Independent peer panels selected the grantees in each program in May. A list of grantees, composers, and instrumentation follows:
Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
A total of $277,000 was awarded to nine jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works program, which supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings.
Christopher Jentsch and the Jentsch Group No Net (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Christopher Jentsch
Flute/alto flute, clarinet/alto clarinet/bass clarinet, soprano/tenor saxophones, trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums, conductor
Jane Ira Bloom and the Jane Ira Bloom Quartet (New York, NY)
Composer: Jane Ira Bloom
Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone and live electronics, piano and keyboards, bass, drums
Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue (Bronx, NY)
Composer: Jen Shyu
Vocals/gayageum/moon lute/piano, bass, drums, trumpet, clarinet/flute/saxophone, string quartet
Jim Black and the Jim Black Trio (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Jim Black
Instrumentation: Drums, piano, bass
Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-uba (New York, NY)
Composer: Michele Rosewoman
Instrumentation: Piano/vocals, bata/congas, bass, drums, trumpet/flugelhorn, soprano/alto/tenor saxophones, trombone, tuba
Pascal Le Boeuf and Imagined Reality (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Pascal Le Boeuf
Instrumentation: Piano, drums, bass, alto saxophone, woodwinds, tenor saxophone, violin, viola, cello
Patrick Zimmerli and the Patrick Zimmerli Quartet (New York, NY)
Composer: Patrick Zimmerli
Instrumentation: Tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums, percussion, marimba
Rob Reddy and Bechet: Our Contemporary (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Rob Reddy
Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, guitar, bass, drums
Rudresh Mahanthappa and Indo-Pak Coalition (Montclair, NJ)
Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa
Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, guitars, tabla, drums
Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund
Twelve grants totaling $198,100 have been awarded through the Classical Commissioning program, which provides support for U.S.-based professional classical and world music ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of new chamber works by American composers.
Altius Quartet (Boulder, CO)
Instrumentation: String quartet
Composer: Michael Ippolito
Art of Élan with the Formosa Quartet (San Diego, CA)
Instrumentation: String quartet
Composer: Lei Lang  
Beijing Guitar Duo (Baltimore, MD)
Instrumentation: Two guitars
Composer: Chen Yi
Carpe Diem String Quartet (Lafayette, CO)
Instrumentation: String quartet
Composer: Reza Vali 
Ekmeles (New York, NY)
Instrumentation: Vocal ensemble (two sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)
Composer: Christopher Trapani
Haven Trio (Corinth, TX)
Instrumentation: Soprano, clarinet, piano
Composer: Jon Magnussen
Kenari Quartet (Bloomington, IN)
Instrumentation: Saxophone quartet
Composer: Corey Dundee
Mobius Percussion (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: Percussion quartet, with live processing
Composer: Jacob Cooper
Sō Percussion (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: Percussion quartet
Composer: Paul Lansky
TAK Ensemble (New York, NY)
Instrumentation: Soprano, flute/bass flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, percussion, plus live electronics
Composer: Mario Diaz de Leon
Wild Rumpus (San Francisco, CA)
Instrumentation: Soprano, flute, trombone, violin, bass, electric guitar, percussion, piano/synthesizer
Composer: Dan VanHassel
Yarn/Wire (Ridgewood, NY)
Instrumentation: Two pianos, two percussion
Composer: Alex Mincek

Chamber Music America, the national network of chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes and represents a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its grant programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine. Visit www.chamber-music.org.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s grantmaking philosophy is to build, strengthen, and sustain institutions and their core capacities.  It develops long-term collaborations and invests sufficient funds for an extended period to achieve meaningful results.  The Foundation currently makes grants in four core program areas:  Higher Education and Scholarship; Scholarly Communications and Information Technology; Art History, Conservation, and Museums; and Performing Arts.