Composers Now and The Baryshnikov Arts Center Co-Present Dialogues with Margaret Brouwer, Du Yun
and Esperanza Spalding

Hosted by Tania León, founder of Composers Now
Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30PM

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26 July 2016

Margaret Brouwer Du Yun Esperanza Spalding

In an evening of performance and conversation, Margaret Brouwer, Du Yun and Esperanza Spalding share their music and discuss their creative process as part of a series designed to showcase the diversity of living composers and create a forum for meaningful exchange among composers, performers, and audiences.

BAC Salon is a series of concerts performed in an intimate salon setting.

Henry Threadgill Awarded 2016 Pulitzer Prize

21 April 2016

Henry Threadgill, Composer

Congratulations to Henry Threadgill, named the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for "distinguished musical composition by an American." The composition is Threadgill's In for a Penny, In for a Pound, released by Pi Recordings. In making the award, the Prize Committee stated that it is "a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life."

Henry Threadgill has enjoyed a music career spanning more than forty years as a composer, lead and multi-instrumentalist. He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He co-majored in piano and flute, along with composition. Threadgill is a member of the board of directors of Composers Now and was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).

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New York Times on the 2016 Composers Now Festival

4 March 2016

... For a fabulous 2016 Composers Now Festival that included nearly 100 events featuring living composers throughout the month of February.

"This worthy festival showcases an eclectic range of composers..."

"...plenty of alluring offerings..."

"This festival celebrating contemporary music in myriad forms and styles continues to bring innovative programs to performance spaces all over the city."

Composers Now 2016 Festival Opening Event:
An Evening of Composers and Music

Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 pm at Tenri Cultural Institute

24 January 2016

Peter Van Zandt Lane Jeff Scott Steve Mackey Jin Hi Kim
Polina Nazaykinskaya Gustavo Casenave Alexis Cuadrado

Meet and hear music by extraordinary living composers including Peter Van Zandt Lane, Jeff Scott, Steve Mackey, Polina Nazaykinskaya, Alexis Cuadrado, Gustavo Casenave and Jin Hi Kim. Hosted by Tania León, artistic director of Composers Now, the evening includes tributes to John Duffy and Frances Richard, both named as recipients of the Composers Now 2016 Visionary Award. For Mr. Duffy, it is a posthumous tribute (see below). Ms. Richard will attend the event.

For more information, visit the Opening Event page.

Creative Residencies Initiative Update

21 December 2015

Composers Now is proud to announce that Jane Rigler and Darcy James Argue are the first awardees of Composers Now Creative Residences in partnership with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation's Affiliated Fellowship Program. Each composer receives a six-week residency at the Foundation's center in the Umbria region of Italy in addition to travel, room and board. Residencies will take place in 2016 and 2017.

Read more on the Creative Residencies page.