Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Education Benefit @ Birdland Jazz Club, 5.7
The Folklore of Roberto Sierra @ Tenri Cultural Institute, 5.16
Violists of the Azure Ensemble @ The Firehouse Space, 5.17
Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot @ IBeam Brooklyn, 5/16
John Miller Quartet @ The Cutting Room, 5/4

Announcing New Initiative To Be Launched in Fall 2015: Dialogues

Composers Now announces the launch of our newest initiative, Dialogues, a forum for experiencing new works and the conversations they provoke.
 
Dialogues features performances and the exchange of ideas between composers, performers, Distinguished Mentors and Advisors to Composers Now and audiences. The theme of the first series of Dialogues is "The Impact of the Arts in our Society."
 
The series opens this September in Manhattan and will expand to include events in the five boroughs. Watch the Composers Now website and social media for updates.

Spotlight on Presenter Partner Events in May

The Cutting Room presents the John Miller Quartet Plus Three on May 4 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature Larry Saltzman on guitar, John Korba on piano, Clint DeGanon on drums, John Miller on bass, David Mann on tenor sax, Joe Passaro on percussion and guest vocalist Vaneese Thomas.

On May 7 at 5:30 pm, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance presents its Annual Benefit Performance at Birdland Jazz Club. The concert will feature ALJA founder and leader Arturo O'Farrill and New York City's all-star youth orchestra The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. Proceeds will support ALJA's music education programs serving New York City youth since 2007.

IBeam Brooklyn presents Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot on May 16 at 8:30 pm. The group features Lina Allemano on trumpet, Ryan Driver on analog synth, Rob Clutton on electric bass, and Nick Fraser on drums.

On May 15 at 8 and 10 pm, The Jazz Gallery presents the Mike Moreno Quartet featuring Mike Moreno on guitar, Aaron Parks on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, and Adam Cruz on drums.

Keyed Up Music Project presents "The Folklore of Roberto Sierra" at the Tenri Cultural Institute on May 16 at 8 pm. Sierra's music has been described as "both approachable and challenging, where the ear is simultaneously aware of technical craft and an enormously appealing sonic surface" (The Kansas City Star). The concert will feature soprano Harolyn Blackwell and the Split Second Piano Ensemble: Robert Hidalgo and Marc Peloquin.

On May 17 at 6 pm, The Firehouse Space presents "Violists of the Azure Ensemble". Violists Anne Lanzilotti and Karen Ritscher will perform contemporary works for the viola, joined by pianist Karl Larson and composer Hannah Selin on electronics. Both Selin's Oflactory Bulbs and Wollschleger's Soft Aberrations were written specifically for the performers on this concert, and developed through close collaboration.

PIX/Channel 11 television reporter Joe Mauceri covers Innovative Women in New Music event

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The Cutting Room, NYC was the venue on Sunday, February 22nd for a tribute to and keynote address by Laurie Anderson - composer, performance artist, mentor and trailblazer. Also participating were Annie Gosfield, Missy Mazzoli, Martha Mooke, Angélica Negrón and Kathleen Supove. This event was part of the 2015 Composers Now Festival.

Learn more here.

Composers Now Awarded Transformative Grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Composers Now has been awarded a transformative grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for 2015. The support will allow Composers Now to continue to deepen its commitment to composers, both through the annual festival in NYC's five boroughs, and through the expansion of its current programs. The grant also allows for the possibility of new initiatives in support of the organization's mission.

Read the full press release.