OpenICE @ Abrons Center
Rufus Reid Big Band @ Jazz Standard
Amina Claudine Myers Trio / Thurman Barker's Strike Force @ Roulette
Get Classical @ Zinc
Guy Davis Trio @ Hostos Center

Wednesday, February 25: PIX/Channel 11 television reporter Joe Mauceri covers Innovative Women in New Music event

Watch the story on the Channel 11 website!

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: /cn/schedule/the_cutting_room_presents_innova/

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.

The Composers Now Festival celebrates and honors living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their contributions to the cultural fabric of our society. Presented collaboratively with organizations throughout the five boroughs during the month of February, the festival features a broad spectrum of performances in concert halls, jazz clubs, opera stages, experimental and non-traditional spaces, conservatories and museums. Featured composers are in attendance at all events, participating in concerts, lectures and panels designed to put a public face on the art form that captures the vitality and innovations that composers of all genres bring to our communities.

Read the full press release.

Composers Now Festival Kick Off Event @ the cell

Including Performances, Composer Dialogues, and Much More

Event Poster

Friday, January 30th
Sessions at 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm

the cell, A 21st Century Salon
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY


TICKETS FOR ONE OR BOTH SESSIONS NOW AVAILABLE! Click here for details on composer/performer order for each session and to purchase tickets online.

The evening @ the cell is hosted by Tania León, founder and artistic director of Composers Now, and features the following composers, works and performers:

Harry Einhorn

Seven Line Supplication to Guru Rinpoche

C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective

Composer's Photograph

Reena Esmail

Anjuman Songs


Annie Rosen, mezzo soprano; Shunori Ramanathan, narrator; Fiona Last, English horn; Paul Kerekes, piano

Composer's Photograph

Joseph N. Rubinstein

Four Bright Seasons (excerpts)

C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective

Composer's Photograph

Joshua Fineberg


Marilyn Nonken, piano

Composer's Photograph

Kevin Norton

I Dig Facts Man

Ensemble 50: Mary Rowell, violin; Jim Pugliese, percussion; Kevin Norton, percussion; Eleonor Sandresky, piano

Composer's Photograph

João Luiz

Todas as Manhas (All the Mornings)

João Luiz, Francisco Roldán, Ana Maria Rosado

Composer's Photograph

Shirish Korde


Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello; Jonathan Hess, vibraphone; Amit Kavthekar, tabla

Composer's Photograph

Mari Kimura

Breuer Vivant (Breuer Living), world premiere

violin & interactive computer

Composer's Photograph

Alex Mincek

Out of Thin Air

Queens College New Music Ensemble:

Patrick Kennedy, Richard Weismantel, Ching-Yu Huang, Percussion

Michael Lipsey, Director

Composer's Photograph


Beatbox, world premiere

Composer's Photograph

Eleonor Sandresky

A Summer Evening

Ensemble 50:

Mary Rowell, violin; Jim Pugliese, percussion; Kevin Norton, percussion; Eleonor Sandresky, piano

Composer's Photograph

Richard Pearson Thomas

Blood of Angels
Composer-Librettist: Richard Pearson Thomas
Angela L. Owens, soprano
Richard Pearson Thomas, piano
Composer's Photograph

David Virelles

Èfé: Doce Piezas Cubanas Para Piano (12 Cuban piano pieces)

Román Díaz, bonkó enchemiyá (Abakuá percussion)
David Virelles, piano

Composer's Photograph

Erin Rogers

Urban Composites
(two movements)

New Thread Saxophone Quartet:
Geoff Landman, soprano saxophone
Kristen McKeon, alto saxophone
Erin Rogers, tenor saxophone
Zach Herchen, baritone saxophone
Composer's Photograph

Pat Muchmore

Hyperoperator 3

New Thread Quartet: Geoffrey Landman, soprano saxophone;Kristen McKeon, alto saxophone; Erin Rogers, tenor saxophone; Zach Herchen, baritone saxophone

Composer's Photograph

the cell

@the cell, a Twenty First Century Salon, creating works to mine the mind, pierce the heart, and awaken the soul. the cell is a not-for-profit collective for artists to incubate and present new work.

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Registration Open For February 2015 Composers Now Festival For Events In The Five Boroughs Of New York City

If you are planning or participating in, producing and/or sponsoring an event featuring a living composer(s) in attendance, please register your event now. Events include performances, open rehearsals, symposiums, forums and lectures. Multi-media and non-traditional performance venues welcome.

Download the Registration Form Here

The Composers Now Festival will include your event in its calendar, social media and press for February 2015.

Contact Tania León at to discuss or schedule lectures, forums, symposiums or special projects.

Contact Amy Frawley at or 917.847.3551 with registration questions.

Presenter Partners

Composers Now announces a collaborative initiative with presenters across the five boroughs of New York City to generate greater visibility for living composers throughout the year.