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September IMPACT Sessions

Faye-Ellen Silverman Earl Maneein

Faye-Ellen Silverman
September 8
7pm (EDT)

Earl Maneein

September 29
7pm (EDT) 

All IMPACT events are FREE
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Composers Now launched IMPACT in December 2020. Each installment in this series offers a composer the opportunity to reflect on one's creativity, influences, pathways, and responsibility as a living artist in our ever-changing world. Designed for the virtual space, every session shares a composer's essential thoughts directly with you, the audience, in the safety and comfort of your own place.
These commentaries, interwoven with performance videos and other materials, articulate a creator's IMPACT.

Cheswatyr Commissions

Cece Wasserman
Cheswatyr Commissions is created and produced by Composers Now with underwriting from the Cheswatyr Foundation. The award commemorates Cece Wasserman (picture) and foregrounds her legacy of empowering living composers in substantive ways. Cece was a passionate arts philanthropist and untiring advocate for the composers of our time. Under her leadership, the Foundation commissioned works from a stellar list of composers including Missy Mazzoli, Arlene Sierra and Julia Wolfe.
Niloufar Nourbakhsh
 is the inaugural composer to receive a Cheswatyr Commission, and The International Contemporary Ensemble offers the world premiere of C Ce See.

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 7:30PM at NYU Skirball
Nourbakhsh received mentoring from composer Suzanne Farrin during the composition process and a high-quality recording for her use going forward.
Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Suzanne Farrin
Suzanne Farrin
The new piece is part of a full evening of works chosen jointly by ICE and the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA), centered on the theme of Peyvand (پیوند), the Persian word for Connectivity.
The program also features works by Golfam Khayam, Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, Nasim Khorassani, Nina Barzegar, Anahita Abbasi, Bahar Royaee, and Aida Shirazi. 

2022 Pocantico Residencies

The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Asian Cultural Council and Composers Now announce the Fall 2022 Collaborative Creative Residencies. During the first half of November in two consecutive weeks, composers, chosen through a jury process administered by Composers Now, will be paired with Fellows from the Asian Cultural Council. During each seven-day residency, two artists will meet, reside on the campus of the Center and explore their combined forms and aesthetic approaches to conceive a joint project. Each pair will enjoy the natural environment and sculpture garden at the Center during their stays and share meals and conversation as they explore new artistic pathways. Each pair will offer a work-in-progress showing for an invited audience and videographer Tatyana Tetenbaum will produce a short documentary on the artists' journey together. The documentaries will be featured in the opening event of the Composers Now 2023 Festival in late January (date TBD).

Week I: October 31 - November 5

inti figgis-vizueta Wu Chien-Wei
inti figgis-vizueta Wu Chien-Wei

Week II: November 7 - November 12

Selma Savolainen Cheuk Wing Nam
Selma Savolainen Cheuk Wing Nam



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Kennedy Center Honors Tania León 

The entire Composers Now Community celebrates TANIA LEÓN on being named a recipient of the 2022 Kennedy Center Honors!

Kennedy Center Honors Tania León
photo by Gail Hadani

Kennedy Center 2022 Honors

A gala on December 4 at the 45th annual Kennedy Center Honors celebrates the legendary Gladys Knight; the actor and filmmaker George Clooney; the contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Amy Grant; the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León and the band U2.

"Little did I imagine when studying in La Habana that life was going to grace me with such a distinction! My first thoughts went to my ancestors: they believed in my dreams, and what we lacked in material wealth, they made up for in spirit, encouragement, and support. My heartfelt thanks go to the many people who have blessed my path by helping my talent to blossom and by giving me the chance to be heard. I am incredibly humbled to join such a
prestigious family of artists, and deeply grateful to the Kennedy Center for bestowing me with this incredible honor."
     –Tania León  
"In each case, these are artists who are doing more than being performers. They are artists as citizens who are giving back and making the world a better place through art. It's about art for life's sake. These artists are a mirror to who we are."
     -- Deborah Rutter, President, Kennedy Center

Read more about the Kennedy Center 2022 Kennedy Center honorees
The New York Times
National Public Radio
The Washington Post
Associated Press