Composers Now is actively engaged in diversity, equity and inclusion
in all of its practices, initiatives and programs.

Tania León Awarded 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music

All of us at Composers Now celebrate Tania León, the organization's founder and artistic director, recipient of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her symphonic work Stride. Stride was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and received its world premiere in February 2020 as part of the orchestra's 19th Amendment Project.

Tania León
photo by Michael Provost


About Tania León

Tania León wins 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music | New York Times-June 11, 2021

Tania León | "Stride" | New York Philharmonic

July & August IMPACT Sessions

Derek Bermel Hannah Selin
Derek Bermel
 
Thursday, July 22
12-noon
Hannah Selin
photo by Vivian Sachs 
Tuesday, July 27
12-noon 
Orlando Jacinto Garcia Erin Rogers
Orlando Jacinto
Garcia 
Thursday, August 12
12-noon
Erin Rogers

Tuesday, August 24
12-noon 
 
All IMPACT events are FREE
 
Watch HERE
  
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.

2021 Festival

Composers Interviewing Composers

 
Composers Interviewing Composers enlivens the music of living composers through an interactive dialogue about themselves and their music. Each year during the Festival, events are selected for this program and is fully-funded by Composers Now. This year, the three Composers Interviewing Composers events are:

Parasonic / DuFord

Composers Concordance: Low Key Chamber Concert #2 - American Fever

Saturday, February 13

Milica Paranosic, voice and guitar
Brian DuFord, voice and guitar

Watch on our Digital Library


Composers Concordance: Low Key Chamber Concert #3

Schnyder / Pritsker

Saturday, February 20

Daniel Schnyder - saxophone
Gene Pritsker - electric guitar
  
Watch on our Digital Library


Harlem Chamber Players: 13th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Weston / Simon

Monday, February 22

Trevor Weston
Carlos Simon

Watch on our Digital Library

Composers Now 2021 Festival Opening Event

An Evening of Composers and Music
Streamed Safely to Your Home 

Saturday, January 30, 7:00 PM EST
   

Watch on our digital library

Joan Tower Paloma Alonso Anthony Cheung

Joan Tower
Visionary Award 

Paloma Alonso
First Commission 
Anthony Cheung
Composer
inti figgi-vizueta Donal Fox Alba Potes Pamela Z
inti figgis-vizueta
Composer 
Donal Fox
Composer 
Alba Potes
Composer 
Pamela Z
Composer 

 
For more information, visit the Opening Event page.

Composers Now: IMPACT 

 
Composers Now announces IMPACT. 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.

All IMPACT events are FREE!
Bill Banfield Susie Ibarra Angélica Negrón
BILL BANFIELD SUSIE IBARRA ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN

Susie Ibarra
Tuesday, December 15 @ 12-noon EST
Watch on our Digital Library
 

Bill Banfield
Thursday, December 17 @ 12-noon EST  

Angélica Negrón
Thursday, January 28 @ 12-noon EST
Watch on our Digital Library
 

 

ComposerCurator2020

   

Composers Now presents its sixth Dialogues, hosted by Composers Now Founder/Artistic Director Tania León. This series opens with inspiring performances followed by thought-provoking town hall-style conversations, a forum for meaningful exchanges of ideas between composers, performers and audiences. The event will be safely streamed to the comfort of your living room.

The program includes John King's "Centripetal Light," performed by violin duo String NoiseNicole Mitchell's "Interdimensional Interplay," performed by pianist Cory Smythe with Mitchell's pre-recorded flute; and Andreia Pinto Correia's "Cadernos," performed on vibraphone by George Nickson.

The performances will be followed by a discussion among composers, performers and audience.

A URL to the event will be included in your confirmation email after purchasing a ticket. You can also access the stream from the event page on Eventbrite.


 

ComposerCurator2020

 

Composers Now launches its newest initiative, Composer Curator, with Eleonor Sandresky hosting an evening of music streamed to the comfort of your living room.

The program includes Jessie Montgomery's "Rhapsody No. 1," performed by violinist Jannina Norpoth; Trevor Weston's "Shape Shifter," performed by cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach; Gilda Lyons' "hush," performed on alto saxophone by Carrie Koffman, and Lyons performing her work "Hydroxychloroquine."

Each performance will be preceded by a conversation with the composer and performer, and audience questions will be answered by the composers at the end.

A URL to the event will be included in your confirmation email after purchasing a ticket. You can also access the stream from the event page on Eventbrite.


 

Composers Now: Digital Library

Composers Now launches its Digital Library, a resource of Composers Now concerts and interviews from 2014 to the present.

As much of the world continues to observe strict social distancing, composers, performers and performing arts organizations continue to connect with their audiences through online streams, virtual concerts, and playlists. Our slideshow at the top of the homepage and YouTube playlists listed below this post showcase new music happening now.  

Our latest platform, Digital Library, hosts videos of past events presented by Composers Now.  Please check back frequently as we are releasing new content weekly.  We hope that you will be inspired and uplifted by these excellent offerings.

YouTube Playlists

Sound/Visions Playlist

Composers Now in Harmony

 
  

Composers, now is the time to share positive thoughts, suggestions, and insights into how we are all coping during these difficult times. We are posting personal, inspirational, and informative messages of solidarity, and you can help by sending a casual, uplifting, short video (cell phone quality is fine, even just 30 seconds) with a message for the Composers Now community to ashadduck@composersnow.org. These videos will be uploaded or linked to our YouTube playlist Composers Now in Harmony and shared on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and our website

Additionally, please send video links to recent performances of your work, as well as upcoming streaming events, and we will disseminate them on our social media platforms, including our YouTube Playlist Sound/Visions. It's a small gesture with great resonance during this crisis.


Be healthy, be safe.
-The Composers Now Team

Dear Composers Now family,

While social distancing may keep us physically apart, music still brings us together. Through the COVID-19 crisis, Composers Now is committed to sharing resources that help composers and their audiences stay connected. Please let us know if you are adapting to a streaming format, and we will gladly share links to your performances. We are also re-envisioning our communications and welcome your input as our community weathers this storm. Be safe and take care of yourself and each other during this unprecedented time.

- Tania León, Founder and Artistic Director, and the Composers Now Family

   

Celebrating the 2020 Festival

Composers Interviewing Composers

 
Composers Interviewing Composers enlivens the music of living composers through an interactive dialogue about themselves and their music. Each year during the Festival, events are selected for this program and is fully-funded by Composers Now. This year, the two Composers Interviewing Composers events were:

BMCC Composers

BMCC Composers: Compositions in Diverse Styles

Sunday, February 23
Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Marcus Balter leads a conversation with Joyce Solomon Moorman and Douglas Anderson.

 


Lay By: a chamber cantata

Lay By: a chamber cantata

Saturday, February 29
Church Street School for Music and Art

Dalit Warshaw leads a conversation with Edgar David Grana 

Celebrating The 2020 Festival Opening Event

Part II: The Conversations

Conversation 1 Conversation 2 Conversation 3
Conversation 4 Conversation 5 Conversation 6

Photos by Nan Melville

Celebrating The 2020 Festival Opening Event

Part I: The Composers & Performers

The Composers
Noah Becker Ilaria & FTM NiloufarAmanda Gookin
Noah Becker
Retumbra
Ilaria Loisa Hawley
Face The Music 
Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Amanda Gookin 
Darian Donovan Thomas Lisa Bielawa Robert Dick
Darian Donovan Thomas Lisa Bielawa Robert Dick
Carman Moore & Henry Threadgill Carman Moore
Carman Moore with Henry Threadgill, Robert Sirota, Tania León and Dalit Warshaw

Photos by Nan Melville

A Composer Puts Her Life in Music, Beyond Labels

A New York Times Profile of Tania León

  

Bernstein & León

Leonard Bernstein and Tania León
Photo by Jon Roemer, via Tania León 

In advance of Tania León's premiere of "Stride" by the New York Philharmonic as part of their Project 19 initiative (February 13, 15, 18), the New York Times printed an inspiring profile. With too many impactful quotes to post here, please read the article.

Composers Now 2020 Festival Opening Event:
An Evening of Composers and Music

Friday, January 31, 7:00 pm
National Opera Center: Marc A. Scorca Hall

 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor
(between 28th and 29th Streets)

Carman Moore Noah Becker Lisa Bielawa Robert Dick
Carman Moore
Visionary Award 

Noah Becker
Composer/Clarinet

Lisa Bielawa
Composer 
Robert Dick
Composer/Flute 
Ilaria Loisa Hawley Niloufar Nourbakhsh Darian Thomas Face The Music
Ilaria Loisa Hawley
First Commission 
Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Composer 
Darian Donovan Thomas
Composer/Violin 
Face The Music
Youth Ensemble 

  

For more information, please visit the Opening Event page.

  

Civitella XXV #24: Dialogues No. 5

Co-Presented with Civitella Ranieri

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:30 pm at Marc A. Scorca Hall At National Opera Center


Composers Now and Civitella Ranieri co-presented Dialogues. This evening featured Civitellian composers who have been awarded affiliated fellowships with Composers Now: Jane Rigler (CRF 2016), Darcy James Argue (CRF 2017), Pauchi Sasaki (CRF 2018), and Missy Mazzoli (CRF 2019). The program ran from 7:30 to 9:45, with a post-concert reception.

National Opera Center | Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | 7:30 pm
330 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001 

Dialogues 5

 ABOUT DIALOGUES

Composers Now's annual Dialogues event gives equal time to performance and conversation. Following performances of the featured composers' music, Artistic Director Tania León leads an audience-inclusive conversation in an exchange of inquiry and insights between artists and audience members.
 

ABOUT CIVITELLA RANIERI FOUNDATION

Civitella Ranieri is a residency program that has hosted over 900 Fellows and Director's Guests at its 15th-century castle in Umbria. 2019 marks Civitella's 25th year of providing a safe haven, hospitality, and sustenance for international artists, composers, and writers.

Ursula Corning established the Civitella Ranieri Foundation to carry on her tradition of hospitality and support for the arts. We invite you to celebrate this milestone by joining us at any or all of the 25 worldwide and online events planned for 2019. 

2019 Composers Interviewing Composers Series

Female Gaze

Friday, February 1, Fresh Squeezed Opera:
The Female Gaze

Composers Interviewing Composers at 8:00pm

Roulette (Brooklyn)

A conversation with composers Whitney GeorgeGabrielle Herbst and Gemma Peacocke.

https://www.composersnow.org/cn/2019/Schedule/the-female-gaze/

Saturday, February 9, Astoria Music Project:  New York State of Mind

David T. Bridges Rachel Devore Fogarty Brian Mark

Composers Interviewing Composers at 7:30pm

Art House Astoria (Queens)

A conversation with composers David T. Bridges, Rachel Devore Fogarty and Brian Mark.


NowNet

Sunday, February 17, NowNet Arts Festival

Composers Interviewing Composers at 2:00pm

DiMenna Center (Manhattan)

Composer Sarah Weaver will lead a conversation with composers Mark Dresser, Ng Chor Guan, Denman Maroney and Matthias Ziegler.


Pamela Z

Thursday, February 28, Musical Ecologies: Pamela Z

Composers Interviewing Composers at 8:00pm

The Old Stone House (Brooklyn)

Series curator Dan Joseph will lead a conversation with composer Pamela Z.


For more information about Composers Interviewing Composers, click here.

Composers Now 2019 Festival Opening Event:
An Evening of Composers and Music

Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm
National Opera Center: Marc A. Scorca Hall
 

Laura Kaminsky Gusti Komin Darta Major Scurlock T.J. Anderson
Laura Kaminsky
Composer
2019 Visionary Award 
Gusti Komin Darta
Balinese gendér wayang
Major Scurlock
Composer
T.J. Anderson
2019 Visionary Award
Website Website Website Website
 
Joseph Keckler

Yuri Lee

Yusei Hata Samuel Torres
Joseph Keckler
Composer 
Yuri Lee
Face The Music
Luna Lab Composer 
Yusei Hata
Composer
Face The Music
Samuel Torres
Percussion/Composer
Website Website Website
Luna Composition Lab Face The Music
Website Website


For more information, visit the Opening Event page.