September IMPACT Sessions
All IMPACT events are FREE
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.
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
Week II: November 7 - November 12
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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!
||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."
"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