Our Creative Residencies provide composers with protected time for composing and with studio space in quiet, spacious settings. The residencies are awarded through a process of nomination by organizations participating in the annual festival and review by rotating panels of artists from our Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and Distinguished Mentors Council.
The program launched in November 2014 in partnership with The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which provides residency accommodations at their historic estate in New York's Hudson Valley. In 2015 the Composers Now-Pocantico partnership expanded to include artists sponsored by the Asian Cultural Council in collaboration with Composers Now artists. Also in 2015, Composers Now added a residency opportunity to the program via collaboration with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, offering awarded composers a six-week residency at the Foundation's 15th-century castle in rural Umbria, Italy.
"Civitella Ranieri has a long tradition of Affiliated Fellowships, but this is our first exclusively dedicated to music and composition. We look forward to the candidates Composers Now will identify, and to welcoming them to Civitella in the coming years."
- Dana Prescott, Executive Director, Civitella Ranieri Foundation
Jane Rigler is a composer, flutist, educator and producer. Her compositions include solo acoustic pieces inspired by language to complex interactive electronic works that pay homage to communities, language and the sounds of the environment, whether they be the natural world, animals or people and machines. Her work, While You Sleep, is a documentation CD that includes a sound installation made at the Chihan'an Art Project residency in Ohito, Japan in 2013. Her book, The Vocalization of the Flute, demonstrates new and ancient methods of singing-while-playing the flute. Her latest CD, Rarefactions, was released in fall 2015 on the Neuma Records label. During a Harvestworks residency, also in 2015, she created an interactive piece in collaboration with composer Elizabeth Hoffman.
Read Jane's reflections on her time at Civitella Ranieri:
"There are no words to express how deeply appreciative I am for this time, this magic place, this gift of integrity. The sounds, the textures, the light, the flavors, the camaraderie filled my days with a new sense of hope that we can all support each other's artistic vision to create a more harmonious world for all."
Darcy James Argue is a Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based jazz composer and bandleader. He is best known for his work with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society, with which he has released two GRAMMY-nominated albums and toured nationally and internationally. Argue has received commissions from the Danish Big Band, The West Point Jazz Knights, The Jazz Gallery and the Jerome Foundation, and fellowships from New Music USA and the MacDowell Colony, among others. In addition to Secret Society, he has composed works for chamber duo and string quartet, art songs for Newspeak and created arrangements for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. His CDs are available on the New Amsterdam Records label.
Located in a fifteenth-century castle in the Umbria region of Italy, Civitella Ranieri Center is a workplace for international composers, writers, and visual artists. Since 1995, Civitella has hosted more than six hundred Fellows and Director's Guests. In keeping with the spirit of its founder, Ursula Corning, and the tradition of hospitality and support for the arts that she established at the castle, the center enables its Fellows to pursue their work and to exchange ideas in a unique and inspiring setting.
"The Pocantico Center is a magical, auspicious, contemplative, joyous, and productive place to be creative. The culmination of my work with Composers Now and Asian Cultural Council has impacted on my creativity beyond my own expectations. Through their connection I collaborated with a new artist I had never met in my life and yet produced an amazing new project together."
- Jin Hi Kim, 2015 Composers Now Creative Resident at the Pocantico Center
Described as "sleek, new" and "hyper-fluent" by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and producer whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms.
Recent projects include "Media Control" recorded by Hub New Music, "Imp in Impulse" recorded by Barbora Kolářová, "Into the Anthropocene" featuring violist Jessica Meyer and cellist Dave Eggar, "Alpha" recorded by cellist Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird) on New Amsterdam Records, "Transition Behavior" recorded by the Shattered Glass String Orchestra, and "Empty Promise" an award-winning short film in collaboration with Four/Ten Media, Goldfeather and Robby Bowen.
As a keyboardist, Pascal has played as support for D'Angelo's Black Messiah tour and Clean Bandit's Rather Be tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively tours with jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Le Boeuf Brothers, the 15-piece gospel-funk band Jesus On the Mainline, and his piano trio "Pascal's Triangle" featuring bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Justin Brown.
Pascal's most recent awards include a 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Instrument Composition, the 2017 Cortona Prize, the 2017 Lake George Music Festival Composition Composition, a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University, the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize, and Independent Music Awards in "Jazz", "Eclectic" and "Electronica" categories. Pascal has also received commissions and grants from Lincoln Center Stage, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA. He composed music for the 2008 Emmy Award-winning movie King Lines and won first place in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. He is a Ph.D. candidate and Naumburg Doctoral Fellow in music composition at Princeton University.
Chen Yu-An is a famous singer-songwriter and actor. She graduated from the National Taiwan Academy of Drama's Taiwanese Opera Department and is in the masters' program in the Department of Art and Creative Industries, National Donghua University.
She has played leading roles in the Li Qingzhao private theatre troupe, Tang Meiyun, Guo Chunmei, Xu Yafen, Liao Qiongzhi Gezi Theatre Troupe and Heluo Gezi Troupe.
In 2015, she began to experiment with cross-border performances and music design. In the same year, she was awarded the "Best Personal Performance Rookie Award" in the 26th "Golden Award of Chuanyi." She has performed in more than 80 works and over 1,000 performances.
Erica Lindsay, composer, performer, teacher, arranger
Wangjia Zhaxi, dancer, choreographer, educator
Jin Hi Kim, composer and komungo player
Ji Chao, librettist
Aruán Ortiz, composer, pianist and violist
The Pocantico Center is the venue for conferences and meetings on critical issues related to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's mission. It also serves as a community resource and offers public access through a visitation program, lectures, and cultural events, as well as support to artists and arts organizations in the greater New York City area. The RBF's stewardship of the Pocantico Historic Area includes overseeing the maintenance, care, conservation, and restoration of the historic buildings, gardens, and collections of decorative and fine art. Located 20 miles north of Manhattan in the Pocantico Historic Area, The Pocantico Center is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of its agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.