Creative Residencies

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 Center Affiliated Fellowships

"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

2018/2019 Fellows:


Congratulations to our recent Creative Residencies awardees in partnership with the Civitella Ranieri Foundationcomposers Pauchi Sasaki and Missy Mazzoli. Pauchi will be in residence in 2018. Missy will be in residence in 2019. There they will meet a dozen other artists of myriad disciplines and have protected time to explore and create.

Pauchi SasakiPeruvian-Japanese composer Pauchi Sasaki weaves styles and disciplines in her creative process. Her work reflects a great interest in interdisciplinary research that induces the interaction between artwork, space, and audience. She collaborates actively with projects linked to dance, film, theater, installation and multimedia performances. As a performer and composer, she has been invited to several festivals in Chile, Japan, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Sasaki was awarded two "Best Original Music" awards from the XV International Latinoamerican Film Festival of Lima and the National Film Council of Peru. Pauchi graduated from the Electronic Music and Recording Media MFA program at Mills College, Oakland. 

Missy Mazzoli was recently deemed "one of the Missy Mazzolimore consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York" (The New York Times) and "Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart" (Time Out New York). Her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, Opera Philadelphia, LA Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Fringe Opera, the Detroit Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, JACK Quartet, cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Kathleen Supové, Dublin's Crash Ensemble, the Sydney Symphony and many others. Her second opera, Breaking the Waves, a collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects, premiered to great acclaim in Philadelphia in September 2016 and as part of New York's Prototype Festival in January 2017.  The work was described as "among the best 21st-century operas yet" (Opera News), "savage, heartbreaking and thoroughly original" (Wall Street Journal), and "dark and daring" (New York Times). From 2012-2015 Missy was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group, and in 2011/12 was Composer/Educator in residence with the Albany Symphony. Missy was a visiting professor of music at New York University in 2013, and later that year joined the composition faculty at the Mannes College of Music, a division of the New School. 

2016/2017 Fellows:

Jane RiglerJane 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."

To learn more about Jane's Civitella Ranieri Affiliated Fellowship, read her 2016 Europe Blog and listen to St. Christopher's shoulderswhich she composed during her residency.
 

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.

Civitella Ranieri Foundation

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.

Pocantico Center Residencies

"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."

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Jin Hi Kim, 2015 Composers Now Creative Resident at the Pocantico Center

2018 Residents:

December 2018

Pascal Le Boeuf

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

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.

2017 Residents:

Erica Lindsay, composer, performer, teacher, arranger
Wangjia Zhaxi, dancer, choreographer, educator

Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, composer
Ami Yamasaki, vocalist, cross-media artist

2016 Residents:

Sasha Zamler-Carhart, composer, singer, and early music scholar
Thanh Phuong Ngo, choreographer
Watch their video here.

Tonia Ko, composer
Yasuno Miyauchi, composer
Watch their video here

2015 Residents:

Jin Hi Kim, composer and komungo player
Ji Chao, librettist

Peter Van Zandt Lane, composer
Kate Ladenheim, choreographer

2014 Residents:

Mari Kimura, composer, violinist and researcher
Ms. Kimura created the interactive audio/video work Breuer Vivant during her residency.

Aruán Ortiz, composer, pianist and violist

Pocantico Center

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.