416 Club Announces 2012--2013 Grant Recipients
What do a saxophone choir, Javanese gamelan, and spanglish have in common? Come to a new musical series hosted by The Cedar Cultural Center's 416 Club to find out! Starting in the doldrums of winter (January 2013), seven recently commissioned artists will take the stage to bring unexpected musical fusions and collaborations to The Cedar.
The 416 Club fosters local music in the Twin Cities and encourages collaborations between unlikely musicians working in diverse genres. In previous years the 416 Club has commissioned artists such as Aby Wolf and her electro-art-pop project set to dance, rapper Dessa and her spoken word project that fused together the classical influences of bass, piano, and flamenco percussion, and Zack Kline's aural thought experiment that captured video game sounds through a chamber orchestra.
Funded through The Jerome Foundation, The Club recently granted $2,500 to seven more Minnesotan musicians for this year's round of artist collaborations and musical experiments. Each recipient will create at least thirty minutes of new music to be performed at The Cedar. The series of performances will take place over the months of January and February 2013.
The following seven musicians were chosen from over sixty applicants:
Ted Moore (Jan 6)- Inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh, Moore is composing a piece for string quartet and live audio processing. He will be using SuperCollider, an open source programming language for processing live and recorded sounds. Moore is influenced by diverse genres of music, including the Romantic music of Beethoven, the musique concrete of Francis Dhomont, and jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Moore is currently exploring the possibility of incorporating an educational component to the project through collaboration with students in local English classes.
Nathan Hanson (Jan 13)-Inspired by Bulgarian choral compositions, Minneapolis native Hanson will be composing music for a seven (or more!) saxophone choir with elements of jazz, folk, blues, and electronica. Improvisation in many different facets will be incorporated into the performance. An accomplished jazz musician, Hanson has played with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Mark Dresser. Hanson regularly plays with his jazz choir called Fantastic Merlins. This project is an exploration and tribute to the beautiful and diverse instrument that is the saxophone.
Maria Isa Perez (Jan 20)-Through collaboration with Adriana Rimpel of the local Cuban band Malamanya, Maria will create five original songs that trace the Afro-Latina music scene in Minnesota. In order to accomplish this, the two women will journey to Puerto Rico where they will study music and then return to Minnesota to synthesize their two experiences. Perez frequently incorporates "spanglish" into her music to represent her dual heritages, both Minnesotan and Puerto Rican. An accomplished artist, emcee, and singer, she has already released two full-length albums dealing with the politics of cultural diversity in the Twin Cities.
David Gerald Sutton (Jan 27)- At just twenty years old, Sutton is composing and playing music to convey the experience of Alzheimer's disease. Using an electric string quartet, his original music will be paired with a light show and filmed to create DVDs. The money generated from the sale of the recordings will go towards Alzheimer's research. Sutton is currently studying music at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.
Miriam Gerberg (Feb 3)- Multi-talented musician Gerberg will be applying the compelling improvisation traditions of Turko-Arabic music with the shimmering sounds of the Javanese gamelan. This intersection of two worlds is new and uncharted musical territory which Gerberg will explore, along with the Sumunar Gamelan, Joko Sutrisno and guest Arab-American musicians. A well-established ethnomusicologist, composer, and founder of The Minnesota Global Arts Institute, Miriam teaches at Hamline University and has had her original music performed across the U.S., in Israel, Palestine, Holland, Australia, Japan, and Sumatra.
Pooja Goswami Pavan (Feb 17) - What happens when Eastern and Western music collide? Pavan's "Global Conversations" explores this idea. With the help of bouzouki player Greg Herriges, Pavan will fuse music from her native North India with other folk sounds hailing from The Middle East, Greece, Turkey, Japan, and Brazil. Pavan specializes in North Indian classical and semi-classical music and frequently partners with dance and theater companies such as Pangea World Theater, Katha Dance Theater and Ananya Dance Theater. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Minnesota and Macalester College.
Nicholas Gaudette (Feb 24)-Composing and performing three different pieces for the upright bass and accompaniment, Gaudette will pair each composition with a different style of dance. Each piece is a collaborative exploration with dance artists from a range of cultural backgrounds, and plays with different yet resonant approaches to time signatures, rhythm cycles, and musicality. Gaudette is well versed in matching music with dance. He recently collaborated with the Maggie Bergeron & Company dance company in Minneapolis as well as solo collaborations for performances at the Walker Art Center as well as Bryant Lake Bowl. He routinely plays bass with the Orange Mighty Trio but also dabbles in classical and folk genres. His piece will merge the visual with the aural to test the limits of the instrument and create a compelling new role for the versatile upright bass.
Cedar Seeder, a crowd-powered fundraising platform geared toward local Twin Cities music, will also be available to these artists for an additional outlet for raising money. Check back with The Cedar's website for further updates!