2016 Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship Grantees

On May 16, 2016 the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors met to review applications. The following grants were made through the Foundation's new Composer / Sound Artist Fellowship Program:

Fabian Almazan, New York City, received $20,000 to compose new work for his ensemble Rhizome in a jazz-rooted improvisatory context; travel back to Cuba to collect audio samples and experience traditional, folkloric music from the region of his birth; continue experimenting with ways to run acoustic instruments, such as a grand piano, through audio-processing software; and work with a piano maker to pursue his interest in updating the piano as a modern instrument, adding built-in pick-ups.

Joshua Clausen, Minnesota, received $20,000 to compose new works; do a mentorship with a professional sound engineer to create professional mixes of several compositions as a means of learning how to do this himself; hire musicians and record new chamber works at Minnesota Public Radio's Maude Miller soundstage; and purchase software and hardware tools for recording, mixing and mastering.

Shai Maestro, New York City, received $20,000 to compose and record a new album as a bandleader, expanding his current artistic practice beyond his trio work to include solo piano repertoire and a collaboration between his trio and several vocalists: Master Flamenco singer Rafael de Utrera, Theo Bleckmann, and three members of the Philip Kutev Bulgarian choir: Neli Andreeva, Kalinka Andreeva, and Tanya Parvanova.

Linda May Han Oh, New York City, received $20,000 to focus on her work as a leader and composer, mixing and recording a number of new works with various ensembles; study Korean traditional music, Janggu drumming technique, Rumba/Cuban folk music, and Chinese traditional music/Shuo Chang; and compose music for a new collaborative film project with videographer Bena Otieno Wandei.

Imani Uzuri, New York City, received $20,000 to do research and compose a multi-voice piece with instrumentation focused on the iconography of black womanhood, traveling to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean to research the various altars and cathedrals dedicated to the Black Madonna; further develop and compose a children's musical; and study piano, guitar and Sibelius software to deepen her compositional practice.

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905–1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.

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