FACE Awards Twelve Contemporary Music Fund Grants

June 29, 2016 | By French Culture
Photos de la création à l'Opéra de Lille © Frédéric Iovino

In 2016/2017, the FACE Contemporary Music Fund will support a great deal of ambitious, high-quality contemporary music projects. Twelve were selected through a competitive process and each received up to $14,000 in funding, with total grants to all projects amounting to $100,000.

In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. The FACE Contemporary Music Fund is one of the most significant partnerships aiming to foster cultural exchange between France and the United States. The collaboration focuses on works of composers within the last 50 years, and is heavily predicated on unearthing new talents, as special consideration is given to projects involving the commission of new work.

Several of the 2016/2017 projects are commissions. FACE will fund a 16-month research residency for Keith Moore with the IRCAM Instrumental Acoustics Team. In November 2017, the Chamber Cartel & the soloists of Ensemble Fa will perform a new piece commissioned by French composer Philippe Hurel in a joint concert. In another project, French composer Vinko Globokar will create a new work for the Callithumpian Consort, to be premiered in Boston in October 2017. The Americas Society’s Music Program will commission an innovative project for Tatiana Catanzaro and other composers to create pieces inspired by Conlon Nancarrow that will combine computerized and natural instruments.

Indeed, many of the projects funded were selected because they aim to introduce French composers or repertoires still relatively unknown to the American public. Thus, in April 2017, Monday Evening Concerts will produce the first major West Coast presentation of Georges Aperghis’ music. Rising young French electronic composer, Sebastien Roux, and Belgian video artist Hans Op de Beeck were commissioned by Opera de Lille, to reenact the tale of Charles Perrault’s Little Thumb. Additionally, one of the most important events in the U.S. for Spectral Music French movement will combine Tristan Murail’s residency at the BU CNM with several concerts, public conferences and workshops in Boston with Joshua Fineberg, among many other important artists. The Yan Maresz Portrait Concert presented by Ensemble Mise-En in New York will bring further visibility to acclaimed French composer Yan Maresz in the US.

And some other projects intend to introduce and encourage American composers in France. For example, the Mona Bismarck America Center is launching a New American Chamber Music Festival. The inaugural Festival will take place in December 2016 and will feature a series of compositions by Los Angeles composers, both well known (Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinksy) and unfamiliar (Eric Whitaker, Ted Hearne, Julia Adolphe).

To learn more about all of the selected projects, follow this link.

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