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Jazz & New Music Grantees 2019

FACE Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., is pleased to announce twenty one grants totaling $172,700 in support of the 2019-2020 Jazz & New Music program.

The Jazz & New Music program–which merges two former programs: FAJE and New Music–is designed to encourage the creative and professional development of French jazz and contemporary composers, musicians, and ensembles in the U.S.

The following projects were approved for funding:

  • Creative Grants

New creation by Steve Lehman (USA); Matthieu Lasserre (FR); Kyle Austin (USA); Bamar Ndoye (FR)

American musicians Steve Lehman and Kyle Austin will collaborate with French musicians Matthieu Lasserre and Bamar Ndoye on a new creation combining modern jazz, experimental hip hop, French spectral music, and electronics.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
New commission to Betsy Jolas (FR-USA)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has commissioned French composer Betsy Jolas to write a new piece and to perform Nov 1-12, 2019 at the Symphony Hall in Boston. The composer will also lead a series of masterclasses at the New England Conservatory.

Yacine Boularès
New commission to Yacine Boularès (FR-USA), Nasheet Waits (USA); Maxime Sanchez (FR); Simon Tailleu (FR)

Joe’s Pub – Public Theater has commissioned Yacine Boularès to create a new album, exploring the connection between Tunisia and its Sub-Saharan African heritage. Entitled IFRIQIYA, the project will unfold in three phases: research, documentation and composition; recording; and live performances.

Ensemble L’Itinéraire
Co-creation with ICE Ensemble (USA)

Ensemble L’itinéraire and ICE Ensemble will combine resources and artistic experience to develop and present new works by French composer Franck Bedrossian and American icon George Lewis.

Wavefield Ensemble
New commission to Karl Naegelen (FR)

Wavefield Ensemble has commissioned French composer Karl Naegelen for a two-part project in New York City. Concerts will be performed in various venues to highlight the composer’s work. The ensemble will also perform pieces by French composer Raphaëlle Biston.

The Bridge
New creation by Raymond Boni (FR), Mai Sugimoto (USA), Kent Kessler (USA), Paul Rogers (UK)

For the new chapter of The Bridge, Raymond Boni invited musicians to explore the possibilities of an ensemble with no drums, all of them representing radical different artistic personalities. The musician will travel to Chicago and the Midwest to develop this project.

Clotilde Rullaud and Chris McCarthy
New creation by Clotilde Rullaud (FR) and Chris McCarthy (USA)

French vocalist Clotilde Rullaud will work with Chris McCarthy during a residency at the Cell to create a new project “Pieces of Songs”. Inspired by female poet Diane Di Prima, they will develop a shared repertoire in French and English.

Patrick Zimmerli & Thomas Enhco
New creation by Patrick Zimmerli (USA) and Thomas Enhco (FR), with Quatuor Morphing (FR), Reuben Rogers (USA), Eric Harland (USA)

Patrick Zimmerli and Thomas Enhco will work with French classical saxophone Quatuor Morphing, American jazz bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, for a cross-cultural creation named Messages. This project will be presented in New York in May 2020.

Emilie Lesbros & Rafaëlle Rinaudo
New creation by Emilie Lesbros (FR-USA) and Rafaëlle Rinaudo (FR)

Emilie Lesbros and Rafaëlle Rinaudo will collaborate during a two-week residency in Marseille at AMI Studio (Marseille Innovative Music Association). They will create a new repertoire and record an album.They will then go to New York for a second residency and a concert at Spectrum.

  • Touring

Ensemble Intercontemporain
Series of performances in California

Ensemble intercontemporain will perform a series of five concerts in June 2020 in California (festival to be announced). The ensemble will play creative programs combining existing and new pieces of its repertoire.

Ensemble Linea
ECCE Ensemble & Linea in New England

ECCE ensemble has invited Ensemble Linea for a tour including performances at Clark University
(Worcester), Brandeis University (Waltham) and the Boston Athenaeum (Boston) in April 2020. The concerts will feature the music of Erin Gee and Yu-Hui Chang, two leading female composers in the U.S.

Annabelle Playe
U.S. Tour

Annabelle Playe will perform her latest album, GEYSER, on a solo tour in Washington DC, New York, Memphis and more in November 2019.

Ensemble IRE
Series of performances and masterclasses in Los Angeles and Chicago

Ensemble IRE will be performing in universities in the region of Los Angeles and Chicago in May 2020. The ensemble will also interact with students in workshops focused on electronic music

Monday Evening Series
Series of performances in Los Angeles - Éliane Radigue: Leap into the Void

Monday Evening Concerts (MEC) will present a series of performances in Los Angeles with Eliane Radigue, based on her new works. Complementary activities will be organized, including educational workshops. Accompanying artists will be Carol Robinson, Hélène Breschand, and Louis-Michel Marion.

Illegal Crowns
U.S. Tour

The collective quartet Illegal Crowns brings together the NYC-based trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum with the French pianist Benoît Delbecq. They will be touring in June 2020 in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburg.

Bay Chamber Concerts - Mélanie Genin
Original works for harp

The program, with pieces by Christian Dachez and Pauline Kim Harris will be performed by French harpist Mélanie Genin. It will focus on the presentation of two works for harp and string ensemble.

The Jazz Gallery - Reverso
U.S. Tour

The chamber jazz ensemble Reverso, featuring French pianist Frank Woeste and cellist Vincent Courtois, will release a new album in 2020, followed by a tour in Denver, New York, Philadelphia and more.

  • Residency Grants

Samy Thiebault
Residency project in Miami (FL)

Samy Thiebault will be working in Miami in September to create the second chapter of his Caribbean Stories with American musicians including Dafnis Prieto, Brian Lynch, and Cuban musicians Manuel Valera and Yunior Terry Cabrera.

NOORG – Loïc Guenin
Residency project in Atlanta (GA)

French electroacoustic duo NOORG (Loïc Guenin and Eric Bouchard) will work at Georgia Tech School of Music, as part of the 2019 France-Atlanta festival. Activities include workshops and collaborative performances with students; free outdoors performances; and public lectures about the group’s electronic, improvisational, and graphic approaches to music making.

Dédé Saint-Prix
Residency project in New Orleans (LA)

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park will be hosting artist Dédé Saint-Prix, and collaborator Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes who will work together on a new project exploring New Orleans jazz and its connection to Martinique and creole culture.

Alain Bonardi
Residency project in Irvine (CA)

Alain Bonardi will undertake a one-month residency at the University of California Irvine to develop a research and creation program in the field of mixed music, in partnership with the University’s
professors and students.