Grants

Color Theory

1/2: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.
2/2: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

The PRISM Quartet creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. For Color Theory, PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate the concept of “musical color.” PRISM will partner with PARTCH, an ensemble devoted to American composer and musical instrument builder Harry Partch (1901–74), and Brooklyn-based ensemble Sō Percussion, for Color Theory concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts will be broadcast live on WWFM and a follow-up audio recording will be available on Innova Records. The project will also include panel discussions that examine color theory across disciplines; a Harry Partch lecture and instrument-making workshop; a composer symposium at the Curtis Institute of Music; and family workshops at the Free Library.

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Václav Havel was a renowned playwright and political activist who became president of the Czech Republic in 1990, the country’s first noncommunist leader since 1948.

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Simon Dove is an independent curator and educator, and a co-curator of Crossing the Line, the annual trans-disciplinary fall festival in New York City.

Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director of early music ensemble TENET, is one of the leading voices in the field of early music.

Organization

Winner of two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, the Crossing is a professional contemporary chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally.

New York-based artist Demetrius Oliver’s Print Center exhibition consisted of live-feed video projections that drew from telescopes aimed at the constellation Canis Major.

Cynthia Oliver is a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”)-winning choreographer whose work has been presented nationally and internationally.

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Francis Davis is a writer and jazz critic, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Organization

Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with “a zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentations.”

Drozdowski, a curator of performance, will host European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career.

Pig Iron Theatre Company member Alex Torra talks about the experience of performing for Japanese audiences after premiering Zero Cost House in the United States.

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Jim Hinz is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

As part of its Then and Now: Jazz Cubano series, Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts Series hosts a tribute to Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie’s transformative Cubano-Be, Cubano-Bop.

In March 2005, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invited choreographer and dance artist Wendy Rogers to lead a presentation and town hall discussion for dance makers and cultural practitioners.

This month in Fellows Friday News: Alex Da Corte receives major media attention for his Easternsports collaboration at the ICA, Matt Saunders and Bhob Rainey are praised for set and sound design for The Adults, and much more.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, NewsWorks, and other outlets feature the Arden’s current production and the company’s unique approach to staging a Chekhov masterpiece.

Located in Elkins Park, Beth Sholom is the only synagogue ever designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam share their writings, created with Paula Vogel during the development process of Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq.

Vidyasankar, a composer, vocalist, and accomplished performer on the chitravina (a 20-stringed slide instrument), will produce a concert that explores the evolving continuum of South Indian musical lineage.

Grants

In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts commissioned the performance of a theatrical chamber work by Shanghai-born, New York-based composer and performance artist Du Yun.

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Tom Hanchett is staff historian at Levine Museum of the New South.

The premiere American Impresario article comes from one of the nation’s most adventurous radio producers, WNYC’s John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck, New Sounds, and the New Sounds Live concert series.

Founded in 1910, International House Philadelphia (IHP) presents cultural programs in the areas of music, exhibitions, and cinema—the latter being its flagship program.

A classical music composer and pianist, Michael Djupstrom (Pew Fellow, 2014) seeks to connect with audiences by bridging traditional and contemporary styles of musical expression.

Philadelphia’s baroque orchestra plays French orchestral music written for the theater.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Jamaaladeen Tacuma has been named as a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in residence, the 2013 Pew Fellow poets read at San Francisco State University, and much more.