Argeo Ascani is Curator for Music at EMPAC, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is one of few saxophonists to perform on the entire range of saxophones from sopranino to contrabass, and remains dedicated to performing new music. He has performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon at MassMOCA, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. For five years, Ascani taught in the Music History and Contemporary Performance departments at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his undergraduate and graduate education, and has given master classes and lectures in over a dozen countries. In 2015, he served as a Pew Fellowships panelist.
- Grants & GranteesBreaking the Waves
The world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier, tells the harrowing tale of a naive newlywed who has chosen to marry outside of her strict Calvinist community in coastal Scotland.grant-contentbreaking-the-waves
- Grants & GranteesPhiladelphia Real Book Concerts - New Music in Jazz and Blues
Legendary Philadelphia jazz musicians—including guitarists Pat Martino and Monnette Sudler, pianist Dave Burrell, and saxophonist Jimmy Heath—will headline a four-part concert series inspired by the first published collection of compositions by the city's jazz artists.grant-contentphiladelphia-real-book-concerts-new-music-in-jazz-and-blues