Greg Osby

2012 Pew Fellow

Greg Osby, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

“I have dedicated my career to creating work that is unpredictable and to inspiring musicians to hear and play in ways that are truly new.”

Greg Osby (b. 1960) has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz over the past 20 years, leading his own ensembles and performing with musical icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, and others. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby strives to keep his musicians on their toes and to entice his audiences, blending familiar musical components with more challenging and advanced concepts. He says he works to inspire musicians to hear and play in ways that are truly new, without resorting to automatic responses and stock phraseology. Osby is the recipient of numerous awards for his recordings and passionate live performances, including a Doris Duke Composition Fellowship and the Chamber Music America Composers Award. He is also highly invested in the survival of the art form, having established a record label in 2007, Inner Circle Music, which promotes new and progressive artists in the contemporary jazz scene. Osby hopes to host emerging talents at summer composition labs at his home in Valley Forge, and to establish a local music cooperative that pairs young musicians with experienced artists for fruitful protégé-mentor relationships. In May 2014, National Public Radio included Osby in its list, “Take 75: Great Solos in Blue Note Records History.” He has recently performed with Center grantee PRISM Quartet as part of Music for Saxophones: Heritage/Evolution, blending disparate saxophone traditions across multiple performances and culminating in a recording with Innova Records.


This Spanish-language, ensemble-devised performance piece will examine American privilege and the complexities of cultural identity, informed by Torra’s personal experience as a Cuban American.

Beijing-based artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen brought to conclusion a 12-year series of works with this exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

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The Crossing will commission seven of the world’s foremost composers to create new works, and will be joined in performance by early music ensemble Quicksilver Baroque and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Get a sneak peek at a rehearsal of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia for an introduction to the world of choral music.

We recap our recent gathering of Fellows, Rebecca Rutstein is selected for an “Artist-at-Sea” residency with the Schmidt Ocean Institute aboard the Falkor research vessel, and musicians Mary Lattimore and Chris Forsyth release new albums.

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M. Ho is a visual artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Swedish saxophonist-composer Mats Gustaffson leads the United States debut of Swedish Azz, an all-Swedish ensemble.

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Shanti Thakur is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

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Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.

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Eric Schoefer is a dancer and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

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Rea Tajiri’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) films straddle documentary and art film genres with an innovative approach to storytelling, which she characterizes as “personal essay documentary,” exploring the effects of political, social, and emotional histories within families and across generations.

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André Kimo Stone Guess is an internationally respected leader with more than two decades of combined experience in arts management, finance, and nonprofit executive leadership.