“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.
The highlight of a year-long 25th anniversary celebration, Sruti presented two concerts that explored the confluence of Hindustani and Carnatic classical music.
Andrea Cooper is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
Susanna Sloat is a writer, editor, and arts consultant in New York City who has written about a diverse range of dance.
A choreographer best known for her work in contemporary Cuban dance, Boan shared her work with the Philadelphia community from 2005–10.
Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM Quartet has become known as one of the foremost chamber ensembles.
Over our first decade, the Center has been privileged to fund extraordinary work by our dynamic and talented community of practitioners. As we reflect on our history and set the stage for the future, we invite you to take a brief, retrospective journey with us through a lively video that looks back over this period.
Lauren Mabry unveils new ceramic works at The Clay Studio, David Scott Kessler screens his film The Pine Barrens, and The Wall Street Journal reviews Bo Bartlett’s exhibition at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.
Tristin Lowe is an installation artist and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, 2007 Pew Fellow, and the co-director of anonymous bodies.
This week, we speak to musician and composer Chris Forsyth, whose career remains devoted to his roots in rock music, while questioning and expanding upon them.
The Crossing commissioned composers Chris Jonas, Gene Coleman, and Gabriel Jackson to write new choral works based on poems by French-American writer Pierre Joris.
The PRISM Quartet presents new works composed and performed by Tim Ries and Miguel Zenón.