Judd Greenstein is both a composer and music presenter based in Brooklyn, NY. His compositions are structurally complex and viscerally engaging for varied instrumentation. Much of his work is tailored to specific talents and abilities for virtuosic ensembles and solo performers. Among others, his work has been presented at the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, MusicNOW, the Bang on a Can Marathon, MATA,Wordless Music, the SONiC Festival, and Keys to the Future. As a presenter, Greenstein serves as the co-director of New Amsterdam Records/New Amsterdam Presents, a presenting and artists’ service organization that supports new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres. He is the curator of the Ecstatic Music Festival, an annual showcase of new collaborative concerts between artists from different musical worlds, and he is a founding member of NOW Ensemble. He is a passionate advocate for the independent new music community. Greenstein served as a 2014 Pew Fellowships panelist.
We speak to poet J.C. Todd, whose current work-in-progress is a collection of sonnets that “complicates and contemporizes the tradition of war poems.”
Painted Bride Art Center presented a theater piece compiled from the known works, unperformed stories, and unpublished diaries of the late legendary monologist.
As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater.
Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.
Made up of over 100 local Quaker Meeting communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Maryland, the Arch Street Meeting House is a regional hub for the Quaker community.
Pew Fellow and visual artist Tiona McClodden on creating work inspired by her lived experiences, why “honesty is perfection,” and more.
Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Pew Fellow, 2011) is considered a living legend among jazz circles. He is credited with redefining the potential of the electric bass.
Opera Philadelphia’s 2013 production of Silent Night received media attention in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Toshi Makihara is a 2013 Pew Fellow whose performance work effortlessly blends percussion with dance-like body movement.
Karina Muñiz is currently the political director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women based in California.
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts produced a series of programs of contemporary American music performed by the American Composers Orchestra.
This month in Fellows Friday news: King Britt is named a 2014 SPACES resident at the Village of Arts & Humanities, Marshall Allen celebrates Sun Ra’s 100th Birthday, and much more.