“My own compositions, with their emphasis on collective improvisation, are not intended to dispense with the individual solo, but to promote substance rather than obligation as a trigger for soloing.”
Jymie Merritt (b. 1926) is a pioneering bassist and composer who, over the last 60 years, has played with some of the most acclaimed American jazz and blues artists in history, including Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, B. B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Chet Baker. An early adopter of the electric bass, Merritt established the ensemble The Forerunners in the 1960s, and began developing work that brings forth collective improvisation within a complex rhythmic and harmonic language. Over the past decade, Merritt says the possibilities of digital composition tools have influenced his musical investigations. “The shift from analog to digital united the traditional instrument with the computer,” he says. “My interest is to provide composition prototypes that honor the past while envisioning an increasingly digital future.” A selection of Merritt’s most recent work was performed at World Café Live and broadcast on NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” in early 2016. The recipient of a Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Award, Merritt has been honored with a Living Legend Award from the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and the Performing Arts and the Philadelphia City Council (2013).
lê thị diễm thúy is a Vietnamese-American author, poet, and performance artist whose work explores the role of the body as the site of memory.
Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, produced a two-part program recreating a royal christening that occurred in Stuttgart, Germany in 1616.
One of three contemporary music ensembles in the United States that can scale up to a full chamber orchestra, Orchestra 2001 has presented over 80 world premieres.
Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, produced two programs that explored contrasts among Iberian musical cultures in the mid-17th century.
“I don’t think accessibility is something separate from excellence…it all has to be excellent,” says David Devan, Opera Philadelphia general director and president.
Anna Halprin is a pioneering choreographer whose work has led to a reconsideration of dance as an art form.
Originally commissioned by Mendelssohn Club, for world premiere performances in Philadelphia in April 2014, the Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Wolfe’s new work as part of the upcoming NY Phil Biennial.
Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity.
Founded in Philadelphia in 1980, Piffaro performs 15th- through 17th-century music.
Dr. Anthea M. Hartig is executive director of the California Historical Society. Previously, she spent six years with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Breaking the Waves, the world premiere chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek presented by Opera Philadelphia, has received extensive media coverage since its debut.
Jock Reynolds has been the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery since 1998.