2016 Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship Grantees

On May 16, 2016 the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors met to review applications. The following grants were made through the Foundation's new Composer / Sound Artist Fellowship Program:

Fabian Almazan, New York City, received $20,000 to compose new work for his ensemble Rhizome in a jazz-rooted improvisatory context; travel back to Cuba to collect audio samples and experience traditional, folkloric music from the region of his birth; continue experimenting with ways to run acoustic instruments, such as a grand piano, through audio-processing software; and work with a piano maker to pursue his interest in updating the piano as a modern instrument, adding built-in pick-ups.

Joshua Clausen, Minnesota, received $20,000 to compose new works; do a mentorship with a professional sound engineer to create professional mixes of several compositions as a means of learning how to do this himself; hire musicians and record new chamber works at Minnesota Public Radio's Maude Miller soundstage; and purchase software and hardware tools for recording, mixing and mastering.

Shai Maestro, New York City, received $20,000 to compose and record a new album as a bandleader, expanding his current artistic practice beyond his trio work to include solo piano repertoire and a collaboration between his trio and several vocalists: Master Flamenco singer Rafael de Utrera, Theo Bleckmann, and three members of the Philip Kutev Bulgarian choir: Neli Andreeva, Kalinka Andreeva, and Tanya Parvanova.

Linda May Han Oh, New York City, received $20,000 to focus on her work as a leader and composer, mixing and recording a number of new works with various ensembles; study Korean traditional music, Janggu drumming technique, Rumba/Cuban folk music, and Chinese traditional music/Shuo Chang; and compose music for a new collaborative film project with videographer Bena Otieno Wandei.

Imani Uzuri, New York City, received $20,000 to do research and compose a multi-voice piece with instrumentation focused on the iconography of black womanhood, traveling to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean to research the various altars and cathedrals dedicated to the Black Madonna; further develop and compose a children's musical; and study piano, guitar and Sibelius software to deepen her compositional practice.

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905–1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.


Guidelines and more information about the new Artist Fellowship program are now available. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 4 pm Central / 5 pm Eastern Time.

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