Money makes music sound so much sweeter. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
has awarded 10 area recipients a total of $664,500 through the 2011 Philadelphia Music Project.
This year, Pew chose a diverse roster of performers with a common theme of creating connections. "You have everything from spirituals, to Irish music, to Indian music, to spectral music, which is one of the more hermetic forms of composition," says Paula Marincola, Executive Director for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. "These projects will reach so many different kinds of audiences. It is an expression of the strength of the Philadelphia music scene."The Crossing
, a South Philadelphia choir, will use its $70,000 grant to fund The Gulf (between you and me), for which three composers write choral works based on the poetry of French-American writer Pierre Joris, accompanied by ambient sound gathered at the Gulf of Mexico. Astral Artists
, a 2009 PMP recipient, got a $70,000 award this time around for Spiritual Voyages, a project that showcases the work of African American composers Alvin Singleton, David Sanford, and Evelyn Curenton. Tracy Segal, Development Director for Astral Artists, says that getting the grant was a rigorous process that began in the fall of last year. "It's a very rewarding grant, and a lot of work to put the proposal together," says Segal, who cites new guidelines rolled out this year.The Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra
gets a Pew nod for its collaboration with the vocal group Philip Hamilton's Voices
at The Painted Bride Art Center
. The drum ensemble and chorus will use its $70,000 grant to create four public performances along with a residency at Philadelphia's Creative and Performing Arts High School.
The newly renovated Rodin Museum will host a performance of work from French composers Tristan Murail and Philippe Hurel, who use Rodin's sculptures as inspiration for their spectral music. The actual grantee is The Philadelphia Museum of Art
, where audiences will preview the compositions during its weekly Art After 5 series.
Other recipients include Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society
, The Philadelphia Ceili Group
, which performs traditional Irish music, and Bobby Zankel's 16 member jazz orchestra Warriors of the Wonderful Sound
, featuring the work of Muhal Richard Abrams.Source
: Paula Marincola, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; Tracy Segal, Astral ArtistsWriter
: Sue Spolan