MN Artists on Latest Innova Release

Now out on innova, ACF’s recording label: Maithree, the ensemble, was formed when Nirmala Rajasekar, Indian veena virtuoso, invited some friends to play music together. With visiting South Indian drum guru Boopathi, cellist Michelle Kinney, and brothers Pat (clarinet) and Tim O’Keefe (world percussion), this is Minnesota-grown idealism at its finest, where no barriers to […]

John Keston Makes 2nd Appearance at ISSTA Conference

MN composer John Keston wrote to share, “Soon I’ll be on my way to Ireland for my second appearance at the Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) annual conference. This time around my work is entirely rooted in FM synthesis. Particularly around my explorations of the amazing PreenFM2. I have designed a Max for Live patch […]

Innova artists up for 2019 Grammy Awards

Innova, the recording label of the American Composers Forum, shared this impressive list of innova artists who have been nominated for the 2019 Grammy Awards. **Congrats to the Minnesota artists & composers among them! If There Were Water Donald Nally NU, conductor (The Crossing), Paul Vazquez, producer Lansing McLoskey: Zealot Canticles Donald Nally, conductor (The […]

Gao Hong Receives Sally Award

Congratulations to MN composer, pipa master, and Carleton College professor Gao Hong for receiving a Sally Award for her commitment to sharing Chinese musical traditions with communities across Minnesota! The awards, which were announced Tuesday, honor extraordinary achievements in five categories: arts access, arts learning, commitment, initiative and social impact. Winners received their awards and $1,000 each […]

MRAC Announces Arts Activities Support Grant Winners

Congratulations to the many artists and organizations who were recently awarded Arts Activities Support Grants! Composers & new music projects are well represented, including: 10th Wave Chamber Music Collective, OboeBassFluteCello!, Balkanicus Ensemble, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Association, MPLS (imPulse), Red Eye Theater, Singers in Accord, Tru Ruts Endeavors, Twin Cities Jazz Workshop, Consortium Carissimi, Fidgety Fairy […]

News from our neighbors in Eau Claire

Dr. Chia-Yu Hsu, internationally celebrated composer and UWEC associate professor of music, will premiere two compositions during the opening weekend of the beautiful new Pablo Center for the Arts, one during an afternoon event and one during an evening gala. Learn more

Twin Cities Pianist Matthew McCright Releases New Album “What is Left Behind” on the Proper Canary label

Matthew McCright has released his latest album, “What is Left Behind,” on the Proper Canary label. The new full-length release features pieces by Reinaldo Moya, Amy Williams, Linda Buckley, Stephen Andrew Taylor, and Andrea Mazzariello and showcases piano music that defines, reshapes, and narrates the composers’ experiences by way of migration, passing, and journey. The […]

Announcing Bee-Sharp Honeybee

Bee-sharp Honeybee by composer Rae Howell is a brand new music work currently in development. Working with musicians, animators, filmmakers, bee researchers and beekeepers in Minnesota, it is an independent art-science creation project, inspired by, and directly derived from the research of bees, with a focus on bee buzz frequencies. The initial music sketches (composed by […]

New Work from Jay Afrisando

Jay Afrisando, 2016 MECA winner, has launched his new audio-visual work “The (Real) Laptop Music :))” on Vimeo. This piece emerged from a question on a laptop for a composing activity. Dedicated to everyone who uses a laptop for working every day, this piece is composed, directed, & edited by Jay Afrisando and shot by […]