Composers of Color is a collective group of composers united to discuss and explore the creative conditions of the music of composers of color in the marketplace, academy, and concert world. This event will include a concert of works by 21st century composers of color and will feature art songs, solo instrumental works, and chamber pieces representing a broad range of cultural expressions, styles, and contemporary compositional approaches.
At 1:30 p.m., attendees will hear from keynote speaker Tania León, a vital personality in today’s music scene who is highly regarded as a composer and conductor and who is recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations.
León has been profiled on ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, and in independent films.
In 2013, she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and in 2012 she received both a Grammy nomination (for Best Contemporary Classical Composition) and a Latin Grammy nomination (for Best Classical Contemporary Composition). Among her numerous awards are a Pulitzer Prize nomination for “Ácana,” a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Fromm Music Foundation and Koussevitzky Music Foundation commissions.
The main purpose of Composers of Color is to provide collegial support and to bring visibility, institutional partnering, programming, exposure, and understanding to the study, creation, and performance of new music. Composers of Color was founded on the idea that those in the arts and humanities have a tremendous responsibility to provide direction and training to young people today. Committed to mentoring, outreach, and expanding the base of sonic literacy, the group includes composers, creative artists, educators, and university and community administrators, all of whom are committed to the visibility and support of this kind of music programming.
For more information or to RSVP, email CCC@berklee.edu.