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Previous Grantees


2015 /2016



Yacine Boulares
Vincent Segal

French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares and French cellist Vincent Segal will compose and record original music, for their new trio with American drummer Nasheet Waits, re-appropriating the forgotten Stambeli repertoire. Stambeli is a healing trance music created by the descendants of Sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia. Boulares and Segal's original compositions will form a series of variations on the legend of the hunter Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his enslaved daughter, Abu Sadiya danced and sang his sorrow in the streets of Tunis thus becoming the first musician of Stambeli and personifying the memory of Sub-Saharan slaves in Tunisia.

yacineboulares.com
facebook.com/VincentSegal.officiel

 


Aaron Goldberg
Leon Parker

Pianist Aaron Goldberg and percussionist Leon Parker expand the sonic, communicative, and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting, emphasizing a primary role for Body Percussion and Body Rhythm techniques-both in place of and in addition to the traditional drum set. With bassist Joe Sanders and special guest Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Goldberg and Parker will take their new trio approach into the recording studio and on tours of the US and Europe.

aarongoldberg.com

 


Ryan Keberle
Frank Woeste

Trombonist Ryan Keberle and pianist Frank Woeste create a musical homage to the seminal French composer Maurice Ravel, whose music has had an important influence on the history of jazz. Inspired by the techniques employed in Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin-itself an homage to the tradition of the French Baroque keyboard suite-Keberle and Woeste's exploration, accompanied by cellist Vincent Courtois and drummer Jeff Ballard, will result in the composition, performance, and recording of original jazz works.

ryankeberle.com
frankwoeste.com

 



David Krakauer
Anakronic Electro Orkestra

The collaboration between David Krakauer and the Anakronic Electro Orkestra aims to further the development of contemporary jazz by bringing together unexpected musical influences and genres into an accessible improvisational context. Krakauer's jazz and Klezmer roots collide with the electronic and groove worlds of the AEO creating a musical 'laboratory' involving deep research into timbre, sound, and energy. Recording sessions, a new album, and extensive touring are planned.

davidkrakauer.com
anakronic.com

 


Samuel Strouk
Mariam Adam

"Dialogue of Languages" explores the common territories between jazz, classical, and contemporary musics. The simultaneous development of jazz in the US and 'classical' music in France and Europe in the first decades of the 20th century inspires French guitarist Samuel Strouk and American clarinetist Mariam Adam to create a suite of miniatures for a sextet setting. Their compositional concept co-habits the modal, tonal, and atonal musical languages and rhythmic conceptions inherited from the interactions of these art forms.

samuel-strouk.com

 


2014 /2015



Frank Woeste
Dave Douglas

French pianist Frank Woeste will collaborate with American trumpeter Dave Douglas to create a new repertoire for a jazz quartet comprised of trumpet, bass, piano, and drums based on the work of Man Ray, the influential American modern artist who was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th Century. Influenced by Ray's works known as "readymades," which were pieces created out of ordinary, everyday objects, the project, entitled, "The Art of Reinvention," will include time for composition and rehearsals followed by a recording session in New York.

www.frankwoeste.com
www.davedouglas.com

 


Nicole Mitchell
Sylvain Kassap

American composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble (violinist Renee Baker, saxophonist David Boykin, and pianist Aruan Ortiz) will collaborate with the French clarinetist Sylvain Kassap and his contemporary chamber L'ensemble Laborintus (harpist Helene Breschand, flutist Franck Masquelier, cellist Anaïs Moreau, percussionist César Carcopino) to produce a suite of vignettes, entitled "Moments of Fatherhood," inspired by portrayals of French and American male parenting. The collaboration will include research and composition, a performance at the prestigious Sons d'hiver Festival in France, and a lecture and workshop at Columbia University's Paris campus.

www.nicolemitchell.com
www.laborintus.com

 


Somi
Hervé Samb

"Dreaming Zenzile: A Sonic Continuum of Miriam Makeba" is a collaboration between American vocalist Somi and French guitarist Hervé Samb. The pair will work on new compositions based on and inspired by the late South African musical icon Miriam Makeba. The music created through the collaboration will be used as part of a larger multi-disciplinary performance piece of the same title. The pair will be joined by Otis Brown III on drums, Toru Dodo on piano, Michael Olatuja on bass and the legendary Hugh Masakela on trumpet. Masakela, who was formerly married to Makeba, will also serve as a special advisor to the project.

www.somimusic.com
www.hervesamb.com

 


Steve Lehman
Maciek Lasserre

American saxophonist Steve Lehman and French soprano saxophone player Maciek Lasserre will create a new set of compositions investigating the relationship between modern jazz, experimental hip-hop, and live electronics. The collaboration will also include hip-hop vocalists HPrism and Gaston Baye Sen from New York and Paris, respectively. The project will include a recording and tours in France and the United States. For the American tour, the four artists will be joined by pianist Craig Tabor, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Damon Reid. For the French tour, they will be joined by flutist Magic Malik, percussionist Stephane Edouard and drummer Maxime Zampieri.

www.stevelehman.com
www.mckprojekt.com

 


Yosvany Terry
Baptiste Trotignon

Cuban-American saxophonist Yosvany Terry will work with French pianist Baptiste Trotignon to create a new body of material inspired by the rich and diverse musical traditions that developed out of the African Diaspora in the United States and former French colonies in the Americas. The project includes individual and collaborative composition, rehearsals, performances in Paris and northeast United States, and a workshop at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.

www.yosvanyterry.com
www.baptistetrotignon.com

 

 

2013 / 2014

Alban Darche
John Hollenbeck

The recently created band, JASS refers to an early spelling of the word “jazz” and combines the first letter of each musician’s first name.
The quartet features American drummer John Hollenbeck, French saxophonist Alban Darche, French double bassist Sébastien Boisseau, and Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser.
A new body of work incorporating polyrhythmic textures and processes borrowed from groove and minimalist music and composed equally by Alban Darche and John Hollenbeck, will be produced by JASS.

albandarche.com
johnhollenbeck.com
sebastienboisseau.com
samuelblaser.com

 

Cedric Hanriot
Jason Palmer

"City of Poets: A Musical Homage to Dan Simmons utilizing the concepts of Messiaen's Modes"
Dan Simmon’s novel “Hyperion” tells the story of a civilization struggling to coexist with the highly evolved and intelligent machines it has created and details the quest of 7 pilgrims as they journey to Hyperion.
The project will transfer Simmon’s emotional science fiction stories into original and improvisational music based on the famed "7 modes of limited transportation" of Oliver Messiaen.
The ensemble will include Cedric Hanriot (piano, laptop, composition), Jason Palmer (trumpet, composition), Jonathan Pinson (drums), Jeff Miles (guitar), and Michael Janisch (double bass).

cedrichanriot.com
jasonpalmermusic.com
michaeljanisch.com
myspace.com/jeffmilesmusic

 

Darius Jones
Emilie Lesbros

African-American saxophonist-composer, Darius Jones, and French vocalist-composer, Emilie Lesbros, will be collaborating on new vocal works in homage to the French avant-garde vocalist Brigitte Fontaine whose eclectic musical taste and cross-cultural collaborations served as their inspiration. The group includes German-French bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, American drummer Ches Smith and pianist Matt Mitchell. The group will create musical works driven by French lyrics and poetry dealing with the relationship between African-American and French cultures.

dariusjonesmusic.com
emilielesbros.com
pascalniggenkemper.com
mattmitchell.us
chessmith.com

 

Jozef Dumoulin
Ellery Eskelin

Jozef Dumoulin: Fender Rhodes & composition, Ellery Eskelin: saxophone, Dan Weiss: drums
Jozef Dumoulin will create new repertoire for this trio and expand his work of the past few years: open compositional forms combining written material, established parameters and improvisation. The specific background of Ellery Eskelin and Dan Weiss will be integrated in the new work, which will move on from traditional jazz into more innovative territory.

jozefdumoulin.com
danweiss.net

 

Laurent Coq
Walter Smith III

Laurent Coq, exploring the early life and achievements of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, will create a suite of music with tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III.
La Fayette, celebrated as a hero in both the United States and France by the time he was 25, played a crucial role in the history of both countries and became the natural subject of collaboration between these French and American artists.
The quartet will feature Laurent Coq (piano), Walter Smith III (tenor saxophone), Damion Reid (drums), and Joe Sanders (acoustic bass).

laurentcoq.com
waltersmith3.com
damionreid.com
joesandersbass.com

 

 

2013/2012

SYLVAIN RIFFLET
JON IRABAGON

Saxophonist and clarinetist Sylvain Rifflet and his French ensemble members Joce Menniel (flute, electronics), Phil Gordiani (guitar), and Benjamin Flament (percussion, electronics) will work with American saxophonist Jon Irabagon on a project that celebrates the work of the eccentric, yet influential, American blind composer and street performer Moondog (Louis Hardin 1916-1999). The project will include the composing of new music, a premier of the work at the prestigious Banlieues Bleues Festival outside of Paris, and the recording of a studio album.

sylvainrifflet.com

jonirabagon.com

 

AMIR ELSAFFAR
SYLVAIN BAROU

Iraqi-American trumpeter, dulcimer player and vocalist Amir ElSaffar and his New York-based colleagues Emmanuel During (violin, guitar, lute) and Mavrothi Kontanis (uod) will collaborate with Sylvain Barou (wooden flute) of Brittany and the Paris-based French-Iranian percussionist Keyvan Chemirani to compose new works that combine elements of jazz, Middle Eastern music and Celtic folk tunes. The project will include a five-day residency in New York, a three-day Paris residency, recorded live performances in both cities, and a studio recording.

amirelsaffar.com

sylvainbarou.com

 

JEREMY UDDEN
NICOLAS MOREAUX

American saxophonist Jeremy Udden and French bassist Nicolas Moreaux will collaboratively compose new jazz pieces influenced by the folk traditions of their respective countries. The composers will be joined by Americans Robert Stillmann (saxophone and Fender Rhodes) and R.J. Miller (drums) as well as the French banjo and guitar player Pierre Perchaud. The new work will be rehearsed and recorded in Paris and performed at venues in New York City and Boston. The composers and full band will also conduct a number of workshops for secondary school students during their tour of the northeastern United States

jeremyudden.com

myspace.com/nicolasmoreaux

 

LARRY OCHS
DIDIER PETIT

The East West Collective is a collaboration of Americans Larry Ochs (saxophone) and Miya Masaoka (Japanese koto), Frenchmen Didier Petit (cello, voice) and Sylvain Kassap (clarinet), and the Chinese guzheng player and vocalist Xu Fengxia that combines the compositional structure and sounds of free jazz with traditional Eastern music forms. The project will support three concert engagements at prestigious venues in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle; and five engagements at important jazz festivals around France in Brest, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg, and Tours. The ensemble is also planning a studio recording session while in France.

larryochs.cc

myspace.com/didiersmall

 

WILLIAM PARKER
FRANÇOIS TUSQUES

The cultural threads that connect France with New Orleans and New York will be explored by the French American Peace Ensemble, which is comprised of Americans William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums), and Kidd Jordon (saxophone); and French musicians François Tusques (piano) and Louis Sclavis (bass clarinet, saxophone). Parker will compose a new musical suite for the ensemble which will be performed at venues in New Orleans, New York and Seattle. The performance at the Vision Festival in New York will be filmed and recorded. Discussions are underway for performances at the Sons d’Hiver and Banlieues Bleues festivals in France as well as for a studio recording.

williamparker.net

allaboutjazz.com/FrancoisTusques

 

 

2011 / 2012

Nasheet Waits
Marc Ducret

Drummer Nasheet Waits working with his Tarbaby quartet band mates (pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis, and saxophonist Oliver Lake) will collaborate with the French jazz guitarist Marc Ducret on a musical homage to the French philosopher and psychologist Frantz Fanon. The project will take place in France and the United States and include the creation, rehearsal and professional recording of new work influenced by the writings of Fanon on decolonization and the struggle for liberation. The collaboration will perform the work in New York and Paris as well as conduct a workshop at the Girard Academic Music Program in Philadelphia.

nasheetwaits.com

marcducret.com

 

John Hebert
Benoit Delbecq

Double bassist John Hérbert will work with percussionist Gerald Cleaver and French pianist and keyboardist Benoit Delbecq to create, record and perform a three-movement jazz suite based on his experiences as a Cajun raised in southern Louisiana. The project will include time in Paris (rehearsal and performances), New York (performances and recording), and New Orleans (performances, television and radio appearances, and a workshop at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts).

johnhebert.com
delbecq.net

 

Keith Witty
Christophe Panzani

Bassist Keith Witty and Guillermo Brown on drums, electronics and vocals will collaborate with French saxophonist Christophe Panzani to further develop their jazz trio Thiefs through rehearsal, the production of a studio recording, hiring a publicist, and touring engagements in France and the United States to promote the release of their CD. In addition to their performances, the artists will conduct master classes at conservatories in both countries.

keithwitty.com
myspace.com/christophepanzani

 

Somi
Ibrahim Maalouf

Vocalist Somi working with her American colleagues guitarist Liberty Ellman, bassist Michael Olatuja, drummer Obed Calvaire, and pianist Toru Dodo will partner with French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf on a project investigating the role of women and girls in the recent protests sweeping across the Arab world. Activities will take place in France and the United States, including composing, recording, post-production, and performances in Paris, New York and other French and American cities.

somimusic.com
ibrahimmaalouf.com

 

 

2010 / 2011

Tim Berne
Marc Ducret

Brooklyn-based alto saxophonist Tim Berne and collaborator Marc Ducret (electric, acoustic, fretless, and steel guitars and oud; Paris) will compose music to be performed and recorded in the United States by Ducret and Berne’s ensemble, Los Totopos (Berne, saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano; Oscar Noriega, woodwinds; Chess Smith, percussion).

screwgunrecords.com

 

Denis Colin
Tony Malaby

Denis Colin, bass clarinetist of Montreuil, France, and U.S. saxophonist Tony Malaby will create new material that they will tour and record this February in France with Colin’s octet, La Société des Arpenteurs.
Project cancelled

deniscolin.com

 

Benoît Delbecq
Fred Hersch

Pianists Benoît Delbecq, of Clichy La Garenne, France, and Fred Hersch, of New York, will partner as composers on a double-bass trio project. Then Delbecq and drummer/producer Steve Argüelles will apply digital processing devices and real-time sound treatment to allow the ensemble to become a “virtual sextet,” mirroring and absorbing its own sound. The project will take place in May, with concerts at Europa Jazz Festival in Le Mans and La Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues in Pantin, plus educational activity and a recording session.

delbecq.net

 

Dave Douglas
Ibrahim Maalouf

Two trumpeters—Dave Douglas of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, and France’s Ibrahim Maalouf, will compose music for an octet including both French and American musicians. The Douglas-Maalouf Project will perform in the 2011 Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York and in outreach activities for multicultural elementary schools in the city.

davedouglas.com

 

David Gilmore
Andy Emler

Brooklyn guitarist David Gilmore and Paris-based pianist Andy Elmer share a common fascination with the cyclical structures observable in nature. The duo will collaboratively compose a ten-part work via Internet that reflects on the astrological chart of each of the four ensemble members. The project ensemble also features François Moutin, bass, and Marque Gilmore, drums and percussion. The work premieres in June at Club Triton in Paris and will be followed by a recording session; the musicians then bring the work to The Jazz Gallery in New York.

davidgilmore.net

 

Alexandra Grimal
Todd Neufeld / Thomas Morgan / Marcus Gilmore

French saxophonist Alexandra Grimal invites New York musicians Todd Neufeld (guitar), Thomas Morgan (bass), and Marcus Gilmore (drums) to perform a new work characterized by complex harmony and polyrhythms, structured improvisations, and open forms. The project includes a U.S./French tour that begins at Miles Café on March 17, 2011, in New York, followed by masterclasses next January in France; a recording session at Avatar Studio in New York; and mixing and mastering at La Buissonée in Pernes-les-Fontaines, France.

alexandragrimal.com

 

Christophe Marguet
Steve Swallow

In a residency in Paris in the fall, drummer Christophe Marguet will team with upstate New York bassist Steve Swallow to co-compose a work for a sextet in which they will be joined by French artists Régis Huby, violin, and Benjamin Moussay, piano, and saxophonist Chris Cheek and trumpeter Cuong Vu, of the U.S. The group plans to tour to New York, Miami, Minneapolis and Los Angeles in the U.S. and to Paris, Coutances, Boissey le Cuté, Argenteuil, and other locales in France.

christophemarguet.net

 

Edward Perraud
Andrea Parkins

Paris-based drummer Edward Perraud will collaborate with compatriot Didier Petit (cello) and New Yorkers Andrea Parkins (accordion/electronics) and Hans Tammen (guitar/electronics) to create a work with both compositional and improvisational structures. Each artist will produce at least one piece for the group’s total instrumentation—percussion, accordion, keyboards, laptop electronics, cello, guitar and prepared guitar. The finished work will be rehearsed, premiered, and toured in France this fall, and performed and recorded in New York in January 2012.

edwardperraud.com

 

Jérôme Sabbagh
Jozef Dumoulin

Saxophonist Jerôme Sabbagh, a New Yorker since 1995, will join pianist Jozef Dumoulin, of Paris, on a project in which each will write a minimum of five songs for quartet (for themselves with Patrice Blanchard, electric bass, and Rudy Royston, drums). Though electric and electronic, the music will have live and organic qualities. Rehearsals this fall in New York will be followed by tours in the U.S. and in France, a concert/clinic at P.S. 154 in Brooklyn, and a recording session at Sear Sound in New York.

myspace.com/jeromesabbagh

 

Jaleel Shaw
Vincent Bourgeyx

Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, a Philadelphia native, has invited French pianist Vincent Bourgeyx to collaborate on a five-part suite for quartet in a mutual challenge—to compose one piece about his hometown and another about his New York experience and then collaborate on a work representing the similarities. Communicating via Skype and email in the early stages, the pair will then rehearse, perform, and record in New York, where they will be joined by Ben Williams, bass, and Johnathan Blake, drums.

jaleelshaw.com

Sachal Vasandani
Malika Zarra

Sachal Vasandani will collaborate with French-Moroccan vocalist Malika Zarra and Argentinian singer Sofia Rei Koutsovitis to create a body of new songs for voice and percussion to be performed by the quintet Sefira (Vasandani, Zarra, and Koutsovitis, with percussionists Nacho Arimany and Mathias Kunzli). The work will showcase each vocalist’s range, timbre, musical heritage, and improvisational ability, while exploring new common ground with the support and drive of master percussionists. The quintet will premiere the work in New York next summer and produce high-quality audio and video recordings of live performances.

sachalvasandani.com

 

Nelson Veras
Thomas Morgan

Guitarist Nelson Veras will form a trio with Thomas Morgan, bass, and drummer Stephane Galland to perform new music that he will write especially for this project. The ensemble will rehearse and record the work in Limoges, France; premiere it at Café de la Dance in Paris; and tour Europe April through August. The project album will be released by Bee Jazz Records this April.

myspace.com/nelsonveras

 

Daniel Zimmermann
David Fiuczynski

U.S. jazz-rock guitarist, David Fiuicynski, joins French trombone collaborators Daniel Zimmerman and Julien Chirol to create new music for a septet that will also include U.S. trombonists Robin Eubanks and Douglas Purviance and France’s Jean-Philippe Morel (electric bass) and Vincent Taeger (drums). A three-movement piece, Schizophonic Suite will explore extremes and contrasts in today’s music, followed by a tribute to jazz, pop, and rock icons. The first concert is planned for Paris this April, followed by a summer European tour and recording and mastering in New York and Montreuil, France.

myspace.com/danielzimmermann

 

 

2009 / 2010

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE

Matt Brewer, Marcus Gilmore, Ebene String Quartet, Yaron Herman.

Collaboratively composing for a string quartet through a multi-stage process, with performances in Paris and New York.

 

TAYLOR HO BYNUM

Taylor Ho Bynum, Jean-Luc Cappozza, Itaru Oki, Franz Hautzinger, Herb Robertson, Joe McPhee, Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Betsh.

International Trumpet Summit to be programmed during the 9th Festival of the New Trumpet Music - New York City.

FRANCOIS CORNELOUP

François Corneloup, Dominique Pifarély, Dean Magraw, Chico Huff, James-Thomas Bates.

Tour in France and Europe from March until April 2009 with NEXT Orchestra.

 

GAEL HORELLOU

Gael Horellou, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Sébastien Simonoviez, François Gallix.

 

WAYNE HORVITZ

Wayne Horvitz, Briggan Krauss, Le Quan Ninh.

Performances in France and the US, recording and workshop

 

STEPHANE KERECKI

Stéphane Kerecki, Tony Malaby, Matthieu Donarier, Thomas Grimmonprez.

 

MILES OKAZAKI

Miles Okazaki, Guillaume Perret, Damion Reid.

Improvisation project, with rehearsal and presentation in NY and Paris.

 

DOMINIQUE PIFARELY

Dominique Pifarély, Tim Berne, Bruno Chevillon, Craig Taborn.

 

ALLEN SAMUEL SADIGURSKY

"Sam" Sadigursky, Laurent Coq, Christine Correa, Laurence Allison, Karl Jannuska, Yoni Zelink.

The Words Project:
Composition, rehearsal, performance and live recording of original setting of texts and poems by both composers in their respective languages.
Janurary to September 2009.

 

FELIPE SALLES

Felipe Salles, Alain Mallet, Gildas Bocle, Nelson Veras .

French-American-Brazilian collaborations
Masterclass, Performance and Recording

 

MIGUEL ZENON

Miguel Zenon, Hans Glawischnig, Henry Cole, Laurent Coq

 

 

2008 / 2009

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Jazz Ensemble

Riccardo del Fra, 4 Selected Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris Jazz Students and 4 Selected New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Jazz students.

 

Marlon Simon

Marco Glomeau, Fred Bidou, dominique Rieux, Fred Broton, Laurent Audinos.

 

Francisco Pais

Frank Woeste, Ferenc Nemeth, Massimo Biocatti, Gretchen Parlato

Creating a dynamic interaction between French and American artists. Three part project.

 

Wendell Harrison

Joel Schemer, Benjamin Maciotta, Frederic Estoup, Olivier Faure, Deborah Scales, Steve Wood, Greg Koltyk, Ernie Rodgers

MaMa's Licking Stick Clarinet Ensemble

 

Franck Vigroux

Bruno Chevillon, Elliot Sharp, Joey Baron.

 

Paul Kikuchi

Aurelien Besnard, Partice Soletti, Kris Tiner, Jason Mears, Ivan Johnson.

 

Meddy Gerville

Christopher MacDonald, Jerome Calcine, Jim Celestin, Laurent Lebeau, Teddy Moutalica.

From Reunion Island to the US.
Promotion of “Jazz Amwin” and “Ti pa ti pa n’alé” albums through performances and masterclasses.

 

Roy Nathanson

Malik Mezzadri, Curtis Fowlkes, Bill Ware, Sam Bardfeld, E.J. Rodrigues, Hugo Dwyer, Tim Kiah.

Jazz Passengers

 

Jerome Sabbagh

Dennis Irwin, Rodney Green.

 

Ben Goldberg

Mathias Delplanque, Myra Melford, Shahzad Ismaily.

Quartet Goldberg-Melford-Delpancue-Ismaily : expanding the parameters of the jazz tradition.

 

 
 

 


The Programs


Tournées Film Festival
Films on the Green
French U.S. Exchange in Dance with NEFA
French Dual Language Program
French Heritage Language Program
Partner University Fund
French Voices
Contemporay Music
French-American Jazz Exchange with MAAF
Contemporary Theater
Visual Arts

 



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