FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Jazz & New Music

Current Grantees

Creative Grants

Grossman Ensemble – Frédéric Durieux – Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago (CCCC)

Grossman Ensemble Spring 2021 Workshops & Concert
New Commission to Frédéric Durieux (FR) by the Grossman Ensemble (US) which will be conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni (US)

French Composer Frédéric Durieux has been invited by the Grossman Ensemble and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago, to collaborate on a concert cycle and create a new work for this ensemble that will be performed at the Logan Center for the Arts (to be conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni) . Over the course of short residencies, he will  present his work to students and fellow composers as part of seminars or workshops.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart

Soné Ka-La 2
New creation by Jacques Schwarz-Bart (US-FR) with Malika Tirolien (Canada), Sonny Troupé (FR), Gregory Privat (FR); Reggie Washington (US); and Arnaud Dolmen (FR)

The project is for saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart to record and tour his album “Soné Ka-La 2”, as well as spark various educational projects. Residencies will take place in Porquerolles Jazz Fest, Okayama Jazz Fest, PapJazz, Berklee College of Music in Boston, and clinics in Paris, Bordeaux, and Miami. Sone Ka La 2 Odyssey‘s main innovation is to fuse the singing and the saxophone into one voice, carrying the melodies, might they be tumultuous, angular, mysterious or serene.

Christophe Panzani – THIEFS

THIEFS — Survivalism
New Creation by Christophe Panzani (FR) and Keith Witty (US), with David Frazier Jr. (US); Edgar Sekloka (FR); Guillermo E. Brown (US)

The project is to create and perform a new set of compositions that will, in turn, become THIEFS’ third album, with conceptual basis “survival”. Several of the 12 movements will involve lyrical contents : spoken word, rap, and singing. Creation in the fall-winter between New York City and Paris with concerts, recording in Paris in the spring.

Lorenzo Bianchi-Hoesch & Amir ElSaffar – Pioneer Works

Inside Spaces
New creation by Lorenzo Bianchi-Hoesch (FR) and Amir ElSaffar (US)

For “Inside Spaces” project, trumpeter, santur player, vocalist and composer Amir ElSaffar joins with electronics performer and composer Lorenzo Bianchi-Hoesch in a new project exploring electro-acoustic spaces. The project is to have a short residency, work together, do a premiere, release an album and do a US and European tour.

Raphael Pannier

New creation by Raphael Pannier (FR) with Miguel Zenon (US), Francois Moutin (US/FR); Giorgi Mikadze (US)

Raphael Pannier (drums) is planning to record in New York a new album of original compositions crossing genres between jazz and electronic music with Miguel Zenón on saxophone; François Moutin on upright bass; and Giorgi Mikadze on piano. Miguel Zenón will also be invited to Paris to give concerts and master classes.

Laura Perrudin

Ant H
New creation by Laura Perrudin (FR) and Fabian Almazan (US)

“Ant H” is about the meeting of Laura Perrudin (electric chromatic harp, voice, electronics) and Fabian Almazan (piano, electronics), both obsessed with harmony, sound material and nature’s soundscapes. Both being influenced by a wide area of musical heritages, from the rhythmic and harmonic open-mindedness of jazz to the production precision of experimental pop and electronic music, their meeting sounded like an evidence.

The Bridge #2.05

New creation by Sophie Agnel (FR); Ben Lamar Gay (US); Pascal Niggenkemper (FR); Samuel Pluta (US)

The Bridge, a transatlantic network for jazz and creative music between France and Chicago, will present a new collaboration between Sophie Agnel (piano), Ben Lamar Gay (cornet, electronics), Pascal Niggenkemper (double bass) and Samuel Pluta (laptop, programs) through two mini-residences, concerts, and a tour. This collective project, first initiated by Sophie Agnel, will use improvisation to explore musical territories that further blur the lines between acoustic and electronic, tradition and modernity.

Residency Grants

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Residency of Ensemble Intercontemporain’s members Jens McManama (US); John Stulz (US); Emmanuelle Ophele (FR); Samuel Favre (FR) and Sebastien Vichard (FR)

Members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC) have been invited for a short residency at Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BCB). Planned activities are new music concerts, masterclasses, a recorded reading session of student composer works, coaching sessions, panel discussions, and workshops with composers and performance students.

Quatuor Diotima

Residency of Quatuor Diotima: Yun-Peng Zhao (FR); Constance Ronzatti (FR); Franck Chevalier (FR); Pierre Morlet (FR)

Quatuor Diotima has been invited to serve as the 2021-2022 Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence at The University of Chicago. During short residencies, the quartet will engage with students and faculty, visiting classrooms, leading masterclasses, and working with composition students. Additionally, they will give public performances, participate in discussions, and take part in a lecture demonstration.


Residency of Ensemble HANATSUmiroir: Laurent Camatte (FR); Elsa Dorbath (Swiss); Clara Levy (FR); Olivier Maurel (FR); Ayako Okubo (FR)

French ensemble HANATSUmiroir has been invited to the State University of New York at Buffalo, for a residency at the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music. The residency will feature masterclasses, as well as workshops and public performances involving the creation of the works of students composers and HANATSUmiroir.

Lê Quan Ninh – Nameless Sound

Residency of Lê Quan Ninh (FR) with the Nameless Sound Large Ensemble (US)

French percussionist, Lê Quan Ninh, in collaboration with Nameless Sound, will assemble and rehearse an ensemble comprised of a diverse set of improvisers from Houston, Texas. The primary goal of Lê Quan Ninh’s Houston residency is to foster the development of new approaches to working collaboratively at the intersection of composed music and free improvisation. The ensemble will also explore two new pieces (commissioned by Nameless Sound) in Lê Quan’s Blocs d’Incidence series, to be performed in the United States for the first time.

Richard Sears

Residency of Richard Sears (US); Martin Nevin (US); Guilhem Flouzat (FR); Clément Edouard (FR); Isabel Sorling (FR); Guillaume Cousin (FR)

A Flutter Along The Nerves” is a performance and installation bringing together the jazz trio Constant Stranger (Richard Sears, Martin Nevin and Guilhem Flouzat), electronic composer Clément Edouard, and singer Isabel Sorling, with the help of plastic artist Guillaume Cousin, around the writings of Alice Munro. After a first residence of Richards Sears at La Cité des Arts In Paris, the artists will be in residency at the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles.

Touring Grants

Ensemble Court-circuit

US tour by Ensemble Court-circuit (FR) with Ensemble ECCE (US) and conducted by Jean Deroyer (FR)

The project is a new American tour for French Ensemble Court-circuit and American Ensemble Ecce. The ensembles will work together on pieces in large instrumentation by French and American composers conducted by Jean Deroyer, and will give them in concert at Clark University, Boston, Tufts University, etc. Court-circuit will then be hosted at the University of Buffalo and Tufts University before pursuing its tour in Canada.

ISSUE Project Room

Touring of composer Pascale Criton (FR)

The Sounding Limits tour will offer an unprecedented opportunity for audiences in New York and Chicago to engage with the pioneering work of French composer Pascale Criton. Across three public performances, ISSUE Project Room (New York) and Constellation (Chicago) will present the East Coast and Midwestern premieres of Criton’s compositions for violin and cello tuned to 1/16th of a tone. These performances will be complemented by lectures at Columbia University and The University of Chicago.

Ensemble Variances

Tour by Ensemble Variances directed by composer Thierry Pécou (FR) : Anne Cartel (FR), Carjez Gerretsen (NETHERLANDS); Cecilia Bercovich (SPAIN); David Louwerse (FR), Benedict Ziervogel (AUSTRIA); Marie Vermeulin (FR); Pierre Bibault (FR)

Fourth North American tour by Ensemble Variances. The eight-member ensemble directed by composer Thierry Pécou will present concerts, a residency, and outreach programs at the Detroit Institute of Arts (Michigan), Chapman University (Los Angeles), Jacaranda Music (Santa Monica), Music on Main (Vancouver), Bourgie Hall (Montréal) and Phillips Collection (Washington DC). The tour offers three programs featuring music by Pécou, Mâche, JL Adams, Messiaen, Vivier, and Marc Patch on ecological themes.


US tour by TrioPolycordes: Florentino Calvo (FR), Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther (FR); Sandrine Chatron (Netherlands)

This tour project follows from the TrioPolycordes’ premier of a piece by American composer David Lipten in Argenteuil in January 2020. Following this musical exchange, the ensemble will continue this collaboration with a tour in the US.

Isabelle Olivier

US tour by Isabelle Olivier (FR); Rez Abbasi (US); David Paycha (FR); Prabhu Edouard (FR); Emie Adams (US)

OASIS (Olivier Abbasi Sound In Sound) was formed by French harpist and composer Isabelle Olivier and Pakistan-American jazz guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi. It has received an exceptional welcome in Paris, Guyancourt, New York, Chicago, Washington DC. A new tour is now planned on both sides of the Atlantic with local musicians.


Tour by Ensemble Ozma: Stéphane Scharlé (FR); Édouard Séro-Guillaume (FR); Julien Soro (FR); Tam de Villiers (FR); Guillaume Nuss (FR)

OZMA’s first US tour will be focused on quintet’s OZMA new repertoire and 7th album “Hyperlapse“.  Film-concerts and workshops will also be offered for different audiences such as universities and music schools.

Richard Bonnet

US Tour by Trio Richard Bonnet (FR); Tony Malaby (US) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (FR)

New American tour of Trio Richard Bonnet (guitar and composing), Tony Malaby (saxophones and composing) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums and composing). Born in 2018, the trio wanted to create a group based on improvisation to compose organic music inspired from “Nature writing”. In addition to the concerts, they will perform for a film-concert and a masterclass at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, IN.