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
March 31 – June 4, 2021 – Chicago

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 selected by the Grossman Ensemble and the CCCC, for commission and collaboration for their concert’s cycle. Frédric Durieux will be invited to University of Chicago for three short residencies in order to attend the first and third rehearsal, as well as the dress rehearsal, professional recording, and public performance. Each residence will be an opportunity for Férédéric Durieux to present his work to the students and to his fellow composers.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart

Sone Ka-La 2
Sept 22, 2020 – August 21, 2021 – Haïti, Paris, Bordeaux, Miami, Boston, Bordeaux, Porquerolles, Berklee, Okayama

New creation by Jacques Schwarz-Bart (FR) with Erykah Badu (US); Malika Tirolien (Canada), Snarky Puppy (US), Jacob Collier (Canada), Gregory Privat (FR); Reggie Washington (US); Brandford Marsalis (US); Steve Coleman (US) and Arnaud Dolmen (FR)

The project is for saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart to record and tour his album “Sone 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 & clinics in Paris, Bordeaux, 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
Oct 2020 – March 2021 – Paris, New York

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-Hoesh & Amir ElSaffar – Pioneer Works

Inside Spaces
March 1-25, 2021 – Paris, New York

New creation by Lorenzo Bianchi-Hoesh (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

January – August 2021 – New York, Paris
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

Scraps of Herbarium
March 1 – August 10, 2021 – New York

New creation by Laura Perrudin (FR) and Ian Chang (US)
“Scraps of Herbarium” will be a collaboration between Laura Perrudin (harp, voice, electronics) and Ian Chang (drums, electronics). It consists of two phases: a composition and rehearsal phase in the US, lasting at least 4 working days, followed by a series of performances of the ensemble in the US, at the France Rocks Festival, and if possible, in other similar French and European venues.

The Bridge #2.04

May 10-30, 2021 – Chicago

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

The Bridge, a transatlantic newtwork 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, 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. It’s the first time that Sophie Agnel will play in the US.

Residency Grants

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

February 8 – February 14, 2021 – Boston
Residency of Ensemble Intercontemporain’s members Jens McManama (US); John Stulz (US); Emmanuelle Ophele (FR); Samuel Favre (FR) and Sebastien Vichard (FR)
The project is one-week residency by members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC) at Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BCB), with 3-5 new music concerts, masterclasses, a recorded reading session of student composer works, coaching sessions, panel discussion, and workshops with composers and performers students.

Quatuor Diotima

October 2020 – June 2021 – Chicago, IL
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 2020-21 Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence at the University of Chicago. During the three one-week residencies, the quartet will engage with students and faculty, visiting classrooms, leading master classes, and working with composition students. Additionally, they will give public performances, participate in discussions, and take part in a lecture-demonstration.


Oct 26-30, 2020 – Buffalo, NY
Residency of Ensemble HANATSUmiroir: Laurent Camatte (FR); Elsa Dorbath (Swiss); Clara Levy (FR); Olivier Maurel (FR); Ayako Okubo (FR)
For the second time, the French ensemble HANATSUmiroir will be going to the USA at the invitation of 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 be comprised of 5 masterclasses, each devoted to a work of music composed by a student of the university for HANATSUmiroir, 2 workshops, and 3 public performances, involving the creation of the works of five students.

Lê Quan Ninh – Nameless Sound

April 1-9, 2021 – Houston, TX
Residency of Lê Quan Ninh (US) with the Nameless Sound Large Ensemble (FR)
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 nine days 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

September 1, 2020 – August 2021 – Paris, Los Angeles
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 in April or June 21 at the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles.

Touring Grants

Ensemble Court-circuit

Feb 15-25, 2021 – Boston, New York, Buffalo, NY Medford, MA
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 Court-circuit and Ecce. Both ensembles will work together 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 in the Buffalo and Tufts Universities before pursuing its tour in Canada. In parallel of the concerts, a workshop will be organized in the University at Buffalo where Court-circuit could meet young selected composers and work with them before premiering their pieces in concert.

ISSUE Project Room

Sept 22-28, 2020 – East Coast and Midwestern, Chicago IL, New York
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

March 5-21, 2021 – Detroit, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Washington DC
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)
The project is the fourth North American tour of Ensemble Variances. The eight-member ensemble directed by composer Thierry Pécou will present concerts, a residency, and outreach programs at: 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.


August/September 2021 -– New York, Florida, Texas
US tour by TrioPolycordes: Florentino Calvo (FR), Jean-Marc Zvellenreuther (FR); Sandrine Chatron (Netherlands)
This tour project has been thought after the TrioPolycordes (harpe, mandoline, guitar) premiered in Argenteuil on January 2020 a piece by the American composer David Lipten. Following this musical exchange, the ensemble would like to carry on this collaboration with a tour in the US. They have confirmed interest from Gallery Zurcher in NY, Florida State University and University of North Texas, and are in contact with more venues/presenters.

Isabelle Olivier

Sept 15 – June 30, 2021 – Guyancourt, Paris, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, San Pedro, Santa Cruz, Berkeley CA, Washington DC
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 born from the French harpist and composer Isabelle Olivier and Pakistan-American jazz guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi, and received an exceptional welcome in Paris, Guyancourt, New York, Chicago, Washington DC. A new tour is now settled on both sides of the Atlantic with local musicians.


March 5-20, 2021 – Sarasota, FL, Washington DC, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, NY
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”. Four concerts are already confirmed, and hopefully 6 more will be added either of Hyperlapse or one of OZMA’s movie-concerts. Workshops will also be offered for different audiences such as universities and music schools.

Richard Bonnet

March 20 – April 3, 2021 – Beacon, NY, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, San Francisco, CA, Sacramento, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Bloomington, IN
US Tour by Trio Richard Bonnet (FR); Tony Malaby (US) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (FR)
The project is the new American tour of Trio Richard Bonnet (guitar and composing), Tony Malaby (saxophones and composing) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums and composing), born in 2018, who wanted to create a group based on improvisation to compose organic music inspired from “Nature writing”. In addition to the concerts, they will do a movie live performance and masterclass at Bloomington, Indiana.