Contact: Mona Baroudi
CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
WINS GERBODE AWARD FOR A NEW COMPOSER COLLABORATION
SANTA CRUZ, CA, January 20, 2011—The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the nation’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra, is honored to have been chosen by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundations as recipient of a $75,000 grant for the creation of a multimedia, symphonic project entitled The Hidden World of Girls. The Festival’s Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop will conduct its world premiere at the 50th anniversary of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in the summer of 2012.
The Hidden World of Girls is a collaboration between Emmy Award–winning composer Laura Karpman and San Francisco Bay Area-based, Peabody Award-winning producers/authors The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson). The project is inspired by The Kitchen Sisters’ current NPR Radio series, The Hidden World of Girls, and will result in an evening-length, interdisciplinary symphonic work based on contemporary stories of the secrets girls carry with them into adulthood.
The all-women collaboration includes The Kitchen Sisters as Lead Writers/Concept, Laura Karpman as Lead Composer and Creative Director, three early-career female composers—Clarice Assad, Alexandra du Bois, and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum— as well as MacArthur Fellow, conductor Marin Alsop.
The collaboration will expand to include a video artist to develop the mixed media elements for the work using archival audio, field recordings, social network sites, phone messages, interviews, video, photos, and more collected by The Kitchen Sisters.
“We’re very excited to receive the support of this initiative. It strengthens our confidence in a project we truly believe in,” said Cabrillo Festival Executive Director Ellen Primack, “and it’s a tremendous endorsement after a very competitive process.”
The award is one of six made by the two foundations meant to further the work of gifted California composers in collaboration with another California artist of their choice. The awards are the last in a three-year $1,350,000 initiative by the Gerbode and Hewlett foundations to support fresh, dynamic collaborations in contemporary dance, theater, and music. In 2008, grants were made for choreographer collaborations, and in 2009, for playwright collaborations.
The Special Awards Program
For over twenty years, the Gerbode Foundation has made innovative grants through its Special Awards Program to San Francisco Bay Area arts institutions to commission new works from gifted individual artists: playwrights (including Tony Kushner, author of Pulitzer Prize–winning “Angels in America”), choreographers (such as Erika Chong Shuch and Sean Dorsey), composers (including Carla Kihlstedt, John Adams, Paul Dresher, and Tony Williams), as well as visual artists, poets, and multimedia artists.
In a time of cultural shifts and fiscal insecurity in the arts, these coveted, nationally respected awards have helped underwrite culturally and aesthetically diverse, acclaimed new works by prominent artists and emerging ones. The grants have supported artists at critical junctures in their careers; enabled nonprofit local arts groups to develop and debut substantial, original works; and enriched Bay Area audiences, readers, and viewers by giving them first access to ambitious new creations.
CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC is America’s longest running new music festival dedicated to orchestra, and winner of the League of American Orchestra and A.S.C.A.P.’s 2008-2009 John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music, and of the national A.S.C.A.P Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music 1982-2009.