Commission New Works for Classical Guitar by musically diverse composers of African descent. This grant supports the creation of one new work, which will be performed and recorded by Guitar Ensemble, Duo Noire.
Funding will provide initial support for a major new commissioning project to be undertaken by the classical guitar ensemble, Duo Noire. The overall project consists of plans to commission 4-6 new pieces by musically diverse composers of African descent. Clifford/Levy Creativity Grant funding will support the creation of one new work. Duo Noire hopes to bring disparate genres, continents, and styles together, while simultaneously pushing the possibilities of their instrument forward. Potential collaborators include members of major new music ensembles, MacArthur Genius grant winners, composition professors at major conservatories, and more. This will culminate in a full length commercially released album and marketing campaign mentioning Diller-Quaile wherever possible.