The Jazz Gallery Residency Commissions
In addition to giving performance opportunities to young artists, The Jazz Gallery also has a strong track record of nurturing compositional talent, having commissioned new work annually since 2002 which evolved into the Residency Commissions program, which grants talented composers and bandleaders the resources to work on large-scale projects that will have enduring and transformative effects on their creative development.
We encourage commissioned artists to think outside their usual box and deeply explore their creative ideas and take risks by removing financial and space constraints.
To this end, Residency Commission recipients receive a commissioning fee, as well as unrestricted access to our performance space for an entire season to compose, rehearse, and record during off-hours, culminating in the premiere of their new work later in the season.
Since 2002, our Commissions program has supported 52 artists’ creation of 55 new works, many of which have since been commercially released and several of which have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards; however, our focus for the program is not the end products. We are more concerned with providing the process for the artists, most of whom are receiving a commission for the first time in their careers.
The program also showcases the multitude of cultural influences in New York’s contemporary jazz scene; recent Residency Commission recipients include: Rafiq Bhatia, Maria Grand, Jonathan Finlayson, Mary Halvorson, Chris Morrissey, Adam O’Farrill, Joel Ross, and Becca Stevens.
Our 2017-2018 Residency Commissions will be awarded to guitarist Charles Altura, saxophonist Melissa Aldana, and pianist James Francies..
The Jazz Gallery Residency Commissions are made possible in part by the grant from the Jerome Foundation with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City, Howard Gilman, and the Cheswatyr Foundation.
COMMISSION ARTISTS 2002 – present
2002 | Composers Series
James Hurt – ENRICHMENT
Vijay Iyer – BLOOD SUTRA
Rudresh Mahanthappa – BLACK WATER
Dafnis Prieto – ABOUT THE MONKS
2007 | Composers Series
Gerald Clayton – THEMES IN TRAVEL
John Ellis – DREAMSCAPES
Marcus Gilmore – AMERICAN PERSPICACITY
Aaron Parks – ARCHETYPES: Character Studies in Sound
Luis Perdomo – CENTRAL COAST: Impressions on Afro-Venezuelan Music
Yosvany Terry – TRIO + KEYS
2008 | Large Ensemble Series
Darcy James Argue – SECRET SOCIETY
Gregg August – DIALOGUES ON RACE
David Binney – STRING PROJECT
John Ellis – THE ICE SIREN
Pedro Giraudo – CAMPO
Jason Lindner – BREEDING GROUND
Sherisse Rogers – PROJECT UPRISING
Josh Roseman – EXTENDED CONSTELLATIONS
Yosvany Terry – IDENTITIES
2009 | Residency Commission
Ambrose Akinmusire – UNTITLED
John Ellis – MOBRO
Miles Okazaki – FIGURATIONS
2010 | Residency Commissions – New Voices
Amir ElSaffar – WITHTIN/BETWEEN
Sofia Rei Koutsvitis – DE TIERRA Y ORO (EARTH AND GOLD)
Jen Shyu – RAGING WATERS, RED SANDS
Sachal Vasandani – SHOOT THE MESSENGER
2011 | Leading from the Bass (Residency Commission & Commission)
Matt Brewer* – UNTITLED
Alexis Cuadrado – UNTITLED
Linda Oh – STRING PROJECT
Joe Sanders – BASS SUITE I – VII
*Matt Brewer was offered a commission without residency.
2012 | Residency Commission & Commissions
Kris Davis – WAITING FOR YOU TO GROW
John Escreet – UNTITLED
Sullivan Fortner* – EXPANSIONS: Suite in B for Jazz Quintet
David Virelles* – THREEFOLD
*Sullivan and David were offered commissions without residencies.
2013 | Residency Commissions & Commissions
Ben Wendel – UNTITLED
Greg Ward – CAPTURING SUNLIGHT
Ben van Gelder – AMONG VERTICALS
Godwin Louis (Yet to Premiere)
Roman Filiu* – SUITE QUATERÍA
*Roman were offered commissions without residencies.
2014-2015 | Residency Commissions & Commissions
Chris Morrissey – STANDARD CANDLE
Becca Stevens – REGINA
2015-2016 | Residency Commission
Rafiq Bhatia – WALKING RIGHT UP TO THE SUN
Mary Halvorson – CODE GIRL
Gilad Hekselman – 49th
2016-2017 | Residency Commission
Maria Grand – EMBRACEMENT
Adam O’Farrill – I’D LIKE MY LIFE BACK
Joel Ross – BEING A YOUNG BLACK MAN