Aperio brings American art song to Houston audineces


Aperio, Music of the Americas, brought a wide range of American art song to audiences in Houston, Texas. funded by a 2015 AMP grant. In the program, titled “Gilded Twilight: Evocations of America’s Victorian Age,” soprano Julia Fox and pianist Michael Zuraw performed songs of Charles Ives, Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, and Gabriel Kahane to audiences in several venues throughout Houston.



Nicholas Phillips wraps “New Playlist” tour in Chicago


Nicholas Phillips performed his “New Playlist” program in Chicago May 6 at PianoForte.

Phillips has been been performing the program of new American piano music on an extensive international tour, funded in part by an AMP grant. The project is a followup to his “American Vernacular” disc of keyboard works by homegrown composers.

Read a review of Phillips’ PianoForte recital here.


Third Angle explores Cage-Feldman connections


Third Angle New Music presented an inventive program spotlighting music of John Cage and Morton Feldman March 11 in Portland, Oregon. This AMP-funded event was titled “Radio Happenings,” after the 1960s series of radio conversations between the two American composers.

The program also included works of Webern and Christian Wolff, as well as Feldman’s lost composition, The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar.

Read the comprehensive review of this concert at Oregon Arts Watch.

AMP grantee to perform his American program in Chicago


American Music Project grantee Nicholas Phillips is coming to Chicago Friday night.

Phillips earned widespread acclaim for “American Vernacular,” his 2014 recording of newish piano music by homegrown composers

The Wisconsin-based musician has embarked on a sequel to that admirable enterprise, titled “New Playlist,” with a follow-up tour of more American piano music, which will also be recorded. That tour, which is funded in part by a grant from the American Music Project, will bring him to PianoForte Studios tomorrow night.

Phillips will perform works of contemporary American composers, including Stacy Garrop, Doug Opel, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Joel Puckett, Judd Greenstein, Jonathan Pieslak, Mark Olivieri and Carter Pann. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. at PianoForte Studios. https://www.pianofortefoundation.org/concert/new-playlist?url=new-playlist