Musicians from Kaufman Music Center and across New York City premiere works by the 2020-21 Luna Composition Lab Fellows: Vera Gjaja, Alisha Heng, Jordan Millar, Zola Saadi-Klein, Azalea Twining and Marina Zurita McKinnon. A national mentorship program founded by 2018 Grammy nominee Missy Mazzoli and 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Reid with Kaufman Music Center in 2016, Luna Lab is “changing the playing field by providing mentorship and exposure to teen-age female, non-binary, and gender nonconforming composers” (The New Yorker). The event will include interviews and Q&As with the Fellows and mentors.
The performers include the Advanced Chamber Ensemble and Advanced Jazz Ensemble from KMC's Face the Music program, a piano trio and percussion quartet from KMC's Special Music School High School, the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Woodwind Ensemble, and a string quartet from The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division.
VERA GJAJA – Quadricycle
JORDAN MILLAR – Masquerade
AZALEA TWINING – Under Her Voices
ALISHA HENG – Cogito
MARINA ZURITA MCKINNON – Two Way Radio
ZOLA SAADI-KLEIN – Zafaran va Anar