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Project Support Grant - Chamber Music Showcase
Hailed as “one of the brightest new music ensembles on the scene today” by Gramophonemagazine, Atlanta-based Bent Frequency (BF) founded in 2003 has established itself as the Southeast’s premiere contemporary music ensemble. A champion of historically underrecognized composers, BF’s events aim to be inclusive of their diverse and dynamic community, ushering the contemporary music experience from the strict formality of the concert hall into the fresh air of artistic expression and experimentation.
A&E funds will support Bent Frequency's (BF) third annual Underscore_call for scores. The submission calls for groundbreaking chamber music that embodies diverse compositional voices and will showcase works by up to six selected composers.
At the heart of the ensemble is the unparalleled musicianship of BF performers, an eclectic mix of the most adventurous and impassioned players from the greater Atlanta area. BF does not have a fixed instrumentation. Instead, it is a modular group, flexible enough to present large-scale productions to smaller, more intimate chamber performances.
BF has also partnered with The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia Innocence Project and UGA Law, Art and Music Schools to produce The Innocents, concerts, conversations, and lectures addressing art’s role in advocacy surrounding wrongful convictions and injustices in the US penal system.
In 2013, Artistic Directors Jan Berry Baker and Stuart Gerber created the Bent Frequency Duo Project. Together, they have commissioned more than 50 original works and given hundreds of performances on national and international stages. Their debut CD, Diamorpha, was released on the Centaur Label featuring a number of these new works.