Fifteen ASCAP scholarships, fellowships, residencies, and awards were granted to 19 composers and lyricists working in all genres of music at the Seventh Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards and Scholarships ceremony.
ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman hosted the event, describing the program as “a way of thanking all of those who enrich and educate us about this music.”
This month I was simply fascinated by the diverse sources of inspiration that drove composers and musicians to commit so much work to 41 new recordings of American music.
I was fascinated this month to find so many artists among the stack of new recordings who have moved away from their roots and ventured into the unknown to find their mental and spiritual homes.
This month, my people, those with lips as agile as their fingers, reign supreme over the newly released recordings.
What I found most remarkable about this month’s assemblage of 56 new recordings is that they are a pretty accurate reflection of how American concert music has evolved over the last century (give or take a few decades).
Of the 30 recordings that we received this month, I think many of them are worthy additions to our personal soundtracks.
This month, 8 of the 25 CDs that I received reminded me of the basic need to move when hearing music.
Thirteen new recordings this month exhibit the presence of women in the jazz of the 21st century, a genre that is shedding its passé machismo and growing into a more pure expression of the human spirit.
I encourage all of you to check out the great crop of new releases featured this month, take a listen, and figure out which ones speak to you.