Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)
With funding provided by the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA) is an annual award given to emerging Minnesota composers of Jazz/Improvisation, Electronic, and World music. Recipients are nominated by a confidential panel of prominent figures in the Minnesota new music community.
The 2013 MECA winners have been announced:
· Davu Seru, improvising percussionist, will perform with Raphael Toral in Portugal, Germany and Switzerland. Additionally Jean Rochard (former co curator of Minnesota’s Sur Seine Festival) will set him up with musicians of the African Diaspora in France to perform March 15-23, 2014. Together these will boost his international profile and chances for festival participation.
· Nona Marie Invie – former member of Dark, Dark, Dark – will travel to Brazil with yoga teacher Rachel Hiltsley and create live music for yoga retreats (an idea growing out of her participation in St. Paul’s Yoga Rocks the Park). The music will be recorded and distributed to other yoga and meditation centers.
· Mark McGee aka MAKr (of To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie and Marijuana Deathsquads) will create “Curse the day that birthed the bastard,” an electronic album and live installation documenting stages in his life. In addition to collaborating with other visual and sound artists, the project will include eight sonic “Memorial Sites” around the Twin Cities including flowers, candles, lawn chairs, and baby pictures.
MECA’s goals are:
- To engage Minnesota-based artists who otherwise might not apply to an ACF program (because of perceived barriers such as identifying themselves as a “composer”, panel processes, grant-writing sophistication, lack of awareness about artistic and financial support, etc.).
- To provide these artists with funds to support a project that promises to have a significant boost to their career.
- To send a message to a broader section of local music creators, encouraging them to see how ACF might fit their needs.
- To encourage risk-taking and support the creation of quality new music.
Awards and Benefits:
Each MECA winner receives an award of $3,000 to help them pursue a project of their choosing that is designed to advance their career.
2012 MECA Recipients:
- JT Bates (Jazz/Improvisation)
- Lucas Melchior (Electronic)
- Orkestar Bez Ime (World)
2011 MECA Recipients:
- John Keston (electronic music)
- Malamanya (world music)
- Graham O'Brien (jazz/improvisation)
2010 MECA Recipients:
- Jon Davis (electronic music)
- Pete Hennig (jazz/improvisation)
- M.anifest/Kwame Tsikata (world music)
2009 MECA Recipients:
- James P. Hungelmann (electronic music)
- Kevin Washington (jazz/improvisation)
- Yilma Woldemedhen (world music)
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