Jelloslave (aka Purple Orange), hailed by Rebecca Lang of the Star Tribune as “…an infectious, mysterious melee of genres.” partners with the American Composers Forum to present three works by the winners of the 2018 ACF Showcase national competition on Saturday, June 2 at the Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. Composers Robin Holcomb (Seattle, WA), Larry McDonough (Saint Paul, MN), and Harriet Steinke (Detroit, MI) will be in residence, working with Jelloslave (aka Purple Orange) during rehearsals May 31st & June 1st with the performance on June 2, 2018. Jelloslave (aka Purple Orange) will also feature works by Mary Ellen ChildsMichelle Kinney, and Jacqueline Ultan.

The 2018 ACF Showcase Concert will take place Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Open Eye Figure Theatre (506 E 24th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404). Doors open at 6:45 PM, with a concert start time of 7:30 PM and a reception following the concert. This concert is now SOLD OUT, but if you’d like to make a gift to support the composers participating in this program, please visit our giving page.

2018 Composers

Robin Holcomb
Robin Holcomb
Larry McDonough
Larry McDonough
Harriet Steinke
Harriet Steinke

Funding

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support is provided by the Dr. Fred Noah Gordon Charitable Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation.

Jelloslave (Purple Orange), a new music quartet comprised of 2 cellos, tablas and drums, is committed to creating original music, weaving cellos and drums in a multi-genre, cross-cultural and rhythmic fabric. The collective diversity of our individual influences fuels the Jelloslave sound, which draws from the European classical tradition reflected in the cellos, the Hindustani classical rhythms of the tablas, and a continuum of international drumming styles with the drum kit.

The submitted work can be for the complete instrumentation or any subset of the ensemble.

What sets Jelloslave (Purple Orange) apart from other ensembles fusing multi-cultural elements, is our unique instrumentation, our unexpected arrangements, and the organic fluency with which we merge our foundational training with modern extended techniques. And last but really foremost, is our passion for improvisation. Over the 12 years of the band’s trajectory, we have evolved to incorporate improvisation within almost all of our compositions, both free and over chord changes, either as a group or in small combos/solos within the quartet.

The American Composers Forum encourages applicants from the full range of musical styles and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our programs will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in genre, gender, race, and geography.

Download a PDF of the 2018 ACF Showcase Guidelines Here.

2017 ACF Showcase Participants with the

ANCIA Saxophone Quartet 

Robert Lemay
Robert Lemay
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Robin McLaughlin
Robin McLaughlin
Essex Junction, VT
Steven Snowden
Steven Snowden
Jamaica Plain, MA