In partnership with the acclaimed ensemble Jelloslave (Purple Orange), the American Composers Forum announces a Call for Scores for the fifth annual ACF Showcase concert which will take place at the Open Eye Figure Theatre (Minneapolis, MN).

Three scores from the total applicant pool will be chosen for the performance. The composers of the pieces will each receive hotel stay in Saint Paul, domestic travel to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and $204.00 per-diem to cover meals during the four days of travel/rehearsals/ performance of their work May 31 –  June 2, 2018 (Travel Days May 31 & June 3, 2018) in Minneapolis/ Saint Paul, MN. The performance will take place the evening of Saturday June 2, 2018 at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis.


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