With our mission to connect composers in community, the America Composers Forum of Los Angeles partners with numerous organizations, institutions, ensembles, and nonprofits.
Brightwork newmusic is a classical new music sextet based in Los Angeles, California. A flexible and fearless group of world-class musicians, Brightwork consists of piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion (an instrumentation which is often called “Pierrot + percussion,” and which is to modern chamber music what the string quartet was to earlier centuries), and champions the best of the music that’s being written today, while continuing to play the classics of “new” music from the last hundred years.
We play the music we love, whether this is one of our favorite masterworks of the 20th century, or the latest dazzling score from a composer whose music we just discovered. What the listener can expect at a Brightwork concert–at the very least–is exciting, emotionally engaging music presented in state-of-the-art performances. Brightwork seeks to draw the audience into the creative process.
Gnarwhallaby was formed in 2011 to revive and perform the repertoire composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, cello, and piano. As its starting point, the quartet used the missions and repertoires of the now defunct, avant-garde polish ensemble Warsztat Muzyczny as well as the later german outfit Quartett Avance. As the third generation “grandchild” quartet–the first in the United States and the only currently active quartet of its kind in the world–Gnarwhallaby continues to expand this largely unknown and fascinating body of repertoire with active composer commissions and original compositions by its members.
The mission of Pacific Serenades is to generate new chamber music by commissioning works and presenting them alongside standard repertoire in intimate concert settings, emphasizing the talents of Southern California musicians.
Pacific Serenades is a 2013 recipient of New Music USA’s Letter of Distinction, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the field of contemporary American music. We have twice been awarded the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, for our 2004-05 and 2002-03 seasons. Pacific Serenades’s first CD, The Hall of Mirrors, was a winner of the 2001 Chamber Music America/WQXR Records Awards.
People Inside Electronics (PIE) is a concert series devoted to the performance and promotion of live electroacoustic music in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 2009, PIEʼs events have been lauded by the LA Times, Sequenza21, LA Opus, the Huffington Post and KPFKʼ s Global Village. PIE showcases ambitious and innovative uses of electronics in concert music, as well as classic works by electronic music’s early pioneers. Past events have included several world premieres, performances of rarely heard monumental works, and interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, dancers, writers, actors, scientists and engineers. PIE is dedicated to showcasing the vibrant community of local talent in southern California as well as being a destination for hosting internationally renowned artists. In 2014, PIE became an independent non-profit organization with legally recognized 501(c)(3) status.
Over the course of its twenty-year history, Piano Spheres, renowned for the performance of contemporary works for piano, has presented 80 premieres – including 54 world premieres, 628 works by 206 composers, and has commissioned 20 piano works through the Leonard Stein Memorial Fund. Piano Spheres’ outstanding artists perform at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of Music. The Satellite Series, co-presented by REDCAT, presents performances by emerging Los Angeles pianists. This ear-opening set of recitals is made possible through an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Synchromy is a composers’ collaborative, producing engaging new music events that foster greater understanding and connections between the people of Los Angeles, elevating the presence of the music being created here and around the world. Synchromy creates the space needed for musicians, composers, and music-lovers to come together and experience work being written right here and right now. The individuals of Synchromy do not have a unified compositional style. We will never limit ourselves to one school of composition, or one genre, or one anything. There can never be a single Los Angeles style of music because of the stunning diversity of cultural influences and backgrounds that serve to make Los Angeles an exciting place to live. Our concerts aim to reflect the variety of musical voices sounding in this vibrant city.
The Salastina Music Society enriches hearts, minds, and our greater community through world-class and educational curated performances of chamber music. By providing listeners with a field guide to the vast, rich landscape of chamber music, Salastina feeds the curiosity of audiences of all types — from the classical music cognoscenti to new listeners of all ages. With a repertoire spanning three centuries, including special priority given to premieres by living composers, Salastina’s compelling and personable guided tours allow the music to resonate more fully than it otherwise might, leading to enhanced connections between listeners, musicians, composers, and the music. Salastina’s evolving repertory company is capable of presenting chamber music of every style, instrumentation, and historical period. Our artist roster comprises musicians drawn from Los Angeles’ rich pool of talent, from Los Angeles Philharmonic principals to opera stars to world-renowned soloists and chamber musicians.
Tuesdays@MONK Space presents monthly concerts featuring cutting-edge new music and adventurous interdisciplinary arts programming in an interactive and inspiring environment at MONK Space, Los Angeles.
wasteLAnd is a Los Angeles-based concert series featuring avant-garde and experimental music, focusing on local performers and living composers. With an emphasis on recent and under-performed compositions, wasteLAnd is committed to expanding cultural offerings of the LA community and strives to build long-term relationships with contemporary music enthusiasts and newcomers alike. wasteLAnd concerts are an experience of unique curation, dedication, and quality—a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere in which listeners encounter engaging programs and tenacious performances.