Composer Kenji Bunch joins FearNoMusic as interim director of the Young Composers Project in 2013-14
May 16, 2013
We are thrilled to announce that FearNoMusic will be joined by the celebrated and Portland-born composer Kenji Bunch as Interim Director of the Young Composers Project for the 2013-14 season! Bunch will direct the workshops and annual concert while founder and director Jeff Payne takes a year-long sabbatical.
“The FearNoMusic Young Composers Project is recognized nationwide as a model for engaging and encouraging young, creative composers. I’m really excited to return to my hometown and be able to contribute to this great program,” says Mr. Bunch.
“Having a composer of Kenji Bunch’s stature is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the amazing talents in the Young Composers Project,” says Payne. “The hands-on methods of the YCP coupled with Kenji’s skill, imagination, range and knowledge will open up great new vistas for the kids in the workshops and performances. The combination of this great mind and educator with the best professional musicians in the city of Portland to work with will be an unparalleled experience for our students.”
“It’s our great pleasure to welcome Kenji Bunch to FearNoMusic and the Young Composers Project,” says FNM Artistic Director and violinist Paloma Griffin. “The fact that Kenji is from Portland is a wonderful fit for a group like ours, as it is our mission to promote the work of Oregon and Northwest composers while fostering the education and advancement of the next generation. Our YCP students will surely flourish with Kenji as their mentor.”
More information, dates and the application form for The 2014 Young Composers Project will be available on our website later this summer. Stay tuned!
To read more about Kenji visit his website at www.kenjibunch.com.
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Young Composers Project
Dear Friends and Fans of FearNoMusic,
We are filled with gratitude to the Portland community for sustaining the worthwhile work that has helped us continue to fulfill our mission: to explore the great music of our time, build relationships with world- class composers while maintaining a special interest performing works of Oregon and Northwest composers, and promote the education and advancement of young composers in our area.
Our energy for continuing this work is strong- we’re filled with ideas and plans for enhancing our programs and are constantly looking for our “next step” to enrich the lives of people who come to hear our concerts and the students we mentor in the Young Composers Project.
As members of the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Cutural Leadership Program, FearNoMusic is committed to curating concert experiences that reflect the always-evolving cultural climate of classical music in the world today, and exploring new, non-traditional concert formats that are inclusive and appealing to a wider audience.
PS- FearNoMusic and it’s educational outreach program, the Young Composers Project were honored to have been selected once again to participate as one of 100 featured nonprofits in the 2012 Willamette Week Give!Guide! We’re grateful to our sponsor and business partner in the Give!Guide, Classic Pianos, to the Willamette Week for inspiring a culture of giving in Portland, and to adventurous new music lovers throughout the Northwest for their great support!
“FearNoMusic … play with a felicitous combination of easy rapport and tight ensemble.” —The Oregonian
Since 1992 FearNoMusic has earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries of chamber music and challenging audiences with extraordinary programs and collaborations. Based in Portland, Oregon, FNM’s work has united them with a wide range of artists of various mediums (i.e. a taiko ensemble, the zheng, the shakuhachi, the theremin, electronics, multi-media videos and dancers from every discipline). The group has worked to foster new audiences by collaborating internationally while maintaining a special interest in featuring local composers, musicians and artists of all disciplines.