Announcing the Ridgewood Bushwick Composer Residency Panelists

Katie Cox


We are delighted to announce the panelists for the inaugural round of the EtM Ridgewood Bushwick Composer Residency. Panels took place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at our office at 205 Lexington Avenue on the 17th floor.

Many thanks to our panelists and nominators for their expertise in selecting this year’s composer-in-residence at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council.

To find out who this year’s composer-in-residence for this residency program, click here.


Lisa Dowling is an Australian bassist, composer, vocalist and improviser whose work has been described as “Bjork-like and innovative” (New York Times.) A multifaceted musician, Ms. Dowling has collaborated with composers, fashion designers, artists, dancers, rock bands and has performed in everything from concert halls to warehouses. Most notably, Ms. Dowling spent the majority of 2015 and 2016 touring internationally and nationally with the Latin grammy nominated Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York’s first and only all female Mariachi band, culminating in a performance on NPR’S Tiny Desk Series. Ms. Dowling released her debut electronic alternative pop album with Gold Bolus Records in May of 2015. Entitled lullaby apocalypse under the moniker kills to kisses, the album is a marriage of acoustic contemporary classical technics, looping artistry, electronica, trip hop and folk.

Composer Daniel Felsenfeld has been commissioned and performed by Simone Dinnerstein, Two Sense, Metropolis Ensemble, American Opera Projects, Opera on Tap, Great Noise Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, ACME, ETHEL, REDSHIFT, Two Sides Sounding, Momenta Quartet, Friction Quartet, Blair McMillen, Stephanie Mortimore, Jennifer Choi, Caroline Widmann, Cornelius Duffallo, Jody Redhage, Nadia Sirota, Caroline Worra, Elanor Taylor, Kathleen Supové, Jenny Lin, Ensemble 212, New Gallery Concert Series and Transit, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Kennedy Center, ATLAS, Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, Galapagos Art Space, The Stone, The Kitchen, BAM, Jordan Hall, Duke University, The Southern Theatre, Stanford University and Harvard University, as part of 21c Liederabend, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA, Keys to the Future, Make Music New York, He has also worked with Jay-Z, The Roots, Keren Ann, Rick Moody, Stew, Mark Z. Danielewski, and is the court composer for John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders. Commercially available on the Sony, Def Jam, Black Box, and Naxos labels. Raised in the outlying suburbs of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn. Daniel is also a founding member of New Music Gathering.

Darius Jones is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist and composer. Jones was one of Jazz Times’ Debut Artists of the Year for 2009 and his 2012 release, Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise), was listed among NPR’s Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year. He was nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year by the JJA Jazz Awards. Jones made his compositional debut at Carnegie Hall with The Oversoul Manual in 2014. Jones has collaborated with Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, Eric Revis Quartet, Nasheet Waits Quartet, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Matthew Shipp, and many more.

With roots as a mild-mannered farm boy, opera/theater composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith enjoys creating over-sized, character-based moments for stories that drip with tenderness, vulnerability and truth. Drawing from his background as a percussionist, his music favors color and stylization while simmering with an underlying rhythmic vitality. Stage works include the opera WHY IS EARTHA KITT TRYING TO KILL ME?: A LOVE STORY with librettist David Johnston and the musical LIGHTNING MAN with lyricist Shoshana Greenberg. He was a Resident Artist with American Lyric Theater, a Resident Composer with the EtM Con Edison Composer’s Residency, participated in the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, studied at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, and has a few degrees.


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