Announcing Our 2017-18 Con Edison Composers in Residence

David Johnston

Edward W. Hardy

Residency: Turtle Bay Music School

Edward Wellington Hardy is a critically acclaimed violinist, violist and composer. He performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and abroad, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The Apollo Theater, and Signature Theater, among others. His music composition and performance in the smash hit show The Woodsman has received rave reviews from critics and celebrities. “Edward W. Hardy, who composed the omnipresent music, plays the violin superbly.” – The New York Times. He has worked in cooperation with BAFTA, Google, Grand Canyon NACAP, and America’s Promise. Edward earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with honors.

Remy Le Boeuf

Residency: Bloomingdale School of Music

Saxophonist and composer, Remy Le Boeuf envisions his approach to composition and improvisation as stemming from the roots of language. Le Boeuf often employs literary elements to fuel his compositions as in his recent collaboration with Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet entitled imaginist. He has received commissions and awards from Chamber Music America, the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, SFJAZZ, the ASCAP Foundation, New York Youth Symphony, the International Symposium of Jazz Arrangers and Composers, and the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies. In addition to his work as a leader, Le Boeuf has performed with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Donny McCaslin Saxophone Quartet, Linda Oh, Alexis Cuadrado, and Dayna Stephens. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, Le Boeuf currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Arun Luthra

Residency: Flushing Town Hall

Arun Luthra is one of New York’s leading saxophonists and composers, and an exponent of the art form of konnakol (South Indian classical music vocalized rhythms). Leader of the Konnakol Jazz Project, he is one of the few jazz musicians of Indian heritage fusing modern jazz with the rhythms of Indian classical music, as well as drawing from a wide variety of modern and classic influences to create a vibrant new sound and style. Luthra is also an accomplished educator – 2017 marks his 20th year as a faculty member at The New School’s renowned School of Jazz in New York.

Javier Moreno Sanchez

Residency: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Javier Moreno Sanchez is a composer and bass player. During the past years in addition to NYC he has also resided in Rome, Madrid, Paris and Buenos Aires, where he has been dedicated to an intensive agenda inside different music scenes, such as flamenco, jazz and multidisciplinary creation. His work has premiered in festivals and venues around the word such as: Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, Cornelia Street (Café NY), Ars música Festival (Brussels), Sunset Sunside (Paris), The New York Flamenco Festival, or the Duke Theater of New York. He holds a MM from NYU, and he has been awarded with prizes such as: Spanish Royal Academy in Rome (Roman Prize for Composition) (Spain- Italy), Artex Fellowship for International Projects (Spain) or Decentralized Grants from Arts Mid Hudson (New York State Council on the Arts)

Mike Sayre

Residency: Queens Museum

Mike Sayre is a film composer working in New York, NY. He has composed original music for several independent filmmakers in the New York area, and has also done branding work for nonprofits. Mike’s music combines contemporary film scoring with elements of sound design and acousmatic music. Mike holds a Bachelor’s in Music for Digital Media from Ball State University and a Master’s in French horn performance from Rutgers University. In addition to composing, he is active as a freelance French Horn player in the New York area. He currently lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife, Tracy.


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