Saturday, August 1, 2015

African American Composer Initiative News - Save the Date, January 30 & 31, 2016

Valerie Capers 2015
We musicians of the African American Composer Initiative send you warm mid-summer greetings! We are pleased to share some wonderful news with you and to let you know of our exciting plans for our 2016 benefit concerts. Please mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31, 2016 at 3 pm.

We are thrilled to present a musical celebration of a living legend, Valerie Capers. Joining her will be the brilliant bassist John Robinson, our core group of musicians, and guest artists from the jazz and classical worlds.
Gratefully we announce that AACI has been awarded a 
generous $10,000 grant, along with matching 
grants, by the Carpenter Fund of the 
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. This support 
will make it possible to continue our joyful mission 
of bringing the people of our community together to 
experience the amazing and powerful music of 
African American composers in live concerts. The 
matching grants will make contributions by our 
donors go twice as far in covering production and 
commissioning costs. AACI continues to donate all 
ticket proceeds to the marvelous Eastside College 
Preparatory School of East Palo Alto.

Our connection with the Center for Black Music 
Research at Columbia College in Chicago continues 
to deepen and grow. Their archives now house new 
musical scores by Valerie Capers, John Robinson, 
and Joshua McGhee, as well as archival DVDs of all
AACI concerts, representing over twenty-five African 
American composers. In June, Jodi Gandolfi made a 
fruitful visit to the archive, returning to California with 
a bounty of beautiful music to share in upcoming 

We appreciate you, our enthusiastic audience 
members and supporters, and can’t wait to share 
another program with you!

With best wishes,

LaDoris Cordell, Jodi Gandolfi, and Deanne Tucker for

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