PathologyOutlines.com will celebrate 20 years of operation in August 2021 and wants to give back to some of those suffering during the
COVID-19 pandemic. For 2021, we will be promoting select classical and jazz musicians each month on our website and with a cash stipend. Here are the Application Requirements.
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July 2021 Recipient: Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin is a Michigan based musician — guitarist, singer, arranger, composer — who performs solo and collaborative projects. He is the winner of several awards and competitions including SFCM's Guitar Concerto Competition and ICCA's Best Arrangement award.
An avid and talented arranger, Nicholas was recently commissioned by the Guitar Foundation of America's Mentorship Program to arrange a piece for a mentee to be published in a compilation of guitar music by BIPOC composers. He seeks to produce, commission and arrange new American music for guitar.
Nicholas loves the color blue, Mozart’s Symphony 29, college football, Bach circle progressions and the sound of a pedal steel guitar.
Suite No. 5 in Popular Style: V. Gently Flowing
The Volterra Project Laureates 2018: Alfonsina y el Mar
Check out his YouTube page for more music!
June 2021 Recipient: Quartet Granitique
Formed at the University of Michigan in 2018, Quartet Granitique is composed of violinist Ivan Suminski, cellist Hanna Rumora, clarinetist Leo Kim, and pianist Yuting Ma. Taking their name from a marking in Messiaen’s "Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes" from "Quatuor pour la fin du temps", Quartet Granitique strives to bring together old and new by presenting standard works by composers such as Messiaen and Adès and by lesser-known composers such as Walter Rabl, alongside newly-written pieces by living composers like Jules Pegram.
Past performances include playing for Kerrytown Concert House’s "Mad About Chamber Music Series", as well as performing for live TV broadcast at the Bloomfield Hills Library’s chamber music series. Additionally, the quartet was awarded second place in the 2021 MTNA String Chamber Music Competition, and was a finalist for the 2019 Briggs Chamber Music Competition at the University of Michigan. Quartet Granitique has performed in masterclasses for Nico Muhly and Timothy McAllister; their coaches include Amy Cheng, Matt Albert, Willam King, and Andrew Jennings.
Walter Rabl: Quartet in E flat major
Jules Pegram: REFRACTION (2012)
Check out their YouTube page for more music!
May 2021 Recipient: Kanola Band
Kanola Band brings together some of the most experienced and diverse musicians in the midwest US jazz scene to pay tribute to the great music and heritage of New Orleans. Dipping into the city's diverse musical history including traditional Dixieland, groovin' zydeco, soulful funk to blasting brass band second lines, audiences of all ages will leave feeling just a bit happier than when they came. Bring your dancing shoes, leave your worries behind and be ready for some fun, because Kanola Band is always a good time!
Kanola members have performed at some of the most prestigious international music venues and have recorded and toured with top jazz musicians / bands on the scene. In addition to performing, they are also passionate music educators who have held teaching positions at various universities and colleges. Their unique and engaging approach to performing will leave all ages of audiences grooving in their seat or dancing in the aisle while learning about jazz, improvisation and music history, alongside the rich history and music of New Orleans.
Bourbon Street Parade - Kanola Band
April 2021 Recipient: Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra
The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra is an award winning jazz group of 19 of Detroit's best jazz musicians. The group has been together for 21 years, playing jazz festivals, clubs and concerts at their home base, Cliff Bells. Their first album, Brush Fire, was released to high acclaim, winning two Detroit Music Awards for best modern jazz group and best jazz album. Their last record, Mulgrew-ology climbed to #32 in the national jazz charts and won Detroit Music Awards for best jazz album, best jazz group and best jazz composer (Gwinnell). The group thrives on presenting artistically relevant jazz arrangements and compositions in a big band format.
Nature Boy - Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra with Motor City Symphony Orchestra
Check out their Listening Room for more music!
March 2021 Recipient: Six Mile Strings
Six Mile Strings is a string quartet of friends (Yuri Popowycz, Natalie Frakes, Alycia Wilder and Tom Sullivan) who focus on performing classical and contemporary works. They aim to expand the scope and artistry of the traditional string quartet by working with artists of many genres and across disciplines. They have worked with a number of Detroit-based artists spanning different genres including Greater Alexander, De'Sean Jones, Michael Malis, Madelyn Grant, Mario Sulaksana, Drew Schultz and more.
Projects in-the-works include an anthology of pieces composed by friends during quarantine, recording sessions with CASHFORGOLD and Anti-Philosophy, a live-streamed concert at Ste. Anne de Detroit, collaborating with Wayne State's art department to set illustration to an original piece and concert planning for premieres of pieces with Eisenhower Dance Detroit.
Beyond the concert stage, all four musicians are social activists and educators and the quartet works to catalyze generative conversations that support the reinvention and reimagining of the classical string quartet through unique performance and active community engagement.
Six Mile Strings - Marc Mellits String Quartet No. 5: Waniyetu
February 2021 Recipient: Westbound Situation
Westbound Situation blends the precision of classical chamber music, the rhythmic drive of bluegrass and the colorful expression of jazz into a new style of chamber music—chambergrass. The quartet—comprised of Grant Flick on violin, Jake Howard on mandolin, Zach Brown on cello and Jacob Warren on bass—mixes composition and improvisation seamlessly into their entirely memorized arrangements.
Westbound Situation - Griffin
To apply for a pandemic relief music award:
- The musician/ensemble must be based in the United States of America or Canada.
- The musician/ensemble must provide a media sample.
- The musician/ensemble must have a website or Facebook page that can be linked to.
- The musician/ensemble must have at least 2 or more audio/video recordings available via audio CD, online playlist, etc.