Remy Le Boeuf Wins the 2019 ACAP Foundation & Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize
November 14, 2019
The ASCAP Foundation and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) are pleased to announce the recipient of the 5th annual ASCAP Foundation/SJO Commissioning Prize. The prize was created to honor the memory of the trailblazing musician George Duke, who was the SJO Co-Music Director and an ASCAP Board member. The SJO Music Advisory Board was tasked with the job of screening the submissions from across the country, ranging from leading jazz veterans to promising young composers. ASCAP member Remy Le Boeuf (Brooklyn, NY) was selected as the recipient of the $5,000 commissioning prize and will compose a new work for the orchestra’s 2020-21 season.
Saxophonist and composer Remy Le Boeuf’s music is rooted in the jazz tradition and overlaps into the modern classical realm drawing on various additional influences ranging from Aaron Copland to Bjork. He has worked with a wide range of collaborators including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, JACK Quartet, Knower, Linda Oh and his twin brother Pascal, with whom he co-leads the Grammy nominated ensemble, Le Boeuf Brothers.
“Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the members of SJO,” commented Le Boeuf.
Created in 2002, the 68-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Lee Ritenour, The Yellowjackets, Miguel Zenon, and George Duke. The orchestra’s recording on Mack Avenue Records features two of its commissioned works by composers George Duke and Lee Ritenour.
The ASCAP Foundation/SJO Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund and the SJO’s Commissioning Club. Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. For more information, visit www.SJOmusic.org and www.ASCAPFoundation.org.