The Musical Grant Program awards grants to support the creative musical activity of San Francisco Bay Area performers, composers and presenters whose projects focus specifically on music for the small ensemble. New Moon Duo is commissioning composer Nicolas Lell Benavides to write a new song cycle exploring the unique cultural identity of New Mexicans. The songs will be sung in Caló, a dialect of Spanish spoken first by Chicano communities in New Mexico and Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border, and later spreading to Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
New Moon Duo, along with our colloborator, composer Nick Benavides, have been offered a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute for the 2019 season.
Our residency will take place in October in New Hampshire and will allow us time and space to work on a new song cycle celebrating Nuevomexicanos,