News and Projects


NEW VOICES with Nicholas Isherwood

A lecture and demonstration by vocalist Nicholas Isherwood, presented by ACF Philadelphia, UPenn Music Department and Slought Foundation. Read more about this opporunity.


Marilyn Nonken Collaboration Opportunity

ACF Philadelphia is proud to offer an opporunity for three composers to write piece for spectral piano master Marilyn Nonken. The purpose of this project is to offer Philadelphia area composers the chance to collaborate with Ms. Nonken, who is one of the leading performers of new music in the world. Our goal is to give composers access to world class performers and to create the conditions for dynamic collaborative work. Read more about this opporunity.


Akikazu Nakamura: Performance and Conversation with Gene Coleman

ACF Philadelphia is launching a new series of events aimed at expanding everyone's musical horizons. The first event in the series will take place at 7:00 PM on February 21st, featuring the shakuhachi master and composer Akikazu Nakamura. Mr. Nakamura is an ideal first guest for the series, in that his musical universe encompasses a range of styles that may seem very unusual. He is a highly regarded master of the Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) but also studied classical and jazz music in the USA at Berklee College of Music. In his unique style, many musical elements are combined in new and fresh ways. Read more about this event.


Mixes From the Field

Mixes from the Field is a website and a collaborative project dedicated to connecting and inspiring those who use ambient or environmental sound recordings in their sonic works. Co led by ACF Composer and student of Deep Listening Pioneer Pauline Oliveros Michael McDermott. The projects seeks to make it a priority to reach and work with amateurs as well as more experienced musicians in a dedicated search to connect (art) students, (non-)musicians, field recordists, sound artists and their audiences. Following the principles of Deep Listening, Mixes from the Field seeks to form an inclusive platform for the sonic arts. Listening is innately inclusive. A day-long workshop for ACF Members and other artists will be help on Saturday March 25. Read more about this project.


The Steven R. Gerber Composer Residency Program

This is a 3-year initiative, which each year will select a different composer to create a new work for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) and take part in various residency activities over the course of a full season. Each season will feature a new composer and focus on a specific theme, with the selected composer chosen for their abilities to make the most of that particular theme. This opportunity is made available to all composers in the Philadelphia area (including Camden County, NJ). In the event that the successful candidate is not a member of ACF Philadelphia, they will be expected to sign up for at least a 1-year membership. Read more about this opportunity.


Unsung at Rail Park

Sound artist and composer Nadia Botello and video artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib’s installation Unsung evokes the silenced and forgotten voices of women in the Callowhill neighborhood from its earliest days to our present moment. Interweaving the narratives of an 18th-century prostitute, the wife of an Irish railroad worker, an undocumented immigrant stuck in a cycle of dependency, and descriptions of the houses of pleasure in Philadelphia’s “Sin City” period, the artists create a timeline in image and sound that moves through the neighborhood’s tumultuous history. Four vocalists interpreted and recorded the score, and beneath the Reading Viaduct, their images are projected while industrial steel resonates with displaced voices. Amidst this immersive installation, the unsung women of the neighborhood are written into the historical record. Read more at The Mural Arts project page

Sound Artist and composer collaborates with Mural Arts Philadelphia for this premiere vocal, electronics and video installation..