Musical Traditions, also known as the Paul Dresher Ensemble, develops and presents the work of contemporary music composer Paul Dresher and his collaborators. The ensemble typically offers about 50 performances to audiences of 9,000 people each year. In addition, Musical Traditions provides short-term and long-term rentals in its warehouse space for the development of work, rehearsals, performances, and to digital recording artists and arts organizations. Other programs include artist residencies, fiscal sponsorship, and comprehensive project development support for artist-led projects. This grant to Musical Traditions supports the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
About the Grantee
55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102-3916, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
The Paul Dresher Ensemble is a contemporary music organization dedicated to today’s most innovative and irreverent composers. Engaging more than 3,000 audience members each year through productions and tours of opera works and experimental music theater, the group performs contemporary compositions with a combination of traditional acoustic and contemporary electronic instruments. During the grant period, the organization plans to continue performing locally and nationally, to formalize its technical and production support services for local artists into an artist residency program, and to increase individual donations through increased board involvement in fundraising.
for the 2021 50 Arts Commissions for folk and traditional arts
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support Musical Traditions in commissioning, developing, and presenting “The Rebirth of Aspara: Artistic Lineage, Cultural Resilience, and the resurrection of Cambodian Arts from the Ashes of Genocide.” The lead artist is classical Cambodian dancer, choreographer, and singer Charya Burt. The work will combine re-imagined traditional dance, as well as music and poetry, to explore how Khmer arts have embodied the essence of Cambodian culture from ancient mythology to its post-genocide revitalization.