JFund Awardee Leaha Maria Villareal on Collaborative Relationships

JFund Awardee Leaha Maria Villareal on Collaborative Relationships

Los Angeles-based Jerome Fund awardee Leaha Maria Villareal talks about musician relationships with tranquility in her voice. She composes music for Hotel Elefant, an ensemble that takes on the difficult task of representing music from living composers. “‘Modern Music’ is already solidified,” she explains. “There’s a canon for it, but it hasn’t yet included works that are being written today. So, how do we support the contemporary music of our colleagues?”

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JFund Awardee Joseph C. Phillips and Genre Fluidity

JFund Awardee Joseph C. Phillips and Genre Fluidity

Social inequity is being discussed in the mainstream more and more frequently, and the music industry is not an exception. “When people have opportunities, those build upon one another. But if you never have that opportunity…people may think you must not be good, and that’s unfair.”

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Minneapolis "Rock Quartet" Straya Pull Off A Multi-Genre Opus on Sobereyed

Minneapolis "Rock Quartet" Straya Pull Off A Multi-Genre Opus on Sobereyed

It’s almost foolish to try and list all the genres at play across Sobereyed’s 60 minutes. It has to be experienced, not just described. The band employ guest vocals, cornet solos, and a stellar production team, smartly surrounding themselves with players that also couldn’t care less about which genre is at play.

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