Composer in Residence (from 21/22): the Kennedy Center
Carlos Simon is a multi-faceted and highly sought-after composer, whose music ranges from concert music for large and small ensembles to film scores with influences of jazz, gospel, and neo-romanticism.
Recently announced as Composer in Residence at the Kennedy Center, Carlos’ commissioning highlights include premiere works with: New York Philharmonic; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Opera; Philadelphia Orchestra; and Washington National Opera. The Philadelphia Enquirer described his music as “perfectly engaging and propulsive”.
Simon’s latest album My Ancestor’s Gift, which was released in April 2018 on Navona Records, epitomises Simon’s work incorporating spoken word and historic recordings alongside traditional classical music, crafting a multi-faceted record that speaks to audiences past and future.
In 2017, Carlos Simon joined the inaugural class of the Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music. He then went on to be named a Sundance/Time Warner Composer Fellow in 2018, seeing him work at the legendary Skywalker Ranch and he was a recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence in 2021.
“This seven-minute tapestry is at once mournful and restorative; it skirts the danger of sentimentality through sheer integrity”
San Francisco Chronicle on 'Elegy: A Cry from the Grave'
“Carlos Simon’s new piece Fate Now Conquers, commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, is based on the same Beethoven movement. [It] is actually a perfectly engaging, propulsive, middle-weight concert opener.”
“In an effort to illuminate the systemic issues plaguing both Georgetown and the United States as a whole, Simon and Rahim started work on a rap-opera, commissioned by Georgetown, entitled “Requiem for the Enslaved.” The title of the work alone signals a need for remembrance, for the acknowledgment of the pain that was endured. ”