WQXR, the famous New York classic radio station, along with New Sounds and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space have announced the artists selected to participate in its Artist Propulsion Lab (APL).
The musicians named to the 2022 program are: Aizuri Quartet (Emma Frucht and Miho Saegusa, violins; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello); baritone Justin Austin; saxophonist Steven Banks; violinist and composer Layale Chaker, flautist Emi Ferguson and cellist Andrew Yee.
Founded in 2021 to support early and mid-career artists who have exemplified artistic excellence, but who have struggled with extremely limited opportunities to work during the pandemic, APL members are receiving a $15,000 grant and a budget of up to $5,000 to hire collaborators and orders. Opportunities such as performances in The Greene Space for digital and on-air distribution, on-air hosting and curating opportunities, community engagement, and public masterclasses are also offered.
“WQXR’s mission is not just to bring classical music to listeners, but also to support and connect the emerging artists who are shaping its future,” said Ed Yim, Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer of WQXR, in a press release. “The Artist Propulsion Lab gives artists the means and freedom to experiment and produce creative work that can be shared on our platforms – radio waves, online and on stage at Greene Space. The members of 2022 form a group impressive, brimming with new ideas, diverse perspectives and a vision for the future of classical music.We are thrilled to be an incubator for their creations and to share their work with our audience.
This year’s lead singer, Justin Austin, will make his Met Opera debut as Marcellus in Brett Dean’s “Hamlet” and is currently performing in Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Intimate Apparel” at the Lincoln Center Theater. Earlier in the Met’s 2021-22 season, Austin covered the lead role of Charles Blow in the Met production of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” His program includes several appearances at Carnegie Hall, one with the Oratorio Society of New York as leader in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, and with the Cecilia Chorus as baritone soloist in “Ballad of the Brown King”. by Margaret Bonds and “Messiah” by Handel. .”