Based in Kansas City, FuseBox New Music champions new music by providing composers with commissions, performances, recordings, and collaborative opportunities, all with a special emphasis on emerging local composers.

FuseBox curates innovate concert experiences, and works towards cultivating the audiences of today as well as tomorrow. As advocates of working musicians, they are committed to compensating their musicians at a wage that matches the local union rate.

For its inaugural season, FuseBox will be presenting three new music events in Kansas City.

The Debussy Project is an elaborate musical tapestry in the form of a five-composer collaborative work. Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp serves as the framework as four new commissions intersect with its three movements. Composers Zane Winter, Scott Steele, Cooper Ottum, and Ben Stevenson will work to create an entirely new work, creating a diverse, concert-length experience. The piece will premiere at the breathtaking Prairie Logic, a venue and ongoing art installation situated atop a sixth story roof in downtown Kansas City.

Photo Courtesy of The Harmony Project KC

Photo Courtesy of The Harmony Project KC

FuseBox has commissioned local composer AJ Harbison to compose a new work for the students of Harmony Project KC (HPKC). HPKC works with underprivileged and at-risk children in the Northeast side of Kansas City. Through this new commission, the students will receive a new piece written specifically for them. They will experience working one-on-one with a mentoring, living composer as they bring the new work to life. Funding for the commission is provided by a grant from ArtsKC.

Bold, fresh, and beautiful, Long Dream of the Fisherman’s Song is an opera written by FuseBox founder Zane Winter with a libretto by Chicago based writer Ethan Grant. It will bring together diverse color pallet of instruments from around the world. Long Dream…is a dramatic, abstract exploration of idealism, gender, and social and emotional expectations in contemporary relationships. The opera is a long-term project, currently in the works as it continues to be improved and workshopped.