The African American Composer Initiative (AACI) magnifies the works of living and historical African American Composers, principally piano, vocal, and chamber music, by presenting this music in concert and sharing these live performances here. Our purpose is to increase awareness of this vast and rich repertoire among the listening public and performing musicians alike, sparking further explorations and performances.
Our most recent performance was "A Musical Celebration of Valerie Capers," Jan. 30-31, 2016.
|In the media:||
• San Jose Mercury News, La Doris Cordell: A Secret Musical Life (Jan. 27, 2016) |
• KGO, San Jose's Independent Police Auditor to retire, focus on music (May 27, 2015)
• The Almanac, Concerts pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 20, 2015)
• San Jose Mercury News, Concert Triumph (Jan. 27, 2014)
• Palo Alto Weekly, Reclaiming history through music (Jan. 17, 2014)
• Palo Alto Weekly, Empire State of Mind (Jan. 25, 2013)
• Palo Alto Weekly, A Mission of Music (Jan. 21, 2011)
One hundred percent of concert ticket proceeds and donations designated to benefit Eastside College Preparatory School go directly to the school. AACI seeks donations through this website to help further its mission of commissioning new works from African American composers and to assist with concert production and recording expenses. To date, every concert has included the premiere of new vocal and chamber works by composers Dr. Valerie Capers and Joshua McGhee, a manifestation of AACI's commitment to the ongoing creativity of today's composers.