The music of composer Judah Adashi (b. 1975), grounded in the classical tradition and imbued with soul and pop influences ranging from Nina Simone to Björk, has been described as “beguiling” (Alex Ross, New Yorker), “elegant” (Steve Smith, Boston Globe), and “impassioned” (Will Robin, Seated Ovation). He has been honored with awards, grants and commissions from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP and BMI Foundations, the American Composers Forum, New Music USA and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as residencies at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Among Dr. Adashi’s recent works is Rise, a collaboration with the poet Tameka Cage Conley. The 40-minute piece for double choir and chamber ensemble, which bears witness to America’s fraught civil rights journey from Selma to Ferguson and beyond, was praised for its “strong words [and] clear music” (Anne Midgette, Washington Post). The work’s opening movement was recorded and released in May 2015, with all proceeds going to the family of Freddie Gray, the young black man whose death while in police custody sparked the Baltimore Uprising.