Newsbits: El Intruso / Eighth Blackbird / Argue’s Secret Society / League of Composers / End of Zorn’s Filmworks?

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009
English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2013 El Intruso Poll results are out, featuring the free-jazz and related artists and releases voted best by critics (including me).

The Eighth Blackbird has won another Grammy, proving that there can sometimes be justice in the world.

Darcy James Argue‘s Music From Brooklyn Babylon will be released soon, and he has provided one track to his Kickstarter backers. As you might expect, it sounds fantastic.

The League of Composers is holding a competition: The League of Composers/ISCM-US Section Composers’ Competition is open to all composers with United States citizenship or legal residence. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and possible performance in New York City. Up to five additional finalists may also be selected. There are no stylistic limitations. Works must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length, although closer to 10 minutes is encouraged, to increase the likelihood that the piece will be programmed on a League/ISCM concert. Submitted works may be for solo instrument, small ensemble, or any combination up to a chamber orchestra, voice, multiple vocalists, chorus, opera and additional media, and/or electronic components.

The Examiner writes about the possible end of John Zorn’s Filmworks project.