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Marie Incontrera

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Marie Incontrera is a composer, conductor, pianist, and bandleader whose multi-genre work spans opera, big band, heavy metal, post-modern orchestra, and chamber music. As a composer, Marie’s work has been hailed as “deftly woven jazz and gospel elements” and “beguiling” (NY Times). Marie has been a recipient of the Miriam Gideon Composition Award, a winner of the Remarkable Theater Brigade Art Song Competition, the 2011 Vocalessence/American Composers Forum “Essentially Choral” readings, and was a finalist in the Iron Composer 2010 competition. She has been awarded grants from Meet the Composer Metlife Creative Connections , Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, Puffin, Eric Stokes Fund, and New York Women Composers. Commissions have come from the Young New Yorkers Chorus, Remarkable Theater Brigade, ANALOGarts, Brooklyn Art Song Society, ANIKAI Dance Theater, MOIRAE Ensemble, Beth Morrison Productions, and Atlanta Opera. Her work has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Meridian Arts Festival in Bucharest, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, WOW Cafe Theatre, highSCORE Festival, and other respected venues across the United States and internationally. Her first string quartet, Limbic Breath, has been released on PARMA Records; her free-jazz blues work, SCAT, for Underground Brass’ Xenophobia project is available for digital purchase.

Marie is the conductor and bandleader of the Eco-Music Big Band, a 15-piece multigenerational and unique big band that performs the work of its late founder Fred Ho and provides a platform for the next generation of big band composers through regular commissions and performances. She has conducted as a bandleader as well as in classical and operatic settings at Brooklyn Academy of Music, WOW Cafe, Red Rooster Harlem, BarnArts Center for the Arts, Iridium, Joe’s Pub, and others. Marie conducted the Green Monster Big Band for Fred Ho’s final album, which has an international release date for 2017. The Eco-Music Big Band’s first album, COLORS OF RESISTANCE, is available for digital purchase. Marie was Fred Ho’s last composition and conducting protege,Marie is the conductor and bandleader of the Eco-Music Big Band, a 15-piece multigenerational and unique big band that performs the work of its late founder Fred Ho and provides a platform for the next generation of big band composers through regular commissions and performances. She has conducted as a bandleader as well as in classical and operatic settings at Brooklyn Academy of Music, WOW Cafe, Red Rooster Harlem, BarnArts Center for the Arts, Iridium, Joe’s Pub, and others. Marie conducted the Green Monster Big Band for Fred Ho’s final album, which has an international release date for 2017. The Eco-Music Big Band’s first album, COLORS OF RESISTANCE, is available for digital purchase. Marie was Fred Ho’s last composition and conducting protege.

Articles by Marie Incontrera:

Articles January 29 2015 | By Marie Incontrera
Our Responsibility to the Next Generation

Making our music survive is about a lot more than just writing it down. It has to do with teaching our harmonic language and melodic style to those who learn...

Articles January 22 2015 | By Marie Incontrera
Eco-Music: Not Just a Theory

I am not surprised when protest organizers contact me asking for musicians to play at their protests; I am less surprised still when I hear that it was the music...

Articles January 15 2015 | By Marie Incontrera
Hoping To Hit a “Bird”: A Critical Analysis of the Phenomenon of Mentorship

Where is the line between motivating someone and abusing them? Will the movie Whiplash make young jazz musicians think that all you need to do to become the next Bird...

Articles January 8 2015 | By Marie Incontrera
THINGS HAVE GOT TO CHANGE!–Writing Political Music in Today’s World

We as musicians have a responsibility to respond to the world around us, to give the people a song to raise their spirits and fuel the fight in their hearts.

Headlines April 14 2014 | By Marie Incontrera
All the Colors of Life: A Celebration of Fred Ho (1957-2014)

This is how I remember Fred Ho: brazen honesty, sharp-tongued wit, vibrant virtuosity in every area of life. I was one of the lucky ones: I got to look into...