Jazz vocalist, pianist, composer and bandleader Cécile McLorin Salvant is the sole musician among the 21 recipients of 2020 MacArthur Fellowships (the so-called “genius awards”) which were announced yesterday by the MacArthur Foundation. Since receiving first prize a decade ago in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Salvant, who studied composition and music theory at The New School following studies in Baroque voice in France, has gone on to win three Grammy Awards (for Best Jazz Vocal Album) for her three most recent recordings in 2016, 2018, and 2019, as well as the 2019 Glenn Gould Protege Prize which was presented to her by the late Jessye Norman. Salvant’s wide-ranging repertoire includes jazz standards, classical art songs, and original compositions and she has performed songs in English, French, and Spanish. Among the other 2020 MacArthur recipients are playwright Larissa FastHorse, speculative fiction author N.K. Jemisin, choreographer Ralph Lemon, and poet Fred Moten. Further information is available on the website of the MacArthur Foundation.
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