The Herb Alpert Foundation and California Institute of the Arts have announced the winners of the 25th Annual Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts. The awards recognize artists working in dance, film/video, music, theater, and visual arts; each receives an unrestricted prize of $75,000.
In the field of music, the panel “celebrates composer, singer, bassist, storyteller, lyricist and producer Meshell Ndegeocello as a rare constellation in the artistic firmament, whose generosity of spirit defies the confines of genre and whose work–vulnerable and unflinchingly honest–dwells in both darkness and deliverance. She does nothing less than renew their faith in the transformative power of art.”
Derek Bermel, composer, performer, Herb Alpert Award Artist, Brooklyn, NY
Vijay Iyer, composer-pianist, professor, Harvard University, Herb Alpert Award Artist, New York
Pamela Z, composer/performer, Herb Alpert Award Artist, San Francisco
“I don’t think of my work as a body of work. It’s more a series of efforts…a fellowship, a means for connection, a salve, a way to expand into as many selves as I can be.” – Meshell Ndegeocello
Read more about all five exceptional mid–career artists here.