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african american composer initiative (AACI)
music publication series

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Jaygayle Music (ASCAP) is pleased to announce a new series of publication with the African American Composer Initiative (AACI), to include scores commissioned by AACI. The series begins with the publication of works by three contemporary African American composers, Joshua McGhee, Valerie Capers, and John Robinson, all commissioned and performed by AACI.

Score and parts are available in printed form or as digital downloads from, the Jaygayle Music site, or through the distributor, Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc. (

The African American Composer Initiative (AACI) is a group of classical and jazz musicians of the San Francisco Bay Area and distinguished guest artists. Founded in 2010 AACI is dedicated to preserving the rich bounty of music by African American composers, historical and contemporary and to commissioning new works. Through live concerts, CD recordings on Cambria, and an extensive website of video performances and publication information, AACI strives to increase awareness of this vast repertoire, with the hope of sparking further explorations and performances. Committed to the musical life of East Palo Alto and surrounding communities, the musicians present concerts at the Performing Arts Center of Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, an outstanding all-scholarship school. Through its fiscal sponsorship by InterMusic SF, a non-profit organization dedicated to the service of chamber music in Northern California AACI raises donations to support its productions, commissions, and recordings. For more information about AACI and to view video of past performances visit

The new scores now available, prepared by Josephine Gandolfi of AACI, include:


Joshua McGhee: Where Freedom Rings (2010) for soprano, violin, violoncello, and piano; Variations on an African American Spiritual (2011) for violin, violoncello, and piano; Elegy for a Child , a tribute to Trayvon Martin (2013) for violin, two celli, and piano; The Color of Love -- in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2014) for violin, two violoncelli, and piano; Let God Bring Tomorrow (2016) for violin, cello, flute, bassoon, and piano; and An American Anthem: A Tribute to African American Heroes (2018) for piano trio and percussion. (Read more.)


Valerie Capers: Two Songs on texts by Abbey Lincoln for soprano and piano; Ruby, A Docu-Cycle, for soprano, piano, cello, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, and percussion; and Two songs from The Gift of Song, including Farmchild's Lullaby for tenor or soprano and piano and We Wear the Mask for tenor, piano, bass, and 2 percussion. (Read more.)


John Henry Robinson: Variations on a Theme of Valerie Capers for piano solo, transcribed for piano duet by Josephine Gandolfi; and Fanfare for an Uncommon Woman (Valerie Capers), for piano, trumpet, trombone, bass, and percussion. (Read more.)


Click here for a link to a video that announces the project:

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