George Lewis

SONiC Festival Curator

George Lewis is an American composer, musicologist, computer-installation artist, and trombonist. He is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University, and Area Chair in Composition, as well as Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Lewis’s other honors include the Doris Duke Artist Award (2019), a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015). A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis’ work is presented by ensembles worldwide. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in the creation of computer programs that improvise in concert with human musicians. His book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s Music in American Culture Award. Lewis (with Benjamin Piekut) is the co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016). Lewis holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin College, and Birmingham City University, among others (


Luna Lab Composer Showcase

Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 7pm

Stiefel Hall, Mannes School of Music

Miguel Zenón, saxophonist and composer, Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow

Angelica Negrón, composer and multi-instrumentalist, 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Winner

SONiC teams up with Luna Composition Lab and International Contemporary Ensemble to present a concert of brand new works by the 2022–23 Luna Lab Fellows. Founded in 2016 by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid, Luna Composition Lab provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young composers ages 13–18 who are female, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming. Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, and George Lewis curate this evening of world premieres as well as additional works by Luna Lab mentors.

Featured Artists
2022–23 Luna Lab Fellows
Hannah Chen
Lucy Chen
Lili Masoudi
Gabrielle Smith
Elaina Rae Stuppler
Isabelle Tseng

Luna Lab Mentors
Wang Lu
Nina Shekhar

International Contemporary Ensemble
Alice Jones, flute
Leah Asher, violin
Julies Biber, cello
Emmalie Tello, clarinet
Erika Dohi, piano

Hannah Chen: Spiral (World Premiere)
Lucy Chen: New Work (World Premiere)
Wang Lu: From the Distant Plains II
Lili Masoudi: New Work (World Premiere)
Nina Shekhar: GLITCH
Gabrielle Smith: Stellar Evolution (World Premiere)
Elaina Rae Stuppler: Waluga (World Premiere)
Isabelle Tseng: New Work (World Premiere)

Curators: George Lewis, Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid