I’m pleased to learn I’ve just been awarded an Individual Artist grant from the Queens Council on the Arts for my new 2013 project New Sounds of East and West. This project will further my work in fusing elements of certain East Asian musical traditions with those of modern Jazz and Western orchestral composition, using as a vehicle my 17-piece Jazz ensemble, Project Hansori. Its performance component will take place in Queens later in 2013, and I’ll make more details public in future announcements. This is the second such Community Arts Fund grant I’ve received from the QCA, aside from being selected for their Individual Artist Initiative a few years back, so I must acknowledge a lot of support the council has given me over the years. New Sounds is funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund.