Marie Incontrera is a composer, conductor, pianist, and bandleader whose multi-genre work spans opera, big band, heavy metal, post-modern orchestra, and chamber music. As a composer, Marie's work has been hailed as "deftly woven jazz and gospel elements" and "beguiling" (NY Times). Marie has been a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Fred Ho Foundation Award, the Miriam Gideon Composition Award, a winner of the Remarkable Theater Brigade Art Song Competition, the 2011 Vocalessence/American Composers Forum “Essentially Choral” readings, and was a finalist in the Iron Composer 2010 competition. She has been awarded grants from Meet the Composer Metlife Creative Connections , Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, Puffin, Eric Stokes Fund, and New York Women Composers. Commissions have come from the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Young New Yorkers Chorus, ANALOGarts, Brooklyn Art Song Society, ANIKAI Dance Theater, MOIRAE Ensemble, Beth Morrison Productions, and Atlanta Opera. Her work has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Meridian Arts Festival in Bucharest, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, WOW Cafe Theatre, highSCORE Festival, and other respected venues across the United States and internationally. Her first string quartet, Limbic Breath, has been released on PARMA Records; her free-jazz blues work, SCAT, for Underground Brass' Xenophobia project is available for digital purchase. As a pianist, Marie is active in the transcultural and transoceanic duo, Aliens & Dragons, with Italian baritone saxophonist, Marco Colonna, and the cross-genre piano duo SHERO MACHINE. Marie is the conductor and bandleader of the Eco-Music Big Band, a multigenerational and unique cross-genre big band.
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