Notes on Napkins: 2020
Notes on Napkins: 2020

Many composers, like writers and visual artists, “think” on paper capturing inspiration in unexpected places and whenever a muse may strike. New masterpieces have often found humble beginnings on scratch pads, sticky notes, the backs of envelopes and most notoriously on paper napkins.

CAP UCLA was curious to know what was on the minds of composers living in America at this moment in our history and invited 100 of them to share their visual thinking with us for a project we are calling Notes on Napkins: 2020. Each composer will receive a toolkit of napkins and pens, and a micro-commission to begin transcribing the rhythms of this extraordinary time. Once assembled, CAP UCLA will exhibit each of the notes in a digital gallery.

Participating composers include:

Michael Abels
Arooj Aftab
Andy Akiho
Sahba Aminikia
Timo Andres
Brittany Anjou
Lisa Bielawa
Stuart Bogie
Tyondai Braxton
William Brittelle
Jocelyn Chambers
Heather Christian
Viet Cuong
Dan Deacon
Zosha di Castri
Aaron Diehl
Alexandra du Bois
Amir ElSaffar
Reena Esmail
Bill Frisell
Ash Fure
Guillermo Galindo
Merrill Garbus
Sam Gendel
Philip Glass
Ted Hearne
Darcy James Argue
Matthew Aucoin
Dawn Avery
Murat Çolak
Mario Diaz de Leon
Jerome Ellis
Chari Glogovac-Smith
Robin Holcomb
Jonathan Bailey Holland
Julia Holter
Zakir Hussain
Devonté Hynes
Vijay Iyer
Joan Jeanrenaud
Gabriel Kahane
Maria Kaoutzani
Lisa Kaplan
Zoë Keating
Angélique Kidjo
Kaki King
David Krakauer
Mary Kouyoumdjian
Jonny Lam
David Lang
Tania Leon
Charles Lloyd
Wu Man
Jessie Marino
Missy Mazzoli
Christian McBride
Jessie Montgomery
Ikue Mori
Yvette Janine Jackson
Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti
Allison Loggins-Hull
Wang Lu
Žibuoklė Martinaitytė
Fernanda Aoki Navarro
Laura Ortman
Nico Muhly
Brian Raphael Nabors
Angélica Negron
Amy X Neuburg
Shara Nova
Arturo O’Farrill
Salami Rose Joe Louis
William Parker
Zeena Parkins
Gemma Peacocke
Ryan Porter
Paola Prestini
Rebecca Rego
Daniel Bernard Roumain
Caroline Shaw
Henry Threadgill
Aleksandra Vrebalov
Kamasi Washington
Paul Wiancko
Julia Wolfe
Brandee Younger
Pamela Z
Dan Zanes
Evan Ziporyn
Gity Razaz
Martha Redbone
Marc Ribot
Joanne Shenandoah
Aida Shirazi
Sxip Shirey
Derrick Spiva Jr.
Sakari Dixon
Tarek Yamani

Funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Endowment. 
Photo by Kristy Edmunds.

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