Artist-in-residence

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Overview

The artist-in-residence program has a two-pronged purpose: to support emerging and established local artists through the commissioning of new work, and to celebrate and contribute to the intrinsic value of the arts as a vital fabric of the city. Being devoted to the flourishing of all New York City, the Center for Faith & Work is proud to offer selected resident artists the opportunity, resources, financing, and support to create works of art that contribute to the excellency of New York’s rich and creative culture.

CFW is seeking artists of all disciplines for its Spring 2017 residency. Interested New York City based artists can email cfw@redeemer.com to receive an application that asks for a written proposal of a new work based on a given theme. Artists will be chosen based on the strength of their proposal and their body of work. Recipients receive a six-week term of support towards the creation of their proposed project. Deadline is March 5.

Fall 2016 Artists-in-Residence

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David Bixler

"David Bixler is an artist who manages to take much of the best of the jazz tradition and push it in new directions—push, but never shove. He is original, but his originality is not what I would call radical. He works within the tradition. He is not looking to destroy it. The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head is an album filled with inventive ideas and exciting artistry. Most importantly, it is filled with music you'll want to hear and hear again." Jack Goodstein

Saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler continues to establish himself as a multi-faceted artist.  David has performed and toured the world with the orchestras of Chico O'Farrill, Lionel Hampton, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, among others.  His collaboration with pianist Arturo O’Farrill has resulted in many fruitful offerings, including the GRAMMY nominated 40 Acres and a Mule.  

In reviewing The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head, Bixler's fifth recording as a leader, Dan Bilawasky writes in All About Jazz," Bixler has garnered plenty of attention for his contributions to O'Farrill's music over the years, but this album makes it clear that it's time to give him his due for his own winning work."

Also active as a composer, this fall David premiered The Hughes Project, musical ruminations on the poems of Langston Hughes for nine musicians. He has also received numerous commissions, the latest of which, Gaze for oboe, bassoon, and piano was premiered at the 2014 International Double Reed Symposium in New York.  David is the Director of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  As both a Selmer and Vandoren Artist he is active as a clinician throughout the world.

His latest recording, SLINK, with his group Auction Project was released in October of 2014 and features pianist Arturo O'Farrill and guitarist Mike Stern.

David and his wife Heather reside in New York City and have four children.

www.davidbixler.com

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Bennett Sullivan

Bennett, life long musician with Southern roots, is a Brooklyn-based banjo player, composer, educator, and entrepreneur. He has performed with top musicians in the New York music business and has taught music professionally for over 10 years. 

In 2014, Bennett was recruited by comedian Steve Martin, a very accomplished banjo player himself, to be the sole banjo player in “Bright Star,” his Broadway-bound musical.  Bright Star opened in California in 2014 and has received critical acclaim. It will open on Broadway in the Spring of 2016.  New York Times September 2014 

Bennett is a passionate teacher, and is always searching for the best ways to help people learn their instrument. In the summer of 2014, after months of collaboration with talented Czech programmer and designer, Jiri Markalous, Bennett launched his first mobile app for iPad called "Listen & Learn", and shortly thereafter released two more apps called "Pocket Lick: Banjo and Pocket Lick: Guitar." 

In regards to the “Pocket Lick: Banjo” app for iPhone, Steve Martin stated, "One of the finest banjo apps I've seen.”

Currently living in Brooklyn, Bennett is pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams, writing music, and teaching private lessons.

www.bennettsullivanmusic.com