What’s Next? Ensemble: Los Angeles Composers Project

Saturday, June 21st


Doors @ 7:00 pm

Tickets $15/10 students



Los Angeles – DATE – On June 21st, What’s Next? Ensemble continues its unprecedented commitment to music written by composers living and working in Los Angeles.  For the sixth year in a row, What’s Next? presents the Los Angeles Composers Project (LACP).  Since 2009, the works of over 60 composers have been performed on this series in riveting performances by What’s Next? Ensemble.


This year’s LACP will take place at ArtShare-LA in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.   Surrounded by an art gallery, this relaxed and hip performance space has become a center for experimental and cutting edge arts in our city.


What’s Next? has cast a wide stylistic net in programming this year’s LACP.  The event will showcase composers of a range of aesthetic and compositional camps, giving a greater comprehensive picture of the vibrant and thriving music scene that is modern day Los Angeles.


Among other works, the concert will include the frenzied and energetic chamber music of Grammy-nominated composer Jefferson Friedman, the subtle sonic explorations of experimental jazz flutist and improviser Nicole Mitchell, the open, free form aleatory of David Rosenboom and the rhythmically vital music of LA newcomer Ian Dicke.

Throughout its six year history, the Los Angeles Composers Project has built a reputation as the most extensive and hippest city-wide composition retrospective in town. Since the inaugural LACP at the University of Southern California in 2009, the reputation of the event has only grown. More and more ensembles have followed the lead of What’s Next? with festivals and concerts devoted to local composers; the number of submissions to the competition has tripled and the number of audience members has grown exponentially. Larger institutions have taken notice. “The LA Composers Project is a wonderful initiative,” says Benjamin Cadwallader, Education Programs Manager of the LA Phil. “One we are lucky to have in our city.”



Eight Oh Eight    Ian Dicke

Shiftless Drifters    David Rosenboom

Mobile I    Isaac Schankler

Cave of Self-Induction       Nicole Mitchell

Music for Burying Things       Bryan Curt Kostors

White Flag            Julia Adolphe

to grasp is to uncontrollably drop  Joshua Carro

78Jefferson Friedman



“Ready for any mainstage keen enough to know what’s what” (LA Times), the Los Angeles based What’s Next? Ensemble is a post-classical music collective devoted to performing cutting edge music from Southern California and beyond.  Since forming in 2008, the group has consistently lead the vanguard of grassroots new music in the region, presenting vibrant concerts of both world renowned living composers and budding local talent in alternative venues throughout LA.


Uniquely devoted to local composers, What’s Next? has performed the work of over 50 Southern California composers on their Los Angeles Composers Project, an annual concert series that they produce, now in its sixth year.


Recent highlights include a critically acclaimed summer micro-series at underground LA venues Monk Space and Mimoda, a guest appearances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, as well as performances of operas by Michael Gordon and Stuart Copeland with Long Beach Opera.


Their current season has included a week long residency with the Dutch Avant-pop composer JacobTV, an ensemble residency at University of California Riverside, a guest appearance by pianist Vicky Ray, and the sixth annual Los Angeles Composers Project.  Through all of their efforts, What’s Next? works to foster and promote vibrant new music throughout the Southland.


poster lacp 2014