Opinion: Composers and performers to watch in 2022

Posted on: January 25, 2022

“It’s a new year, which means another new class of composers and performers worth keeping an ear on for 2022,” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Saturday’s (1/22) Washington Post. “This sophomore class is a mix of happy discoveries and several dozen enthusiastic nominations from last year’s inaugural list of ‘21 for ’21’ artists, which included such breakthrough creators as Randall Goosby, Angélica Negrón and Christopher Cerrone. This year’s selection represents a diverse variety of composers, performers and artists hitting their stride with work that resonates with the right now…. Carlos Simon, the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence … strikes me as the very model of a modern major composer: an artist whose windows are thrown wide open to the world, and whose musical scope of late lands like a grand panorama of American life.” Among those named are conductor Kedrick Armstrong, flutist/composer Allison Loggins-Hull, conductor/vocalist/instrumentalist/visual artist Raquel Acevedo Klein, violinist and yMusic co-founder Rob Moose, and composers Marcos Balter, Rohan Chander (a.k.a. AIYYER), James Diaz, Anthony R. Green, Sarah Hennies, Eddy Kwon, Catherine Lamb, Emma O’Halloran, Tarik O’Regan, Kamala Sankaram, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Dale Trumbore, Dai Wei, and Paul Wiancko.