This year’s MacArthur musical ‘geniuses’

Three musicians are among 25 recipients of this year’s John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships, nicknamed “genius grants.” They will receive $800,000 over the next five years to pursue studies and projects of their choosing.

MacArthur fellowships went to these musicians:

– Martha Gonzalez: A 50-year-old ethnomusicologist, specializing in Mexican traditional and vernacular music, who teaches at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and is the lead singer, songwriter and percussionist of the Los-Angeles-based band Quetzal.

– Ikue Mori: A 68-year-old, Japanese-born percussionist and electronic-music composer who has worked with punk-rock, free-jazz and experimental ensembles in New York since the late 1970s.

– Tomeka Reid: A 44-year-old, classically trained jazz cellist and composer, based in Chicago, who has worked with composer Anthony Braxton, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others in experimental and free-jazz genres.

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