John Grimmett Joins CMASH as Managing Director
CMASH, the new music repertory group dedicated to establishing long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers and welcoming new audiences to the genre of contemporary chamber music, is proud to announce and welcome John Grimmett in the newly created position of Managing Director. Mr. Grimmett's responsibilities include overseeing marketing and fundraising campaigns, designing and implementing educational initiatives in the communities the company serves, and developing a national audience that further promotes CMASH's mission statement.
"I am thrilled to be working with Ann and [Liam Wade, Director of Collaborative Programming], whom I consider great friends and collaborators," said Grimmett. "I plan to continue the tradition of excellence that CMASH has established over the years, and, with the enormous talent this organization possesses, I am excited to see the direction we take together."
The addition of Mr. Grimmett to CMASH's roster of impressive artists is a milestone in the life of the company, which unveiled its seventh season this week with plans to expand programming into six major U.S. cities in the next three years. Currently, CMASH is preparing for an East Coast tour (Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City are listed as tentative locations) in January 2014 in addition to the much anticipated release of CURRENTS, a dynamic new recording project featuring American vocal and chamber music that Ms. Moss has championed over the past decade.
Recorded in Spring 2013 at Skywalker Sound with legendary music Producer/Engineer and Grammy Award winner Leslie Ann Jones, CURRENTS features the work of CMASH collaborators Liam Wade, Vartan Aghababian, Weslie Brown, Lisa DeSiro and the Hausmann String Quartet. The album, which will be digitally released on CD Baby, iTunes and BandCamp later this week and available for purchase in hard copy at the end of the month, includes an endorsement from CMASH collaborator and opera composer Jake Heggie.
"I remember hearing Ann sing... and being knocked out," said Heggie. "She has this magic quality that somehow makes composers want to write for her, because not only does she perform [their songs], she invests in them, physically, emotionally, personally."