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'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.
Acclaim

‘Written in Stone’ makes music out of Washington’s monuments

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.
Richard Fairman
,
Financial Times
Acclaim

22 for '22: Composers and performers to watch this year

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.
Michael Andor Brodeur
,
The Washington Post
Acclaim

Los Angeles Opera 2021-22 Review: The First Bluebird in the Morning

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”
John Vandevert
,
OperaWire
Feature

Los Angeles Opera 2021-2022 Review: The First Blue Bird in the Morning

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short
John Vandevert
,
OperaWire
Acclaim

Washington National Opera returns to the stage, and it’s something to sing about

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”
Michael Andor Brodeur
,
The Washington Post
Acclaim

Review: Ojai Music Festival begins a new era with exciting emerging talent

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”
Mark Swed
,
Los Angeles Times
Acclaim

Cuckson’s artistry marks a meaningful return to normalcy

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”
George Grella
,
New York Classical Review
Feature

Classical composer Carlos Simon uses music to express frustration and anger, giving way to hope

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”
Beth Wood
,
San Diego Union Tribune
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June 17, 2022

'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

Tom Huizenga
,
NPR
Acclaim
February 25, 2022

‘Written in Stone’ makes music out of Washington’s monuments

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.

Richard Fairman
,
Financial Times
Acclaim
January 22, 2022

22 for '22: Composers and performers to watch this year

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.

Michael Andor Brodeur
,
The Washington Post
Acclaim
November 28, 2021

Los Angeles Opera 2021-22 Review: The First Bluebird in the Morning

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”

John Vandevert
,
OperaWire
Feature
November 28, 2021

Los Angeles Opera 2021-2022 Review: The First Blue Bird in the Morning

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short

John Vandevert
,
OperaWire
Acclaim
November 7, 2021

Washington National Opera returns to the stage, and it’s something to sing about

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”

Michael Andor Brodeur
,
The Washington Post
Acclaim
September 21, 2021

Review: Ojai Music Festival begins a new era with exciting emerging talent

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”

Mark Swed
,
Los Angeles Times
Acclaim
June 5, 2021

Cuckson’s artistry marks a meaningful return to normalcy

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”

George Grella
,
New York Classical Review
Feature
February 21, 2021

Classical composer Carlos Simon uses music to express frustration and anger, giving way to hope

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”

Beth Wood
,
San Diego Union Tribune
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Feature
June 17, 2022

'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.
Acclaim
February 25, 2022

‘Written in Stone’ makes music out of Washington’s monuments

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.
Richard Fairman
,
Financial Times
Acclaim
January 22, 2022

22 for '22: Composers and performers to watch this year

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.
Michael Andor Brodeur
,
The Washington Post
Acclaim
November 28, 2021

Los Angeles Opera 2021-22 Review: The First Bluebird in the Morning

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”
John Vandevert
,
OperaWire
Feature
November 28, 2021

Los Angeles Opera 2021-2022 Review: The First Blue Bird in the Morning

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short
John Vandevert
,
OperaWire
Acclaim
November 7, 2021

Washington National Opera returns to the stage, and it’s something to sing about

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”
Michael Andor Brodeur
,
The Washington Post
Acclaim
September 21, 2021

Review: Ojai Music Festival begins a new era with exciting emerging talent

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”
Mark Swed
,
Los Angeles Times
Acclaim
June 5, 2021

Cuckson’s artistry marks a meaningful return to normalcy

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”
George Grella
,
New York Classical Review
Feature
February 21, 2021

Classical composer Carlos Simon uses music to express frustration and anger, giving way to hope

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”
Beth Wood
,
San Diego Union Tribune
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Feature
June 17, 2022

NPR

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.
Tom Huizenga
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Acclaim
February 25, 2022

Financial Times

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he is the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence and has some cinematically vivid and energizing music to his name.
Richard Fairman
Read More
Acclaim
January 22, 2022

The Washington Post

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.

If Simon has inherited any mission from his lineage, it appears to be a desire to build bridges between worlds, and use music to illuminate them.
Michael Andor Brodeur
Read More
Acclaim
November 28, 2021

OperaWire

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”

“With additional textural influences of dark jazz, back-room blues, and film noir amour, Simon’s score could be described as hypnagogic (infra)vitalism.”
John Vandevert
Read More
Feature
November 28, 2021

OperaWire

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short
John Vandevert
Read More
Acclaim
November 7, 2021

The Washington Post

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”

“As the center’s composer-in-residence, Simon has been creating works that have been brightening up programs with their sheen and sensitivity, and ​“Fate” was no exception.”
Michael Andor Brodeur
Read More
Acclaim
September 21, 2021

Los Angeles Times

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”

“Simon refashions musical history as excitable new realms with an unmistakable musical purpose essential for our times.”
Mark Swed
Read More
Acclaim
June 5, 2021

New York Classical Review

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”

“Simon’s gorgeous writing packs grit and grace together into a melodic line that carries unmistakable determination, a drive to realize itself, no matter what.”
George Grella
Read More
Feature
February 21, 2021

San Diego Union Tribune

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”
Beth Wood
Read More
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June 17, 2022
NPR

'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

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November 28, 2021
OperaWire

Los Angeles Opera 2021-2022 Review: The First Blue Bird in the Morning

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short

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February 21, 2021
San Diego Union Tribune

Classical composer Carlos Simon uses music to express frustration and anger, giving way to hope

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”

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June 17, 2022
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Tom Huizenga

'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

Read More
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November 28, 2021
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John Vandevert

Los Angeles Opera 2021-2022 Review: The First Blue Bird in the Morning

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short

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February 21, 2021
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Beth Wood

Classical composer Carlos Simon uses music to express frustration and anger, giving way to hope

“Music is a physical, tactile thing, releasing that energy out. I went to the keyboard and improvised. I didn’t think; I just let my feelings go. It’s therapy for me.”

Read More
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June 17, 2022
NPR

'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

Carlos Simon is a young composer on the rise, with an ear for social justice. Simon's new album, Requiem for the Enslaved confronts Georgetown University's troubled past and its ownership of enslaved individuals.

November 28, 2021
OperaWire

Los Angeles Opera 2021-2022 Review: The First Blue Bird in the Morning

LA Opera Conjure Up Some Magic With this Solid Digital Short