Talujon Ensemble performing Daniel Fawcett’s Riotous Thrashing (2015)



The Look + Listen Composer’s Competition is an open-call competition, with the winning work performed at a Festival concert. The competition takes place most years, and includes a cash prize.


The Look + Listen Festival is New York’s annual spring showcase of contemporary music in visual art spaces. The festival showcases a mix of emerging and established musicians and a diverse range of 20th and 21st-century concert music. This includes commissions, premieres, the winning work from the yearly L+L Composers’ Competition and pre-concert ambient music by members of the L+L Composers Collective and guest artists. Concerts are hosted by prominent members of the industry who introduce and interview composers, visual artists and performers. These insightful discussions explore the creative process and increase concert-goers’ understanding and enjoyment of each concert. Recent festivals have featured artists like flutist Claire Chase, Sō Percussion, JACK Quartet, performer/composers like Darius Jones and Amirtha Kidambi, and experimental electronic singer-songwriters Majel Connery and Angélica Negrón. In addition, Look + Listen has commissioned works from emerging composers including Jesse Marino, Suzanne Farrin, Carlos-Sanchez Gutierrez, Susie Ibarra, Phyliss Chen, and Derek Bermel.