The Block Island Times

Luck wins state fellowship for music composition

Jan 24, 2013
Photos by: Tracy Finn Glenda Luck

Glenda Luck of Block Island has been awarded the 2013 Fellowship in Music Composition by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA ). Once a year RISCA awards the fellowship to one recipient in the state.

RISCA fellowships are highly competitive. A “blind review” process is employed to protect the anonymity of the applicant and to guarantee assessment purely on the basis of artistic merit. A panel consisting of one in-state member, one out-of-state member and a third regional (not to exclude Rhode Island) member chosen for their involvement, mastery, or accomplishments in a particular arts discipline reviews each applicant’s materials.

Luck submitted material from her eclectic, contemporary folk project, “Manisses, A People and a Place,” which is slated for a spring 2013 release. This record is inspired by Block Island and the history of the island’s indigenous people. Simultaneously, Luck has been recording the album, “Little Red Lipstick, slated for a 2013 summer release. (She submitted one song from this album as well.)

RISCA’s Cristina DiChiera offers these observations by the panelists:

“As they listened to the work of this artist they commented that they found the work the most ‘surprising’ among the submissions and the songs made them curious and want to hear more. They felt that these qualities are rare, particularly for a singer songwriter. This work does not fit easily into a specific genre. They felt that this work could be very marketable and they hoped that the Fellowship award would help this artist further her craft and musical career.”

As a vocalist and multi instrumentalist, Luck has been professionally composing and performing her works since 2001. Luck has been a member of the Rhode Island Songwriter’s Association since 2011.

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