Tribeca New Music’s Best In Score 2021 Features Award-Winning Shakuhachi Composer/Performer

Best In Score 2021 – The Resonance Collective – Zac Zinger – Jeremy Ajani Jordan – Mark Dover

Thursday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, November 21 at 11:00 p.m.

Webcast from Nancy Manocherian’s – The Cell – 338 West 23rd Street

Tickets: $20/$10 seniors and students

Tribeca New Music (TNM) presents Best In Score 2021, featuring the winning scores of the Tribeca New Music National 2021 Young Composer Competition. Composer/performer Zac Zinger (Division 1, ages 22-35) will perform his Haiku in Variation for string quartet. The Resonance Collective, a NYC-based string quartet, will perform S Is by composer Benjamin Rieke (Division 2, ages 21 and under).

The concert will also feature the music of composer/pianist Jeremy Ajani Jordan performing his For Flint (solo piano), Clarity (solo piano and electronics) by Pawan Benjamin, and an arrangement of God Only Knows by Brian Wilson with clarinetist Mark Dover.


S Is by Benjamin Rieke – YCC Division 2, first prize (string quartet)
For Flint – Jeremy Ajani Jordan (piano)
Clarity – Pawan Benjamin (piano & electronics)
God Only Knows by Brian Wilson (clarinet & piano)
Haiku in Variation by Zac Zinger – YCC Division 1, first prize (string quartet & shakuhachi flute)

The Best in Score 2021 webcast begins Thursday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. and will be available to view until Sunday, November 21 at 11:00 p.m. EST. To purchase tickets, please visit TNM’s website.


About the Resonance Collective

Led by violinist Tomoko Akaboshi, the Resonance Collective is a group of NYC-based musicians with a diverse range of expertise who have joined forces to merge new classical music with chamber jazz. With a lineup that ranges from a string quartet to a jazz orchestra, its members are Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated musical omnivores who have performed in major venues throughout the world such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, and Wiener Musikverein. They have made music with major artists including Steve Reich, Maria Schneider, Paquito D’Rivera, Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile, Björk, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding, and Yo Yo Ma.

The musicians of Resonance Collective bring their wealth of experience as jazz artists, new music champions, vocalists, fiddlers, and composers to a unified mission of more clearly defining and innovating the genre of contemporary chamber jazz. Through live performances, recordings, and new music commissions, they passionately aim to bring this under-appreciated genre to wider recognition.

About Zac Zinger

Zac Zinger is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist from New York. He is known for his innovative fusion of jazz with traditional Asian music and his compositions for major video game soundtracks such as Street Fighter V, PubG Mobile, and Jump Force.

His awards include four consecutive ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards (2012-2015); the Johnny Mandel Prize (2012); 1st place, USA Songwriting Competition: Jazz (2020); and many others. Influenced by jazz and East Asian music, Zinger released his debut album, Fulfillment, in 2019.

Also a saxophonist and multi-reeds player, he has contributed to 47 commercial music releases and counting. He has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Sony Hall with the likes of Tituss Burgess, Adam Neely, the 8-Bit Big Band, and Nobuo Uematsu.

About Ben Rieke

Ben Rieke is a composer and pianist from Naperville, Illinois. Currently a senior at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he has studied composition with David Dzubay, Claude Baker, and Don Freund as well as piano with Roberto Plano. He has previously won awards from Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Indiana MTNA Student Composer Competition, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. He has participated in masterclasses with Georg Friedrich Haas, Du Yun, and David Ludwig.

Rieke is pursuing a B.S. in computer science, which has carried over into an interest in the intersection of music and concepts such as self-reference and recursion. Other musical influences include electronic music, rock, and his experience playing jazz piano.

About Jeremy Ajani Jordan

Critically acclaimed as “a clear technical virtuoso,” “a rare talent,” and “a true Wunderkind,” Chicago-born Jeremy Ajani Jordan burst onto the music scene at age nine playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in a live televised performance. Jordan composes for solo piano music, chamber music, orchestral music, and electronic music. His compositions have debuted on National Public Radio and have received world premieres at Seattle’s Emerald City Music Festival, New York’s National Sawdust, and Ireland’s Sounds from a Safe Harbour.

His most recent album, For Flint, features several original jazz compositions and raised money to purchase clean water for families affected by the Flint (Michigan) Water Crisis.

About Pawan Benjamin

As both an accomplished saxophonist and bansuri flute player, Pawan Benjamin stands at the intersection of profound musical traditions. Rooted in jazz and improvisation, his pursuit of learning later led him to the bansuri flute and a deep study of Nepali folk and Indian classical music. His unique perspective into these legacies of music has allowed him to work with myriad world-class artists and perform and teach around the world.

Benjamin has performed alongside artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, Ranjit Barot, Bill T. Jones, Taufiq Qureshi, Rez Abbasi, Marc Cary, and others.

About Mark Dover

Clarinetist Mark Dover has always maintained firm roots in classical music, while at the same time devoting his career to searching as deeply as he can into the vast world of improvised music. In January 2016, Dover joined the Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds. With Imani Winds he maintains a busy touring schedule as well as multiple residencies. This fall Mark joined the Faculty at Curtis Institute of Music with Imani Winds, serving as the school’s first ever Faculty Wind Quintet.