New York City-based composer and instrumentalist David Crowell’s score “The Open Road” was selected by the JACK Quartet as the 2009 winner from more than 150 entries representing 14 countries, 32 states and the District of Columbia. Crowell’s composition was performed by members of JACK on January 30, 2010 in Montgomery during ClefWorks’ five-day festival, Do you know JACK? Crowell joined the quartet on stage to discuss the score’s nuances and introduced the composition to the audience.

David is active in diverse genres of composed and improvised music. While a woodwinds player with the Philip Glass Ensemble, he has performed such classic works as “Music in 12 Parts” and the concert version of “Einstein on the Beach”. His chamber works have been performed in a variety of venues in the United States and Mexico, including MASS MoCA, University of North Texas, University of Kentucky and Brooklyn College. He was a featured composter at the 2009 MATA Festival, a New York City forum for presenting the new music of emerging young composers from around the world, and was named the 2009 1st prize Brian M. Israel Award recipient by the Society for New Music for his percussion piece titled “The Day After.” He was also a finalist for the 2008 and 2009 ASCAP Young Composer Awards in Concert Music.

Other 2009 Competition finalists were Patricia Alessandrini (New York), Matthew Barnson (New York), Trevor Christian Bjorkland (New York), Richard Carrick (New York), Nicholas Deyoe (California), Ulrich Kreppein (Germany), Daniel Pesca (Illinois), Valery Voronov (Germany) and Charlie Wilmoth (California).