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New Music On The Bayou' brings composers from around the world to north Louisiana for new music concerts

Mel Mobley
New Music on the Bayou

North Louisiana is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene, and the annual New Music on the Bayou concerts have become a cornerstone of the summer music scene. This unique event brings together contemporary composers, performers, and audiences to celebrate and explore the latest trends in new music.

The concerts will be held at a variety of venues May 31 - June 2, in Monroe and Ruston. Selections will feature a diverse range of styles and genres, from experimental electronic music to chamber music and everything in between. Each year, the festival features a carefully curated selection of new works by emerging and established composers, offering audiences a chance to hear cutting-edge music that is not often heard in traditional concert halls.

In addition to its artistic and educational mission, the New Music on the Bayou concerts also serve as an important economic driver for north Louisiana and the surrounding region. The festival attracts visitors from across the country, generating revenue for local businesses and supporting jobs in the hospitality industry.

More information on the concert locations can be found at:

This year's composers and selections for the 7th New Music on the Bayou Festival include:

Daniel Adams | Houston, TX


Jeff Albert | Mandeville, LA

Phantom Trombones

Stephen Beck | Baton Rouge, LA

Contralto Recitative with Angel Chorus

Paul Berlinsky | Kansas City, MO

Groove for Plarinet and Ciano

Kari Besharse | Covington, LA

Gorgon's Head

Jean-Patrick Besingrand | Capitol Heights, MD (virtual attendee)

Des détritus sous la glace

Chin Ting Chan | Muncie, IN

fuse II

cory diane | New Orleans, LA

Reverie for the Baleen of the Gulf of Mexico of Many and No Known Names

Jeremi Edwards | Lake Charles, LA

Connecting the DOTs

astrid hubbard flynn | St. Paul, MN

Everything is Tiny

Maxwell Franko | Austin, TX

Unlocked and Loading

Louise Fristensky | Denton, TX

singing underwater

Mara Gibson | Baton Rouge, LA

The Clockmaker's Doll

Travis Hahn | Nazareth, PA

Egregiously Erroneous Pumpkins

Westly Heflin | Monroe, LA

Help find my Colors?

Oswald Huỳnh | Portland, OR (virtual attendee)

Yellow Peril 

Derek Jenkins | Jonesboro, AR

Unfinished List of the Things I Love

Matthew Kennedy | Tiffin, OH

Impatient Youth

Leanna Kirchoff | Denver, CO

Divine Cloud That We Share

Steve Landis | Greensboro, NC


Paul Lewis | Dade City, FL


Stephen Lilly | Washington, D.C.

In the Sea that Separates

James May | New Orleans, LA

grain vi | fogging

Mel Mobley | Monroe, LA

What we have wakened

Christopher Mortlock | New Zealand (virtual attendee)

Brightening Band

Aurés Moussong | Mexico-Hungary (virtual attendee)

Desde el lugar del misterio

Xavier Muzik | Los Angeles, CA

Three Irreverent Vignettes

Masafumi Oda | Japan (virtual attendee)

Digital Warmth

Norberto Oldrini | Italy (virtual attendee)

Notes are not seven

João Pedro Oliveira | Santa Barbara, CA (virtual attendee)

In the House of the Glass King

Michael Pounds | Muncie, IN


Tim Reed | North Manchester, IN

"...a never departing shadow..."

Alejandro Rutty | Greensboro, NC

Suite for Electric Bass

Philip Schuessler | Covington, LA

Duet for Quartet

Alexandria Smith | Metairie, LA


Rob Smith | Houston, TX


Cecilia Suhr | West Chester, OH

Paradigm Shift: Tapping into Quantum Field

Iván-Manuel Tapia Bruno | Chile


Alan Theisen | Metairie, LA


William Toutant | Woodland Hills, CA

Trolls (select movements)

Stephen Yip | Houston, TX

Renga in Kigo

Mark Zanter | Huntington, WV

Four Flips

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Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.