Litchfield Park musician and educator Dominique Holley is among 24 Arizona artists awarded $5,000 grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
The 2021 Research & Development Grants support Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons and deepen the impact of their work, according to a release. A panel of 10 artists and arts professionals from across the state reviewed artists’ applications and made grant recommendations.
Mr. Holley’s grant will support research that will inform the development of Blurred Lines, a project that blends traditional techniques of western art music with those of African American musical traditions.
He can regularly be seen performing with the Driftwood Quintet, of which he is the founder and artistic director, to promote the visibility of chamber music in his community.
Mr. Holley believes that chamber music can be an efficient medium not only for entertainment but for community enrichment and social discussion as well.
Outside of his work with Driftwood, Mr. Holley has performed as principal clarinetist of the AZ Promusica Chorale and Orchestra and bass clarinetist of the Tempe Symphonic Winds.
He also is a member of the indie folk-blues band, The Paper Hats, and a member of the Phoenix-based Open Score Ensemble under the direction of Jacob Adler, which most recently performed Philip Glass’s opera “Einstein on the Beach” at the Phoenix Art Museum.
As an educator, Mr. Holley aims to bring the joy of music to underprivileged youth whether it’s through private lessons, educational outreach programming with the Driftwood Quintet, or his past work with the non-profit organization Harmony Project Phoenix.
He attended Arizona State University, where he studied clarinet performance with Drs. Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner as well as jazz studies with Bryon Ruth and Michael Kocour.
He also has studied privately with members of Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble as well as Phoenix Symphony principal clarinetist Alex Laing and bass clarinetist Steve Hanusofski.
For more information on Mr. Holley and his work, visit instagram.com/bassisking. To see a full list of artists who received grants, visit azarts.gov.