Curry College piano instructor Jose Arturo Soto Gamboa was recently selected as a recipient of the prestigious Live Arts Boston (LAB) grant awarded by the Boston Foundation with the support of the Barr Foundation. The LAB grant, given annually since 2017, provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston artists. Out of 308 applicants, Jose is one of 65 grantees, which reflects the program’s largest slate to date.
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With the grant, Jose will record an album of original music titled, “The Ancestral Call,” which reflects the life philosophy and social values of the Bribri indigenous community located in his native home of Costa Rica.
“Jose being awarded this LAB grant shows that he’s really a world-class performer and scholar of music,” said Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Emily Howe. “It’s really exciting that we have experts like Jose at Curry who can work with our students to illuminate global culture and to help our students form their own creative vision for their own music.”
Jose is set to record his album this spring.