CGNJ is an organization of composers, primarily, but not exclusively NJ composers, as well as other individuals interested in contemporary music. CGNJ is devoted to composer advocacy, seeking to increase public awareness of the significance of New Jersey in the history of music in the 20th century through educational outreach, concerts, symposia, and through the production, promotion and distribution of recordings.
CGNJ in a nutshell:
a legacy of supporting both living (established and emerging) and historical NJ composers (Note: CGNJ focuses on living American composers, with emphasis on NJ composers, not to the exclusion of other composers)
CGNJ spearheaded events and festivals featuring George Antheil and Roger Sessions
established living composers
CGNJ has presented major retrospectives on Charles Wuorinen, Milton Babbitt,
CGNJ has sponsored or supported recordings on
Wergo (Livingston plays Antheil)
Bridge (Yttrehus, Naito, & Babbitt)
Furious Artisans (Dawe, Pollock, Brickle, Rokeach, and others.)
Albany (George Walker)
CGNJ helps organize concerts of new music throughout New Jersey
CGNJ has launched tours of new music programs within the US and abroad, including tours to Japan, Russia, Holland, Denmark, Poland, Spain.