Classical Music in Color: Castle of Our Skins

In this episode of Classical Music in Color, Judlyne features Castle of Our Skins.
Ashleigh Gordon | Photo by Monika Bach Schroeder

Two Boston based classical musicians, concerned about how much they DIDN’T know about Black classical composers, formed Castle of Our Skins (COOS).  It’s a group dedicated to showcasing the music of Black classical composers.

Ashleigh Gordon, who plays the viola, and Anthony Green, a composer, were both trained at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  

Gordon is COOS’ Artistic & Executive Director and has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong in chamber and orchestral music settings to off-Broadway and new-music productions. She has won numerous awards and can be heard on chamber music and orchestral recordings under several record labels.

Green, the Associate Artistic Director of COOS, has received commissions and performances from several New York based chamber music groups. He won the Playground Ensemble’s 3rd annual composition commission and the composition prize from the Ossia New Music Ensemble. He’s also worked with Sound Energy, Transient Canvas, and Alarm Will Sound, among others.

Coming up in March,  Castle of our Skins features two world premiere works for strings inspired by African masks.  


Judlyne Lilly-Gibson hosts  KMFA BY REQUEST and STACCATO on KMFA 89.5. Classical Music in Color is sponsored by IOKTS Productions Black History Calendars.

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