During her Composers Now residency at The Pocantico Center in October 2014, composer and violinist Mari Kimura wrote "Breuer Vivant," inspired by the historic Marcel Breuer House where most artist residencies take place at Pocantico. Kimura premiered the work at the opening event of the Composers Now Festival in Manhattan in February 2015.
During the premiere, as well as her performance at The Pocantico Center later that month, Kimura wore an electronic glove that tracked her hand’s movements as she played the violin, an integral element of her method. Visual effects based on her movements were then projected as part of the performance. Kimura is also known for pioneering a violin technique called 'Subharmonics’ and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010. She has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras including the Tokyo and Hamburg symphonies, and she teaches interactive computer music performance at The Juilliard School.
Pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz also participated in a residency and performed at The Pocantico Center in October 2014. Both musicians were selected by a jury of fellow composers after being nominated by Composers Now presenter partner organizations, Harvestworks and Harlem Stage.