My Pulse colleague Joe Phillips's brilliant, sprawling, massively ambitious and deeply moving Vipassana will be performed at Makor tonight. Joe's music is thoroughly compelling on a purely aesthetic plane, but perhaps it's also worth noting, in light of this discussion, that it also completely destroys stereotypes of what music written by an African-American composer is supposed to sound like.
If you're unfamiliar with Joe's work, get thee to his MySpace page. His music, his drive, and his friendship have meant a lot to me. My own music would be very different (and much poorer) if we'd never met.