Commissioning new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers that encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls.
The Forward Music Project is driven by social justice for women. We musicians, now more than ever, have an incredible ability to effect change in our communities. I commissioned composers to write pieces based on their personal story or a particular issue that affects women and girls. The compositions are stylistically contrasting and represent the vast definition of what it means to be a woman, ranging from issues of the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive rights to sexual violence and empowerment. A visceral experience, the composers require that I embody the spirit of their message physically, mentally, and emotionally. In performance I sing, chant, fight and breathe life into these works.
Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New York Times, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. PQ’s innovative programs span contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet.
Founded in 2010, PUBLIQuartet was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, winning their 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize. In 2015 PQ received the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classica chamber music and was the 2017 jury-selected winner of the Sphinx Artist Showcase.
PUBLIQuartet’s original program, MIND|THE|GAP, was developed in 2011 to generate an interest in new music and keep traditional classical music relevant to modern audiences. Intertwining compositions from seemingly disparate genres, their “ingenious, freewheeling hybrids” (STRAD magazine) touch on deeper connections between traditional, modern and popular music through improvisation and group composition. PQ’s MIND|THE|GAP compositions have been proclaimed as “remarkable” and “innovative music making without any condescension or compromise” (Feast of Music). The ensemble was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Symphony Magazine as “Leaders of the New School” for their “audacious rearranging of beloved masterworks.”
In 2014, PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to supporting emerging composers inspired their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access. PQA is commissions emerging composers at the most formative point in their careers and presents under-represented music in the string quartet repertoire in a variety of style including classical, jazz, electronic, non-notated, world, and improvised music. Since its inception, PQA has received over 300 submissions from composers across the U.S. PQ recently recorded these works on their debut album, and every PUBLIQuartet concert highlights at least one PUBLIQ Access composition, bringing exposure of this music to the widest possible reach.
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For PUBLIQuartet Booking:
Vincent Russo at Concert Artists Guild