Student CoLab is National Sawdust’s flagship education program for middle school composers and artists. This performance is the culmination of a three-month program in music composition, film, and projection design, for young people at El Puente Beacon Leadership Program in Williamsburg. The program features National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence cellist Amanda Gookin (Forward Music Project). This multimedia concert features new music for cello, voice, and electronics, as well as video projection and film, all written, designed, and performed by students at MS50.
This year, Student CoLab took Amanda Gookin and S Katy Tucker’s Forward Music Project as the inspiration for the program. Forward Music Project is a multimedia project driven by social justice and empowerment for women and girls. Using the same format and principles of collaboration, and drawing upon similar themes of justice, gender, and empowerment, young people have created all of the new music, film, and visuals which you will experience at this performance.
This journey of artistic discovery and self expression empowers young people to have a voice on issues that affect them, while also enabling them to explore and fulfill their potential as a creative beings.
Amanda will perform works from Forward Music Project as part of the 2019 Rotterdam Art Music Festival. ROAM presents "Classical music of today: adventurous, innovative, and free from convention."
Two sets at 3:00 + 4:00 PM
Niloufar Nourbakhsh: Veiled for cello and electronics (2018)
Shelley Washington: SEETHING for cello and kick drum (2019)
Amanda Feery: Stray Sods for cello and electronics (2016)
Jessica Meyer: Swerve for cello and loop pedal (2016)
I am honored to be a featured National Sawdust artist on the opening night performance of Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam!
The Opening Ceremony of 2019 Classical:NEXT is curated by Composer and National Sawdust Artistic Director, Paola Prestini, and produced by Holly Hunter, Director of National Sawdust Projects. This night will feature Deep Listening led by IONE as developed by composer Pauline Oliveros, Amanda Gookin's Forward Music Project with visuals by S Katy Tucker, National Sawdust Hildegard Award-winner Emma O'Halloran, short film "Kipatsi, Nija, Añaantsi (Land, Water, Life)," directed by filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu, and a live performance by Peruvian composer/performer Pauchi Sasaki.
OK Electric 2019: electro-acoustic works on the theme of Migration
Presents: Forward Music Project
Featuring music by Angelica Negrón, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Judith Shatin, Amanda Feery, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Natalie Joachim, Jessica Meyer, and others
Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd at Living Arts of Tulsa
Pre-concert talks begin at 6:30
In the face of division, hashtags, and soundbites, Forward Music Project 2.0: In This Skin commissions five new multimedia works for solo cello and provides space and time for audiences to listen deeply to, interact with, and contemplate the visceral joys and struggles of women.
Alex Temple: “Tactile” for cello and vocal effects
Paola Prestini: “To Tell A Story” for cello and electronics
Kamala Sankaram: “Belly” for cello and electronics
Niloufar Nourbakhsh: “Veiled” for cello and electronics
Shelley Washington: “SEETHING” for cello and kick drum
This experiential performance integrates cello, vibration, nature sounds, and the breath in a musically-guided meditation inspired by the mystical medieval writings and music of Hildegard von Bingen and Deep Listening works by Pauline Oliveros. Participants will be invited to listen deeply as they are led through a series of exploratory meditations to center the listener’s energy as they focus their breathe and reception to sound. Each participant will receive a sample of oil inspired by Hildegard’s herbalism writings and participants can breath in the healing properties of herbs such as peppermint and rosemary while they settle in to the warm vibrations of the cello. All are welcome and participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring a pillow, blanket, or yoga mat.
In a snapshot of the endlessly varied forms of musical expression throughout our community, Contemporaneous hosts a non-genre musical gathering with sets by some of the most powerful artists working amongst us: daring avant-rock band Boio, “genre obliterating” Warp Trio, and Forward Music Project, Amanda Gookin’s multimedia set of solo cello works seeking to empower women and girls.
Program on plant life and nature curated by Angélica Negrón and the NY Botanical Gardens featuring cellist Amanda Gookin and bassist Eleanore Oppenheim
Angélica Negrón: Panorama for cello and electronics
Judith Shatin: “Songbird” from “For the Birds” for cello and electronics
Angélica Negrón: Las Desaparecidas
Matthew Burtner: Fragments From Cold for cello and electronics
Angélica Negrón: La Isla Magica for bass and electronics
Eleanore Oppenheim: Improvisations based on nature
PUBLIQuartet presents a concert of music by extraordinary female composers exploring the intertwined themes of freedom and faith. Dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by composers outside of the standard classical canon, this program will feature established icons like Meredith Monk and Ella Fitzgerald alongside rising stars like Shelley Washington and Jessica Meyer in a celebration of women past and present.
Bassist Sam Suggs and I will perform a set of solo and duo works to open the NewOrch Opus 2 event
Nathalie Joachim: Dam Mwen Yo for cello and electronics
Caroline Shaw: In Manus Tuas for solo cello
Sam Suggs: Postlude for solo bass
Alfred Schnittke: Hymnus II for cello and bass
Hildegard von Bingen: Improvisations on O Virigissima Virga for cello and bass
As one of National Sawdust’s 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence, PUBLIQuartet are advancing their work to commission and present composers outside of the standard classical canon. For their first show this season, the dynamic, groundbreaking PUBLIQuartet teams up with percussion stars Andy Akiho and Ian Rosenbaum for a concert of Akiho’s vibrant, viscerally driving music.
Their first show presents Andy Akiho, one of the most “vital” composers (New York Times) composing today. His virtuosic use of elaborate rhythms and unexpected timbres mesmerizes and moves in equal measure.
With Akiho’s frequent collaborator Ian Rosenbaum — a “meteoric young talent” in the percussion world (Washington Post) — on marimba, this concert promises to be a rollicking tour–de–force performance of Akiho’s String Quartet, LIgNEouS, and Karakurenai.
Celebrating Rachel Whiteread
Applauded by the Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by the New Yorker as “independent-minded,” PUBLIQuartet’s genre-bending programs span the classical canon and also feature open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet. This program features three original works from the quartet’s MIND|THE|GAP initiative—developed to generate interest in new music and keep traditional classical music relevant to modern audiences—as well as composer Andy Akiho’s LIgNEouS for string quartet and marimba, featuring percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, for whom the piece was written.
New Latin Wave's New Music Program, curated by Angélica Negrón, features the adventurous PUBLIQuartet performing pieces by 7 Latinx emerging composers: Camila Agosto, Felipe Nieto, Inti Logan Figgis Vizueta and young composers Paloma Dineli (age 11) and Kristal Lopez (age 13) + works for solo cello by Ivonne Paredes and Angélica Negrón.
Ten composers vie for your affection in this highbrow, irreverent classical reboot. Dress up with style and attitude and get ready to yell "Again!" if something gets your blood going. Hosted by Alf Bishai with lots of comedy, voting, audience interaction, nerdy shenanigans, and - most important - gorgeous music you've never heard before and will want to hear again. If you've ever thought, "I'd like to get into classical more", but don't know how...this is how.