The Contemporaneous Community Salon is a free monthly community gathering, where anyone can come to share ideas, conversations, dreams, and artistic work in all stages of development.
The Contemporaneous Community Salon is always free and open to anyone, with snacks and drinks provided. We want to provide a space where artists working in our community — and those of us who just love art or good conversation! — can come together to meet, speak, and share what they're interested in and working on.
Each community salon features a short performance by a Contemporaneous musician. In this third salon, cellist Amanda Gookin performs a set of solo works.
Cellist Amanda Gookin and viele player David McCormick join forces for a guided musical meditation featuring works of Hildegard von Bingen, Pauline Oliveros, and Ryan Keebaugh.
This experiential performance integrates live performance, 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 breath and reception to sound. Each participant will receive a sample of oil inspired by Hildegard’s herbalism writings and participants can breathe in the healing properties of herbs such as peppermint and rosemary while they settle into the warm vibrations of the cello. All are welcome and participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring a pillow, blanket, or yoga mat.
The voices of cello and birdsong remind us of our interdependence, and the importance of maintaining avian habitats. A discussion follows the performance, inviting representatives from organizations championing our city’s birds to talk about conservation and habitat protection in New York.
“For the Birds” for cello and electronics by Judith Shatin
III. Birds of Prey
IV. Water Birds
Tribeca New Music presents LOST and FOUND
Featuring works by: Robert Honstein, Sam Suggs, Allison Loggins-Hull, and Shelley Washington
Mike Compitello, percussion
Sam Suggs, bass
Amanda Gookin, cello
In presenting the world premiere of Lost and Found Mike and Robert create a program that plays on the idea of things lost and discarded, but also on the collaborative spirit driving their process. The artists on this program - cellist Amanda Gookin, bassist Sam Suggs, and percussionist Mike Compitello - have worked together for years in many different contexts and their coming together represents a similar fusion of friendship and creativity.
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