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 Shelly Washington and Jessica Meyer in a celebration of women past and present.
— a celebration of the radically diverse ways we express our lives through music —
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.
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.
World Premiere of works by: Paola Prestini, Shelley Washington, Kamala Sankaram, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Alex Temple
OK Electric 2019: electro-acoustic works on the theme of Migration
Presents: Forward Music Project
Featuring music by Angelica Negrón, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, 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
OK Electric is curated by Noam Faingold through the New Music Committee at Living Arts of Tulsa
The Stone Residency: Paola Prestini (April 2-6, 2019)
Featuring Forward Music Project 2.0 commission cello + electronics entitled “To Tell a Story” based on truths, secrets, and fragments of the Steinem talk on how to tell a good story. With other solo works, including piano solo, viola solo and cello solos.
NATIONAL SAWDUST @ THE WALLIS - May 30-31, 2019
"The startlingly visceral cellist Amanda Gookin performs stylistically contrasting commissions by seven female composers that explore a range of issues facing women today, from the LGBTQ+ to reproductive rights, sexual violence and empowerment."
Composers: Angélica Negrón, Nathalie Joachim, Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Amanda Feery, Morgan Krauss
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.
"Longtime New Yorker and contemporary music advocate Jessica Meyer curates a series of
virtuosic concerts showcasing innovative string playing by sought-after classical musicians who also champion works by living composers."
In our last concert of the season, PQ will celebrate this season's PQA composers in a special concert featuring NYC and World Premieres!
Tickets: $20 with free wine!
World Premiere: "Nevermore" (2017) by Xian Wang
NYC Premiere: "Silent Sentinels" (2017) by Steven Snowden
NYC Premiere: "Get Into the NOW" (2017) by Jessica Meyer
Join us for an afternoon of incredible music at the 2018 Bang on a Can marathon. This incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features ten hours of performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time. Contemporaneous will perform side-by-side with the Bang on a Can All Stars, with thrilling new music from Jeffrey Brooks, Fjóla Evans, and Dylan Mattingly.
IRON & COAL is an intimate musical journey through the Holocaust's lingering emotional wounds on a survivor and his son. Contemporaneous joins composer, singer, songwriter, and lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld in his evening-length work commemorating his father, newly arranged by co-artistic director David Bloom. This staged production is directed by Kevin Newbury.
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
PUBLIQuartet presents a program of works by a diverse body of composers, featuring the world premiere of a Washington Performing Arts co-commission by composer Jessica Meyer. Program includes works by PAULINE OLIVEROS, JESSIE MONTGOMERY, MEREDITH MONK, CAROLINE SHAW, JIHYUN KIM, and more.
OPERA AMERICA SHOWCASE: operas in progress commissioned and produced by National Sawdust. Featuring excerpts from Paola Prestini's Old Man and the Sea for cello + loop pedal and two tenors, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Zachary James.
On February 10 from 2:30 - 4:30, PUBLIQuartet will conduct masterclass sessions with two learning quartets in a live event at the National Opera Center, New York City. A multi-camera crew will film the event for live stream across the internet to audiences everywhere. Chamber music players wherever they are can watch on their computers in real time and submit their comments and questions via a live chat feed.
Irish vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, called “one of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music” by The Guardian, and “magnificently expressive” by The New York Times, applies his profound and soaring voice to composer Kate Moore’s Bushranger Psychodrama, a new piece created specifically for him, and performed this evening with PUBLIQuartet string quartet. Co-commissioned by Symphony Space and National Concert Hall Dublin.