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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
So excited to announce the first #PUBLIQAccess World Premiere of the season will be held at the historical Workhouse Arts Center in partnership with Turning Point Suffragist Memorial on Sunday, November 12 in Lorton, Virginia!
Steven Snowden's commission, "Silent Sentinels" for string quartet and electronics, honors the Centennial of the "Night of Terror" when 33 Suffragists called the Silent Sentinels were arrested and brutally beaten at the Occoquan Workhouse (now the Workhouse Arts Center). These women were subsequently tortured and endured horrific treatment as prisoners. It wasn't until 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified.
PQ's program "Voices of Change" will provide a snapshot of music in 1917, celebrating the Centennial of Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and the music of Lilli Boulanger.
PUBLIQuartet presents a PUBLIQ Access World Premiere, "Silent Sentinels" (2017) by Steven Snowden at the Workhouse Arts Center to honor the women who suffered the Night of Terror at the Occoquan Workhouse. PUBLIQuartet will present a concert program titled, “ ‘17", inspired by resistance and change. The works on this program will provide a musical snapshot of the year 1917 to commemorate historical events and the birth of influential composers’ who pushed against oppression 100 years ago.
This concert is presented by the Workhouse Arts Center and Turning Point Memorial Foundation.
A Multimedia Song Cycle by HOLLANDS, PUBLIQuartet and Amy Khoshbin
The Scheherazade Project (TSP) takes its inspiration from the feminist icon Scheherazade, who uses well-known tales to suit her needs, saving her own life as well as the lives of thousands of women from a virgin-killing king in the classical Persian story One Thousand and One Nights. Reimagined through a contemporary western "lens", (TSP) conceives a disillusioned dictator wooed by media stories, slowly immersed into the realm of the screen where "reality" and "fiction" become indiscernible. Indie-rock duo HOLLANDS and string quartet PUBLIQuartet integrate rock ‘n’ roll and classical music, merging electronic and acoustic genres via original song and improvisations that pay homage to Rimsky- Korsakov's symphonic poem Scheherazade. Set alongside live storytelling and multi-channel video projections by Iranian-American artist Amy Khoshbin, (TSP) was commissioned by a 2015 Mpower Grant awarded by the Sphinx Organization and Music Assistance Fund. (MAF)
Curated and Co-presented by The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and National Sawdust as part of the New York Philharmonic's Biennial Celebration.