Commissioning new multimedia works for solo cello that confront social change and elevate stories of feminine empowerment

Forward Music Project (FMP) confronts the audience with a visceral experience of music, light, and stories that explore a range of feminine issues from the LGBTQIA+ community to reproductive rights, sexual violence, and empowerment. These works are performed through the lens of solo cello by FMP founder and performer Amanda Gookin, electronics, video art by S Katy Tucker, and audio interludes by the composers. In performance, Amanda sings, chants, fights, gasps, and breathes life into these new works. Seven FMP commissions premiered during the Spring Revolution Festival at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY in March 2017. During the 2018/19 season, Amanda was an Artist-In-Residence at National Sawdust and premiered five new works for FMP 2.0: in this skin. Forward Music Project is on the touring roster of National Sawdust Projects. FMP has been presented by such institutions as The Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT and Georgetown University in Washington, DC; The Wallis in Los Angeles; OK Electric Festival in Tulsa; and deDoelen in Rotterdam, NL.

Photo by  Ryan Scherb

Photo by Ryan Scherb

“Gookin is carving out space for fresh narratives and providing a much needed dose of reality.”
— I Care If You Listen

Forward Music Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Dear FMP supporter,

Your support of Forward Music Project will elevate and emancipate global stories of composers who engage with femininity. The composers’ stories, and the stories of those are silenced, deserve to be lifted up and heard by new audiences. FMP would not exist without individual giving, which is dedicated entirely to commission fees, FMP Presents, and operating budget costs. You can commit to a recurring monthly donation, make a one-time gift, or commission a new work dedicated to you (ask me how)! There is no donation level too small. Thank you!

With gratitude,




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: March 20, 2019 at National Sawdust


World Premiere: March 1, 2017 at National Sawdust


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S. Katy Tucker is a video and projections designer based in NYC. Tucker began her career as a painter and installation artist, exhibiting her work at a variety of galleries, such as the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C. and Artist's Space in New York City. Her work in theater and opera has been seen around the world, including Broadway; Off-Broadway; the Metropolitan Opera; the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall; the New York City Ballet; the Kennedy Center; BAM, The Park Avenue Armory, among others. She has collaborated with musicians including: Paul McCartney, Paola Prestini, Jeff Ziegler, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Recent productions include Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Prince Igor at the Dutch National Opera and Metropolitan Opera, The Ring Cycle with Francesca Zambello at San Francisco Opera, Iron & Coal with Kevin Newbury, If You Listen with R.B. Schlater, and Sets and Video for Orphee at Banff Center with Joel Ivany and West Side Story at the Kennedy Center with Francesca Zambello. Upcoming: Silent Voices with Kevin Newbury, The Park Avenue Armory Gala with Stefan Beckman, Set and Video design for Parsifal at IU Opera Theater and Florencia en el Amazonas at Houston Grand Opera.

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I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying—trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself.
— Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
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