THE CONCEPT

Commissioning new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers that encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls.

Forward Music Project confronts the audience with a visceral experience of music, light, and stories that explore a range of issues facing women today, from the LGBTQ+ to reproductive rights, sexual violence and empowerment. These works are performed through the lens of solo cello, electronics, projection art by S Katy Tucker, and audio interludes from the composers. In performance, I sing, chant, fight, gasp, and breathe life into these new works. Forward Music Project premiered in the Spring Revolution Festival at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY on March 1, 2017. This season, Amanda is In-Residence at National Sawdust and will premiere five new works for FMP 2.0: in this skin in March 2019. Forward Music Project is on the touring roster of National Sawdust Projects. Upcoming performances include The Kennedy Center’s Direct Current Festival and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C; The Wallis in Los Angeles, CA; OK Electric Festival in Tulsa, OK; and Classical:NEXT 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.

THE COMPOSERS

2.0

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

1.0

World Premiere: March 1, 2017 at National Sawdust

THE VISUALS

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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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THE PIECES

"VEILED" for cello and ELECTRONICS by NILOUFAR NOURBAKHSH

World Premiere

national sawdust, brooklyn, ny
March 20, 2019

 

"swerve" for cello and loop pedal by jessica meyer

World Premiere
SPRINg revolution festival

national sawdust, brooklyn, ny
March 1, 2017

 

"memories lie dormant: they are reviled before they are revealed" by morgan krauss

World Premiere
SPRINg revolution festival

national sawdust, brooklyn, ny
March 1, 2017

 

"Dam Mwen Yo" by Nathalie Joachim

TEDx MIDATLANTIC

Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, D.C.
March 6, 2017

 

"Is there a place for activism in the classical music world?"

Learn Amanda’s story (which includes many digressions from, and returns to, the classical music world), and learn why she decided to aim all of her disparate passions at one target. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

PRESS

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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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