Commissioning new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers that encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls.
The Forward Music Project is driven by social justice for women. We musicians, now more than ever, have an incredible ability to effect change in our communities. I commissioned composers to write pieces based on their personal story or a particular issue that affects women and girls. The compositions are stylistically contrasting and represent the vast definition of what it means to be a woman, ranging from issues of the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive rights to sexual violence and empowerment. A visceral experience, the composers require that I embody the spirit of their message physically, mentally, and emotionally. In performance I sing, chant, fight and breathe life into these works.
THE FMP GOALS
+ To continue to raise awareness of women's issues.
+ To contribute to the evolving future of new music.
+ To gain support for organizations focusing on women's rights.
+ To support the work of living composers of all backgrounds.
+ To discover better ways to connect a community through art.
+ To empower young women and provide them a platform of strength and courage to speak up and speak out.
+ To open a dialogue and encourage change in the arts community in New York and throughout the country.
In March 2016, I was the Artist-In-Residence at Mount Tremper Arts in the Catskills to begin my work on the FMP commissions. Towards the end of my residency I gave a work-in-progress community performance. The World Premiere of the seven commissions will be held at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY on March 1, 2017 and I will record my debut solo album of the project in Spring 2017.
These commissions serve as a catalyst for education and outreach activities. Teaming up with SoHumanity, the composers and I will run educational workshops for young women to encourage them to speak up and speak out through the original creation of poetry, music, theater, and dance inspired by talk circles surrounding issues young women in the U.S. and around the world are facing today.