Amanda Gookin pushes classical forward
— LA Times

Commissioning new multimedia works for solo cello that encourage social change and feminine empowerment through the voices of women and non-binary composers.

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 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. Performances this season included 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

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