A New York City native and graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Curtis Stewart has performed as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, in Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He has made chamber music appearances at Zankel Hall, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival, holding his audiences “spellbound” with his“warm, clear sound…sparkling rhythmic energy” and “prodigious technique,” (New Amsterdam Times, SoundWordSight) An avid teacher, he currently teaches at the Laguardia Highschool for Music & Art and Performing Arts. Curtis’ eclectic background has led him to concerts in many different realms of music from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band. His ensembles “PUBLIQuartet,” and “The Mighty Third Rail” perform frequently at many of New York’s illustrious venues including the Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, the Cornelia Street Cafe, BAM Cafe, Lincoln Center, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, and the Stone. Curtis has worked with today’s prominent musicians including Henry Threadgill, Dick Oatts, Jason Lindner, Edmar Casteneda, Linda Oh, Chris Dingman, Dave Liebman, Matt Wilson, among many others. A supporter and practitioner of many styles of music, Curtis is excited to continue expanding and blending all the elements of his stylistic and expressive range, developing a unique and relevant voice in New York’s boundless music scene.
Jannina Norpoth made her debut as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Since then she has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist, performer, arranger and educator. She has performed internationally, including appearances on the Lincoln Center “Great Performers” Series, Mostly Mozart Festival, Women of the World Festival at The Apollo Theater, The Ecstatic Music Festival, VH1’s Save the Music, and SNL. She has been featured alongside acclaimed musicians James Carter, Nadia Sirota, Regina Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Jay - Z, Beyoncé, Pharell, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, My Brightest Diamond and many others.
Ms. Norpoth is a sought after arranger in the classical and non-classical worlds. Praised by Strad Magazine for her ability to write a transcription “so natural sounding that it could have been the composer's original version”, recent commissions include an adaptation of Scott Joplin’s “Treemonisha” form the Volcano Theatre Company in Toronto and Dvorak’s “American Suite” for Trinity Wall Street’s “12th Night Festival”. Ms. Norpoth has arranged/recorded strings for grammy-winning producers Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis and Bryce Goggin and for artists Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson, Black Dahlia Murder, Akron Family, John Legend, and her own ensembles PUBLIQuartet and HOLLANDS.
Ms. Norpoth performs and writes in folk/rock duo HOLLANDS. Praised for their multi-faceted sound, HOLLANDS was profiled by BBC as "pulsing indie pop that really puts a spring in your step ... mixing fun, folk, rock and elements of classical." In 2016 HOLLANDS, PUBLIQuartet and artist Amy Khoshbin created The Scheherazade Project (TSP), a multimedia song cycle inspired by the stories of One Thousands and One Nights. TSP was awarded a Sphinx MPower grant for it’s creation and premiered as part of the NYC Electro-Acoustic Music Festival and The New York Philharmonic’s Biennial Celebration, with support from MAC Cosmetics and DPA Microphones.
Nick Revel is the founding violist of PUBLIQuartet, which was string quartet in residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's “MetLiveArts” 2016/17 season. PQ has been presented by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the Joyce Theater, National Sawdust, Dizzy's Coca Cola Club, and the Newport Jazz Festival. He's performed all over the world including in Berlin, Tokyo, Banff, and across the US. He's collaborated with Benjamin Millepied and the LA Dance Project, Björk, Paquito D’Rivera, Billy Childs, JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Jessie Montgomery, and tuba legend Bob Stewart. As a composer Nick's 2017 commission “In DayDream” for viola and guitar was premiered in Carnegie Hall on April 10, 2017. In addition, he has self-produced, composed, and recorded a full-length album titled “Letters to My Future Self” of all original compositions, improvisaitons, and sound designs for viola.
For three consecutive years Nick was commissioned to write pieces for mixed student ensembles at the Talent Education Suzuki School, one of which was premiered at the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the school at Norwalk City Hall for the Mayor of Norwalk and other public notables in the Spring of 2014. As a teacher, Nick co-created the New York String Studio, located in Sunnyside, Queens with his wife Nora Krohn. NY String Studio teaching philosophy draws on methods of self-awareness practices, Suzuki Method, Alexander Technique, meditation, and Madeline Bruser’s The Art of Practicing. He aspires to offer his students high quality instrumental technique and a deeper understanding of mind and body, discipline, problem-solving, organization, time management, and self-expression.
Amanda Gookin is a chamber musician, soloist, activist, and educator living in New York City. She is the co-founder of innovative PUBLIQuartet, the 2016-17 quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Concert Artists Guild's 2013 New Music/New Places Ensemble. Amanda gives master classes on improvisation and chamber music throughout the U.S. and is a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools. Leading courses in Career Development and Artistic Programming, she serves on faculty at SUNY Purchase and Mannes School of Music. She has been sought after as a guest speaker on entrepreneurship and activism by the Mannes School of Music, James Madison University, and TEDx MidAtlantic.
“Gookin's focus and ferocity - couple with expert technical work - made her message unforgettable."
- The Strad
Amanda is the Artistic Director of PUBLIQ Access, PUBLIQuartet's composers program which commissions works by emerging composers who are significantly impacting a new approach to writing for string quartet. Her latest initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissioned seven new works for solo cello and electronics by today’s forward-thinking composers that encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls. The Forward Music Project was premiered in March 2017 on the first day of Women's History Month as part of the "Spring Revolution" festival at National Sawdust.