FREEDOM AND FAITH: On the GRAMMY® Ballot in Four Categories!
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: PUBLIQuartet
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Jessica Meyer: Get Into The Now
Best Engineered Album classical: Ryan Streber
Producer of the Year, classical: Louis Levitt
Released last spring on indie classical label Bright Shiny Things, Freedom and Faith is the second album from the intrepid ensemble PUBLIQuartet, winner of Chamber Music America’s 2019 Visionary Award. Freedom & Faith features artists whose music represents resilience, resistance, and subversion; Jessica Meyer, Shelley Washington, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Hildegard Von Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Francesca Caccini - composers that highlight the diversity and legacy of women in music over the last millennium. The album is comprised of music from two of PUBLIQuartet’s signature initiatives: MIND | THE | GAP, collaborative compositions and improvisations by the four members of the group; and PUBLIQ Access (PQA), a genre-independent program that commissions new works for string quartet by emerging composers living within the U.S. Running through the entire album is the spirit of collaboration and spontaneity that embodies PUBLIQuartet’s mission.