PUBLIQ Access 4.0: Our Environment, the daring, cutting–edge PUBLIQuartet presents three world premieres responding to the crisis facing our environment. Dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by composers outside the standard classical canon, PUBLIQuartet is a propulsive force in the contemporary chamber music world, amplifying marginalized voices and drawing attention to the most pressing issues of today. PUBLIQuartet, one of National Sawdust’s Artists-in-Residence, has collaborated with artists ranging from the International Contemporary Ensemble to Helga Davis and Billy Childs, appearing everywhere from Lincoln Center to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where they performed an improvised soundtrack to a live presidential debate. Our Environment is at once a dire warning, a call to action, and a reason for hope.
“In an intricately woven tapestry of sound, shape, momentum, and stillness, choreographer Doug Varone and his 13-member ensemble contemplate our private and public relationship to faith. in the shelter of the fold / epilogue comprises six interconnected vignettes, featuring original music by Lesley Flanigan, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Raz Mesinai, and Kevin Keller, masterfully interpreted by Flanigan, PUBLIQuartet, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Drawing upon Varone’s own personal questions about prayer as both a spiritual and secular dialogue, this episodic work digs deep to ask how and why we find shelter in the unknown.”
PQ presents a concert of music by extraordinary female composers exploring the intertwined themes of freedom and faith. This program will feature established icons like Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald alongside rising stars like Shelley Washington and Jessica Meyer in a celebration of women past and present.
PUBLIQuartet: MIND | THE | GAP: “Sancta Femina” (2017)
Shelley Washington: MIDDLEGROUND (2016)
PUBLIQuartet: MIND | THE | GAP: “Nina Simone” (2018)
Ella Fitzgerald: “A Tisket, a Tasket” (1938)
Jessica Meyer: Get into the NOW (2017)
As one of National Sawdust’s 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence, PUBLIQuartet are advancing their work to commission and present composers outside of the standard classical canon. For their first show this season, the dynamic, groundbreaking PUBLIQuartet teams up with percussion stars Andy Akiho and Ian Rosenbaum for a concert of Akiho’s vibrant, viscerally driving music.
Their first show presents Andy Akiho, one of the most “vital” composers (New York Times) composing today. His virtuosic use of elaborate rhythms and unexpected timbres mesmerizes and moves in equal measure.
With Akiho’s frequent collaborator Ian Rosenbaum — a “meteoric young talent” in the percussion world (Washington Post) — on marimba, this concert promises to be a rollicking tour–de–force performance of Akiho’s String Quartet, LIgNEouS, and Karakurenai.
Celebrating Rachel Whiteread
Applauded by the Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by the New Yorker as “independent-minded,” PUBLIQuartet’s genre-bending programs span the classical canon and also feature open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet. This program features three original works from the quartet’s MIND|THE|GAP initiative—developed to generate interest in new music and keep traditional classical music relevant to modern audiences—as well as composer Andy Akiho’s LIgNEouS for string quartet and marimba, featuring percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, for whom the piece was written.
Now in its third year, New Latin Wave is a full-fledged platform elevating some of the most compelling Latinx voices in art, music, literature, and film. We invite audiences to support, engage, and learn from our featured lineup of multi-disciplinary talent in the special one-day festival.
New Music Program curated by Angélica Negrón featuring the adventurous PUBLIQuartet (string quartet) performing pieces by 7 emerging composers: Camila Agosto, Ivonne Paredes, Felipe Nieto, Inti Logan Figgis Vizueta, Angélica Negrón and young composers Paloma Dineli (age 11) and Kristal Lopez (age 13). The program showcases the diverse expressions of Latinx composers with pieces full of lyricism, rhythmic interplay, textural explorations. They highlight the multiple stories and experiences of underrepresented voices, including works inspired by the disappeared girls from Juárez, an imaginative tropical dream, a Huanyo melody from the Andes and a family road trip among others. The concert will also feature immersive visuals created for the program by the Chilean artist Andrea Wolf.
In our last concert of the season, PQ will celebrate this season's PQA composers in a special concert featuring NYC and World Premieres!
Longtime New Yorker and contemporary music advocate Jessica Meyer curates a series of
virtuosic concerts showcasing innovative string playing by sought-after classical musicians who also champion works by living composers.
World Premiere: "Nevermore" (2017) by Xian Wang
NYC Premiere: "Silent Sentinels" (2017) by Steven Snowden
NYC Premiere: "Get Into the NOW" (2017) by Jessica Meyer
Tickets: $20 + free wine!