PUBLIQuartetNew York, NY NYC Impact Fund
PUBLIQuartet members: Curtis Stewart, violin | Jannina Norpoth, violin | Nick Revel, viola | Amanda Gookin, cello Dubbed “adventurous” by The New York Times, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene.
Founded in 2010, PQ is dedicated to presenting new works that span original arrangements from the classical canon, contemporary works, group compositions, and open-form improvisations which expand the techniques and aesthetic of the string quartet. Next season, 2016-17, PQ will hold the prestigious title of Quartet-In-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, performing seven concerts throughout the various galleries, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and the Cloisters. PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, winning their 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize. Hailed by WQXR as a “…‘genre-independent’ quartet that not only vehemently supports emerging composers, but also composes collectively – a rare occurrence in this field,” the group received Chamber Music America’s 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music.
MIND|THE|GAP is an original program developed by PUBLIQuartet in 2011 to generate a wide interest in new music and keep traditional classical music relevant to modern audiences. Intertwining compositions from seemingly disparate genres, their “ingenious, freewheeling hybrids” (The Strad) touch on deeper connections between traditional, modern and popular music through improvisation and group composition. PQ’s MIND|THE|GAP compositions have been proclaimed as “remarkable” and “innovative music making without any condescension or compromise” (Feast of Music). The ensemble was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Symphony Magazine as “Leaders of the New School” for their “audacious rearranging of beloved masterworks.” Along with string quartet composition, MIND|THE|GAP features a collaboration with hip-hop poetry trio, The Mighty Third Rail entitled Changing Night. This classical/hip-hop mash-up is a contemporary take on the Garden of Eden tale inspired by the music of György Ligeti. The premiere of this work was presented by Symphony Space and subsequently through the PUBLIC Theater, at the LaMama Experimental Theater in New York City, Huntington Arts Festival in Huntington, New York, and the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, MI.
PUBLIQ Access is a genre-independent initiative which creates new works for the string quartet and highlight the voices of today’s innovative emerging composers at the most formative point of their careers. PQA supports under-represented music in the string quartet repertoire regardless of style; including jazz, world, improvised, non-notated, and electronic music. Since 2014, the program has received over 250 submissions from composers across the U.S. and has culminated in over 20 performances of these works. PQA is brings exposure of these new works to the widest possible reach through performances of the highest quality and audience engagement through talks, open rehearsals, collaborations, and free concerts. PQA compositions have been featured on nearly every PUBLIQuartet concert across the U.S., even their high profile concerts including their Carnegie Hall debut. PUBLIQuartet recorded two PULIQ Access compositions on their debut album which was released on CAG Records in December 2015.
PUBLIQuartet has performed in a diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall and SubCulture to the Detroit Institute of Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. They have been presented by the Chautauqua Institution, Newport Jazz Festival, American Composers Orchestra, Fordham University in Lincoln Center, American Modern Ensemble, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Queens College, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and the Music of Now festival at Symphony Space. They have collaborated with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), JACK Quartet, Nadia Sirota, and amazing jazz legends, Billy Childs, Bob Stewart, and Don Byron. Graduates from the Mannes School of Music and Eastman School of music, their mentors include members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, and Brentano String Quartets and composers Laura Kaminsky, Joan Tower, and Butch Morris. They have participated in residencies at the Juilliard String Quartet Program, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Deer Valley Music Festival, Shouse Institute, and Banff Centre.
“Great Danger, Keep Out” is a 2015 PUBLIQ Access composition // Performed Live @ The MET Museum, 3.3.17 // “Modern Voices” performance as part of PUBLIQuartet’s MET Museum residency
Improvisations based on Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet // Performed Live @ The MET Museum, 2.16.17 // . “What is American?” performance as part of PUBLIQuartet’s MET Museum residency