On March 1, Amanda Gookin presents her Forward Music Project at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, kicking off the venue’s Spring Revolution festival. The NYC-based cellist is co-founder of the innovative PUBLIQuartet (quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), an educator, and activist. Her Forward Music Project encourages social change and empowerment for women and girls through the commissioning of new works for solo cello. National Sawdust’s Spring Revolution festival, running throughout March, focuses on female empowerment and cultural discourse. Following the performance, there will be a Town Hall discussion guided by National Sawdust Creative/Executive Director Paola Prestini, UN Women Humanitarian Policy Specialist Elizabeth Cafferty, and Amanda Gookin. Discussion will be opened to the audience with the intention of sparking action within the community, and will be streamed on Facebook Live.
This multi-media concert features seven world premieres for solo cello + electronics with projection design by S Katy Tucker. Works will be premiered by composers Angélica Negrón, Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Morgan Krauss, Nathalie Joachim, and Amanda Feery. This diverse group of female composers has written music directly related, or in response to, the project’s theme of social justice for women. The composers tackle issues ranging from abortion access in Ireland, to selling girls into marriage, to personal memories and experience. In following months, Amanda and the composers will run educational workshops for young women, and a recording of the project is scheduled for spring 2017. 100% of Forward Music Project proceeds will be donated to benefit organizations doing inspiring work for women and girls locally and abroad.
AMANDA GOOKIN / FORWARD MUSIC PROJECT
New works from Angélica Negrón, Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Morgan Krauss, Nathalie Joachim, and Amanda Feery
Wednesday, March 1, 7PM
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY
646-779-8455 / www.nationalsawdust.org