Doors at 6PM
Advance $29 | At the Door $34
About the Show
The Forward Music Project is driven by social justice for women. We musicians, now more than ever, have an incredible ability to effect change in our communities. The seven FMP composers were commissioned to write pieces based on their personal story or a particular issue that affects women and girls. The compositions are stylistically contrasting and represent the vast definition of what it means to be a woman, ranging from empowerment and issues of the LGBTQ+ community, to reproductive rights, and violence against women. A visceral experience, the composers require that she embodies the spirit of their message mentally, emotionally, and physically. In performance Amanda sings, chants, breathes, and sweats life into these works.
I was inspired to create this project while in my car, listening to public radio. That day I had an overwhelming feeling that my that my musical life was not fully representing who I was and the message I wanted to put out to the world. I am humbled and grateful for the music and life lessons these seven composers have provided me. I feel ever more connected to my community, to other women, and to myself.
Video and projection design by S. Katy Tucker
Cellist, Amanda Gookin, is a chamber musician, soloist, and educator living in New York City. She is the co-founder of the innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation. She has given master classes on improvisation and chamber music throughout the U.S. and is a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools. Amanda is on faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and has been sought after as a speaker on career development by the Mannes School for Music. Her initiative, the Forward Music Project, commissioned seven new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers who encourage social change and empowerment for women and girls.