Fairbanks Concert Association

PUBLIQuartet – 3.6.20

Friday, March 6
7:30 pm – UAF Davis Concert Hall

Co-sponsored by the UAF Music Department

This genre-bending string quartet brings cutting-edge new music. Their exciting, original program explores themes of spirituality, awakening, and inspiration by women composers including Caroline Shaw, Jessie Montgomery, Jessica Meyer, Shelley Washington, Hildegard von Bingen, Nina Simone and more. In their typically stylish and beguiling way, PQ delves into a sound world uniquely their own, including elements of classical, jazz, bluegrass, tango, Gregorian chant, and even whistles. PQ strives to showcase the compositions of women and people of color, whose voices are not equally represented in our modern musical world. Come celebrate this original program of courageous, resilient, passionate, and intelligent voices!

Named a 2013 CAG New Music/New Places Ensemble, the PUBLIQuartet’s creative, interactive programming brings a fresh perspective to the classical music scene. Drawing on jazz, world, and electro-acoustic influences, PUBLIQuartet pairs music from the classical repertoire with contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the stylistic norms of the string quartet.
Current projects include the original concert series MIND|THE|GAP, which connects old and new music by bridging musical content through improvisation; PUBLIQ Access, a new program for emerging composers that launches at the DiMenna Center in 2014; and a recital debut at Symphony Space.
The group performs in a diverse range of venues—from Lincoln Center and 92Y Tribeca to Rockwood Music Hall and Cornelia Street Cafe. Recent concerts have been presented by American Composers Orchestra, Bargemusic, Queens College New Music Collective, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, Hobart William Smith Colleges, Fordham University, and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

PUBLIQuartet has collaborated with members of ICE, composer/violist Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, bandoneonist JP Jofre, jazz tuba legend Bob Stewart, and jazz clarinetist and composer Don Byron. The ensemble has worked with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, and Brentano String Quartets and with composers Joan Tower and Butch Morris. Residencies include the Juilliard String Quartet Institute, Deer Valley Music Festival’s “Emerging Quartets and Composers” program, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and the Banff Centre. The members of the quartet are graduates from Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music.

Co-Sponsored by the UAF Music Department

Congratulations to Grammy Nominated PUBLIQuartet!

Their second album, “Freedom & Faith,” was nominated in four categories for the 2020 Grammy Awards:

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

2013 CAG New Music/New Places Ensemble
Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize

“…independent-minded…” – The New Yorker

“…the evening’s high point…” – The Strad

“…played…with biting force and zesty snap pizzicatos.” –  The Strad

“…dramatic power with subtle nuance and depth of emotion.” – SoundWordSite

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Posted on

May 3, 2019