“Next time [Hub New Music] offers a concert, go, listen, and be changed” - the Boston Globe
“In short, Hub New Music is a group you should pay attention to.” - Classical Dark Arts
Hub New Music is a mixed quartet of “young intrepids” (WQXR, New York) exploring a richly diverse palette of 21st century sounds. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, Hub has been praised for "handling tricky ensemble passages with ease" (New Music Box) in performances that are “elegant and exacting” (the Boston Globe) and inspire a “refreshing sense of pure joy.” (New Classic LA)
Hub New Music’s repertoire reflects the genre-defying fluidity of music today, and includes the works of Mason Bates, Evan Ziporyn, Anna Clyne, Kati Agocs, Daniel Wohl, Nico Muhly, Robert Honstein, Laura Kaminsky, and Kirsten Volness. Projects for the 2017/18 season include a collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble’s Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) & the Asia/America New Music Initiative, Soul House - a new program exploring concepts of memory and reflection with a new work by Robert Honstein, a chamber-pop song cycle with composer/harpist Audrey Harrer, and a new quartet by Rome-prize winning composer Andrew Rindfleisch. 2017/18 season highlights include performances and residencies at the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (NYC), inaugural Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival, Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), Tribeca New Music Festival, and University of Michigan..
As curators and collaborative artists, Hub New Music has brought several large scale initiatives into fruition. These include recent portrait concerts of Andrew Norman and Kati Agócs, both of which garnered critical acclaim from the Boston Globe. For its visionary programming as both a quartet and as collaborative artists, Hub was named one of WQXR's Q2 Music's "10 Cutting-Edge Ensembles That Have Captured the Imagination" in 2016.
The ensemble are also passionate educators whose approach to teaching places contemporary music within the context of a centuries old yet rapidly evolving musical tradition. Working with student performers and composers alike at residencies across the country, Hub trains future generations of contemporary artists and places strong emphasis on arts entrepreneurship as a vital component of a musical education. Hub has held and looks toward residencies at the New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Northeastern University, Lehigh University, Cleveland State University, Texas State at San Marcos, Clark University, and University of California at Riverside.
Hub New Music owes thanks to its supporters including the Cricket Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, the Florence & Joseph Mandel Family Foundation, and New England Conservatory Office of Entrepreneurial Musicianship. The ensemble’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston and the notion that a hub is a center of innovation.