Called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe, Hub New Music — comprised of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello — is forging new pathways in 21st-century repertoire. Through creative programming and ambitious commissioning projects, the quartet of “intrepids” (WQXR) celebrates the fluidity and diversity of today’s classical music landscape. Its performances have been described as “gobsmacking” (Cleveland Classical) and “innovative” (WBUR).
Highlights for the 2019-20 season include a performance of a new work by Hannah Lash presented by Seattle Symphony in its new chamber music venue Octave9; concerts with Taos Chamber Music Group (New Mexico), Ashmont Hill Chamber Music (Boston), and Newfields (Indianapolis); residencies at the universities of Michigan and Hawaii; and season-long creative partnerships with the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) and Celebrity Series of Boston. HNM will also premiere works by Takuma Itoh, Michael Ippolito, and an evening-length song-cycle by Oracle Hysterical. Also on the horizon is the release of the group’s debut recording Soul House, and a new recording with shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki (Silk Road Ensemble).
Fueled by the spirit of collaboration, HNM has brought several large-scale projects into fruition. These include Matsuri with shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki and the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI), which the ensemble recently presented on a tour of Japan sponsored by the US Embassy; a 30-minute collaborative work with composer/harpist Hannah Lash; a song-cycle with composer/performer collective Oracle Hysterical entitled Frontier Journals; and a choreographed production of its Soul House program presented with Urbanity Dance and the Peabody Essex Museum. For its visionary programming as both a quartet and as collaborative artists, HNM was named one of WQXR’s “10 Cutting-Edge Artists That Have Captured the Imagination” in 2016, and has been featured in the Boston Globe on multiple occasions.
Hub New Music is a group of passionate educators whose approach to teaching melds the artistic and entrepreneurial facets of modern musicianship. Working with student performers and composers at residencies across the country, Hub empowers younger generations of musicians through workshops on building an arts organization, commissioning new work, and developing meaningful collaborations. Residency activities have brought (or will soon bring) Hub New Music to the New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, University of Texas Austin, UC Irvine, Stetson University, Bowling Green State University, Boston Conservatory, University of Hawaii East-West Center, and others. In 2019-20 the ensemble introduces its latest educational program HubLab, a K-12 residency program that uses graphic scores and improvisation to create group compositions.
Hub New Music owes thanks to its supporters, including the Cricket Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, the Florence & Joseph Mandel Family Foundation, Johnstone Fund for New Music, Amphion Foundation, and Alice M. Ditson Fund for Contemporary Music at Columbia University. The ensemble’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston’s reputation as a hub and center of innovation. Hub New Music is exclusively represented by Unfinished Side.