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Boston’s Hub New Music at CSU’s Drinko Hall (March 26) - Cleveland Classical (David Kulma)
"The concluding “Secret Place” showed the sense of care — and even love — that Hub New Music brings to their playing. This level of deep musicianship requires enough time and rehearsal for the meaning of the music to seep into the musicians’ pores. It was clear that the quartet felt deeply for this beautiful celebration, and a joy to hear them bring it to life."
Spontaneous Combusion reviews 1: from hub to sandbox - Oregon Artswatch (Angela Allen)
"Hub New Music, an innovative Boston-based group shaking up chamber music, has members younger than 30 years old who make clarinet, violin, flute and cello play as one."
Concert Review: Hub New Music in Worcester - the ArtsFuse (Jonathan Blumhofer)
"HNM played [Robert Honstein's] Soul House with terrific panache" and "dispatched it with brio."
Hub New Music Transports with an All Agócs Program - the Boston Globe (Zoë Madonna)
"The ensemble's colors imperceptibly blended, fragments of ostinatos picking up on each other and spiraling outward."
Hub New Music at Sound and Fury - New Classic LA (Cristina Lord)
"I felt a refreshing sense of pure joy and innocence while listening to this work [Mason Bates, "The Life of Birds"] – a perfect way to end the evening."
From Groupmuse to the BSO: Show-hopping in Boston - New Music Box (Will Roseliep)*
"Then they took on Mason Bates’s The Life of Birds. You could tell they’d performed it before, handling tricky ensemble passages with ease. Toward the end the bench I sat on got a little uncomfortable, but the music didn’t."
Hub New Music: Coloring Within Lines - Boston Musical Intelligencer (Brian Schuth)
"All of these works were given impeccable and impassioned performances from the Hub players . . . They play with a single mind but without sacrificing personality."
Ensemble introduces young composers in Jamaica Plain - the Boston Globe (Steven Smith)*
"Avitabile and his colleagues . . . were elegant and exacting; Topel handled the electronic portion with a notebook computer, tucking small transducers inside the piano for acoustic amplification."
Hub New Music Debuts With “Strength in Fragility” - Boston Musical Intelligencer (Brian Schuth)
" . . . the ensemble plays as a single, sensitive organism that draws more attention to the music than to itself."
Hub New Music illuminates Norman’s constructs at MFA - the Boston Globe (David Weininger)
"The performance was dynamic and committed. The concert took place in a corner of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. The audience was a mix of Boston’s young new-music faithful and museum visitors who’d happened to wander by.
Meet Michael Avitabile of Hub New Music in Jamaica Plain - Boston Voyager
"I don’t think there’s ever a smooth road as an artist or in any entrepreneurial endeavor, but it’s the roadblocks that help us grow."
A Hub for Innovation - Jackson Free Press (Alex Thiel)
"Chamber music, in the minds of many, belongs in a stuffy and insular world, where players just rehearse and rehash the same classical pieces within university recital halls . . . Hub New Music aims to change a few minds."
Kati Agócs Featured in Hub New Music Debut - Boston Musical Intelligencer (Brian Schuth)
"Talking to Avitabile, I’m struck by how often he says “community” while also talking about “stepping outside” the traditional concert, and it is this sense of bringing people together to share in the experience of contemporary music that sounds so exciting listening to him."
Longform Interview with Mike Avitabile - Classical Dark Arts (William Roseliep)
"As the orchestra job market tightens and audience numbers dwindle, groups like Hub New Music offer an enticing way forward. In short, Hub New Music is a group you should pay attention to."
Contemporary Classical Ensembles Break The Mold To Carve Out A Spot In Boston’s Music Scene - WBUR's the Artery (Heather Stebbins)
"The mission of Hub New Music (formally the Boston Young Composers Ensemble) is more about bringing new forms of music to Boston than focusing on what is already happening within its new music scene. The group of performers that make up Hub’s core roster present a style of music that is not often performed in Boston, a style that blurs the lines between indie-rock and contemporary classical."
Interview with Hub New Music - The Mountain Eagle (Catskills, NY)
10 Questions with MIchael Avitabile - the Opus Affair Blog
"Flutist Michael Avitabile answers #10Questions in the latest installment of our interview series. Read on to find out about his hidden talents, upcoming projects, and the role that coffee plays in his success."
Hub New Music to premiere Andrew Rindfleisch’s Fun House at CSU and LCCC
- ClevelandClassical.com (Jarrett Hoffman)
MusicWatch Weekly: sizzlers and swashbucklers - Oregon ArtsWatch (Brett Campbell)
"Tuesday’s concert at the Old Church brings one of the most talked about younger contemporary classical ensembles, Boston’s Hub New Music"
10 Cutting-Edge Artists That Have Captured the Imagination (Mid Year) - Q2 Music (Zoë Madonna)
"Just as much as HUB is committed to making vibrant music, it is committed to engaging and building a vibrant community. "
Now Hear This . . . Recommended concerts in New York City Sept. 14-20 - the Log Journal (Steve Smith)
"Hub New Music (pictured above), a skillful and promising young Boston ensemble led by the flutist Michael Avitabile, makes its Manhattan debut . . ."
Classical Picks (Winter Arts Guide 2017) - the Boston Globe (Zoë Madonna)
"Hub New Music presents the Boston premiere of its geopolitically rooted multimedia program, “Blue,” featuring music by Laura Kaminsky and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Evan Ziporyn and dance film projections from The Wilder Project. "
Hub New Music Headlines at RAG Performance Series - Catskill Mountain News
"In the second of three performances of the Essential Thursdays Performance Series, the Roxbury Arts Group presents Hub New Music, a mixed quartet performing contemporary chamber pieces . . ."
Looking Ahead to a Bounty of 2016 Concerts - the Boston Globe (David Weininger)
"This inventive ensemble, which earlier in the season gave dynamic performances of music by Andrew Norman, makes its Jordan Hall debut with an evening of works by Kati Agócs, a composer on the faculty of New England Conservatory. "
Week ahead: Music , theatre, art, and more - the Boston Globe (Jeremy Eichler)
"The new music collective, formerly known as the Boston Young Composers Ensemble, devotes an enticing full program to the work of Andrew Norman."
Classical: New music festival at Lehigh University - The Morning Call (Steve Siegel)
"[Hub]... explores the richly diverse palette of 21st century sounds with the unlikely instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin and cello."
*Under former name, Boston Young Composers Ensemble (BYCE)