Pushing Boundaries is a genre bending concert experience that explores idioms of pop, indie, EDM, and folk music through the lens of composed concert works. It brings audiences inside a world of repertoire that knows no bounds and challenges the notion of a standard chamber music performance.
Beginning the program is Judd Greenstein's At the end of a really great day, a beat driven yet reflective elegy for a lost friend that comments on "how it becomes possible to live with the unavoidable tragedies that life presents." Using heavily syncopated motives borrowed from popular music, the piece concludes with an epic coda marked "funky with attitude." Following the Greenstein is a newly commissioned arrangement from Daniel Wohl, a composer who seamlessly merges electric and acoustic sound worlds. Originally for saxophone quartet, Microfluctuations in Plainchant uses electronic samples of the ensemble to evoke a " futuristic form of plainchant."
Inserted between the Wohl and the final piece is Nico Muhly's brief work I Know Where Everything Is. The piece showcases Muhly's unique voice that incorporates both driving rhythm and sweeping lyricism in a series of chordal variations. Concluding the program is Mason Bates’ lighthearted collection of miniatures The Life of Birds. Unfolding as six short yet dense movements, Bates creates complex orchestral-like textures while pulling from a huge number of musical influences. One especially hears the influence of swing in the fourth movement "On a Wire Mating Dance."
Each composer on the program has a genre-defying language, pulling from innumerable musical traditions within and outside of western art music. Through this program listeners are transported to a world of truly uninhibited 21st century sound.
Works on Pushing Boundaries
Judd Greenstein, At the End of a Really Great Day
Daniel Wohl, Microfluctuations in Plainchant
Nico Muhly, I Know Where Everything Is
Mason Bates, The Life of Birds
Hub New Music’s multimedia program Blue contrasts transcendent states of meditation with the geopolitical issues of our reality through collaboration between music and film. It is inspired by Evan Ziporyn's other-worldly quartet Thread and Laura Kaminsky’s environmentally charged work The Full Range of Blue. Of the piece, Kaminsky writes its inspiration comes from“9/11 and its aftermath; also references the manifestation of blue in nature.” Paired with the Full Range of Blue is a newly commissioned film by the Wilder Project, a groundbreaking New York based dance-film collective whose work captures raw humanity through movement and lens. The collective has won recent critical acclaim at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival.
Occupying the first half of program is Thread by Evan Ziporyn, an artist who explores eastern and western musical traditions as both a composer and performer. Written in 2005, Thread places the listener into a euphoric trance who is then thrust back into reality by Kaminsky. Through Ziporyn's hypnosis, Kaminsky's musical activism, and the Wilder Project's visceral depiction of humanity, Blue creates a multidimensional experience exploring an enormous range of human expression.
Works on Blue
Evan Ziporyn, Thread
Laura Kaminsky, The Full Range of Blue
Robert Honstein, Juno
Kati Agocs, Immutable Dreams
Spencer Topel, Details on the Strasbourg Rosace (with video accompaniment)
Hub is dedicated to bringing a new generation of music to life and frequently workshops the works of student composers . During our workshop sessions Hub will read pieces from each student and offer feedback on their work. Concluding the performances, Hub will then open up a Q & A on composer-performer collaborations, the commissioning process, and answer any questions from the students.
Each member of Hub is a seasoned chamber musician, working in a variety of contexts and genres. Hub brings our spirit of diversity and collaboration in both public chamber music masterclasses as well as private coachings for student ensembles of all ages and levels.
the 21st century musician
Hub's performers enjoy diverse backgrounds as performers, composers, curators, and entrepreneurs. Our lecture on 21st century musicianship gives students a look at running an arts organization touching upon the basics of marketing, development, management, outreach, and artistic planning. Through this lecture, we hope students are inspired to take the reigns on their musical careers and learn the rudiments of becoming a self-starting musician.