Curtis Stewart & Jannina Norpoth, violins
Nick Revel, viola Amanda Gookin, cello
The New Yorker declared the PUBLIQuartet “independent-minded,” and this engaging ensemble’s creative, interactive programming brings a fresh perspective to the classical music scene, leading Concert Artists Guild to name PUBLIQuartet as the 2013 CAG New Music/New Places Ensemble. PUBLIQuartet draws on jazz, world, and electro-acoustic influences, pairing music from the classical repertoire with contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet.
Upcoming highlights for the 2014-15 season include the Quartet’s April 2015 debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and a collaborative performance with composer and pianist Greg Kallor at New York City’s popular new venue, SubCulture, as well as a showcase opportunity at the annual South Arts (Performing Arts Exchange) Conference in Atlanta. The season started with summer 2014 performances for the Nantucket Musical Arts Society and a residency at the Shouse Institute of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, including a performance at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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 the Queens College New Music Collective, an annual concert that features world premieres. The ensemble will also be collaborating with the New York based hip-hop poetry trio, The Mighty Third Rail (MTR) during the 2015-16 season on a program entitled Changing Night, which is a contemporary take on the Garden of Eden biblical tale using György Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”) as its main musical backdrop.
PUBLIQuartet performs in a diverse range of venues—from Lincoln Center and 92Y Tribeca to Rockwood Music Hall and Cornelia Street Café. The group was most recently featured in an interview alongside legendary jazz tubist Bob Stewart for NPR's All Things Considered, regarding their tuba quintet recording and concert at Jazz@Lincoln Center. This same recording was given 4.5 stars and garnered great praise in DownBeat Magazine’s September 2014 issue. Other 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.
Formed in spring 2010 as graduates of Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music, PUBLIQuartet aims to present the contemporary voices of New York City with a focus on newly composed works by New York City’s emerging as well as established composers. PUBLIQuartet has collaborated with members of ICE, composer/violist Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, bandoneonist JP Jofre, jazz tubist 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.