This spring brought five different premieres in Philly, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Colorado.
The first was the premiere of “Swerve”, which is a solo cello & loop pedal piece written for Amanda Gookin’s thrilling and timely “Forward Music Project” back on March 1st at National Sawdust.
Here is a snazzy promo video featuring a bit of “Swerve”:
The Forward Music Project is driven by social justice for women. We musicians, now more than ever, have an incredible ability to effect change in our communities. Amanda commissioned seven composers to write works based on their personal story or a particular issue that affects women and girls. The compositions are stylistically contrasting and represent the vast definition of what it means to be a woman, ranging from issues of the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive rights to sexual violence and empowerment. This visceral performance requires that Amanda sings, chants, breathes, and fights through these works.