PUBLIQuartet Announces Nat'l Sawdust Residency & PUBLIQ Access Composers

PUBLIQuartet Announces Nat'l Sawdust Residency & PUBLIQ Access ComposersPUBLIQuartet has named the recipients of the 2018-19 PUBLIQ Access award (PQA), three composers with whom they will collaborate for the 2018-19 season, Vahid Jahandari, Gemma Peacocke and Niloufar Nourbakhsh. They will each receive a commission to write for PUBLIQuartet and get the chance to engage in high profile talks, panels and concerts featuring their compositions, performed by PUBLIQuartet. Additionally, The Violin Channel will share the composers' works in their New Music Tuesday feature and conduct an interview with each of them.

2018 marks the commencement of PUBLIQ Access Junior, which serves as an avenue of exposure for composers age 17 and under. This year's award recipient is Avik Sarkar. This PQA Junior award will allow him the opportunity to compose a 5-minute commission for PUBLIQuartet that will debut along with the other PQA composers on April 26th. Additionally, The Violin Channel will feature Sarkar's work in New Music Tuesday and conduct an interview with him.

PUBLIQuartet residency at National Sawdust

National Sawdust recently announced that PUBLIQuartet will be their 2018-19 Artists-In-Residence. All workshops with PQA & PQA Junior composers will be held at National Sawdust as well as performances of all four works on April 26th. Other residency performances by the Quartet are November 7th, 2018 and February 10th, 2019.

About the Composers

Vahid Jahandari is an Iranian composer of acoustic and electronic music who draws his inspiration from social political structure and interactive technology. His works, which include compositions for electronic media and mixed chamber ensembles, have been performed and recorded in the United States, Europe and the Middle East

Gemma Peacocke is a New Zealand native who composes instrumental and vocal music in addition to electronic music. Her previous works have focused on topics such as Afghan folk poems and Eliza Griswold's I Am the Beggar of the World.

Niloufar Nourbakhsh is an Iranian composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by groups such as Calidore String Quartet and Cassatt String Quartet, among others. Nilou is a pronounced advocate of music education and is currently a Teaching Artist Associate, instructing students at NY Philharmonic Young Composers Program in composition.

Avik Sarkar is a seventeen-year-old pianist, cellist and composer. He has composed works for many types of ensembles, including chamber orchestra and piano trio, many of which have earned him distinguished awards.

Indiegogo Campaign

In an effort to raise funds for their forthcoming second release, Freedom and Faith, which features works by female and underrepresented composers with themes centered around spirituality, resilience and inspiration, PUBLIQuartet has started a grassroots fundraising campaign. The album features work by Jessica Meyer, Shelley Washington, Hildegard von Bingen, Nina Simone and more. To support this album head to their page on Indiegogo.

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