Gookin is commissioning six composers to write new works for solo cello highlighting issues of sex positivity, trans rights, pleasure and pain, gender nonconformity, fashion and dignity, hysteria, BDSM, and more. Several of these pieces will push the boundaries of traditional cello writing, incorporating toys, staging effects, and even Gookin’s voice.
In addition to the final performance, the residency will include workshops with the composers to give insight into their creative process and staging workshops with former National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence Helga Davis, among other events. With the Forward Music Project 2.0, Amanda Gookin takes a major step forward in her mission to make classical music an active force for political good in the world at large.
Praised for her “delicate and fierce musical approach” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “expert technical work” (The Strad), cellist Amanda Gookin champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of the innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation, and serves on the faculty at Mannes School of Music and Purchase College, leading courses on career development and the history of women in music. She has been sought after to speak on activism through music by TEDxMidAtlantic, Houston Public Media Classical Classroom, and I Care If You Listen.
Amanda initiated the Forward Music Project in 2015, commissioning new works for solo cello by today’s most forward-thinking composers that explore the female experience and encourage social change for women and girls. During the 2018-19 season, Amanda is In-Residence at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY and will bring Forward Music workshops and performances to the Kennedy Center Direct Current Festival in Washington, D.C.; The Wallis in Los Angeles, CA; OK Electric Festival in Tulsa, OK; Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; and Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, NL.
S Katy Tucker is a video and production designer based in New York City. Katy began her career as a painter and installation artist, exhibiting her work at a variety of galleries, such as The Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC and Artist’s Space in New York City. In 2003, as her video installations became more “theatrical,” Katy shifted her focus to video and projection design for the stage.
Since 2003, Katy has worked all over the US and world including Broadway, Off-Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, The Dutch National Opera, The New York City Ballet, Carnegie Hall, The Park Avenue Armory, BAM, Kennedy Center, San Francisco Opera, and more.
Upcoming productions include: Sets and video for HANSEL UND GRETEL at the Canadian Opera Company with Joel Ivany, Sets and video for PARSIFAL at IU Opera Theater, video for Silent Voices at the Kennedy Center and New Vic with Kevin Newbury and FMP 2.0: in your skin with cellist Amanda Gookin at National Sawdust, The Kennedy Center, and the Wallis.
Recent productions include: THE RING CYCLE with Francesca Zambello at San Francisco Opera, INDIGO BALL 2018 at the Park Avenue Armory, THE FLYING DUTCHMAN and FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS at Houston Grand Opera, IRON and COAL with Kevin Newbury and RIGOLETTO at Wolf Trap Opera.
For more information on Katy’s commercial endeavors please visit artifice.nyc