Forward Music Project

Forward Music Project

The Forward Music Project is piece driven by social justice for girls and women. Seven composers were commission to write pieces for solo cello based on their personal story or an issue they wanted to bring to light. The stylistically contrasting compositions represent the vast definition of the female experience; ranging from issues of the LGBTQ+ community to reproductive rights to sexual violence and empowerment.

A visceral experience, the composers require the cellist, Amanda Gookin, to embody the spirit of their message physically, mentally, and emotionally. The performance includes singing, chanting, fighting and breathe life into these works. Forward Music Project premiered in the Spring Revolution Festival at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY on March 1, 2017.


Amanda Gookin


Angélica Negrón, Nathalie Joachim, Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Amanda Feery, Morgan Krauss


Katy Tucker, projection art; Bruce Steinberg, lighting


Cellist, Amanda Gookin, is a chamber musician, soloist, and educator living in New York City. She is the co-founder of innovative string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation. She has given master classes throughout the U.S. and is a Teaching Artist in New York City public schools. Amanda has been sought after as a speaker on career development by the prestigious Mannes School for Music and Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Her initiative, The Forward Music Project, commissioned seven new works for solo cello, to be premiered in the Fall 2016. For more information, please visit