Called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe, Hub New Music is a “nimble quartet of winds and strings” (NPR) forging new paths in 21st-century repertoire. The ensemble’s ambitious commissioning projects and “appealing programs” (New Yorker) celebrate the rich diversity of today’s classical music landscape.
Founded in 2013, Hub New Music has grown into a formidable touring ensemble driven by an unwavering dedication to building community through new art. Across its career, Hub has commissioned dozens of new works and continues to usher in a fresh and culturally relevant body of work for its distinct combination of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello. Hub is proud to collaborate with today’s most celebrated emerging and established composers, and is equally proud to count many of them as friends.
Highlights in 2022-23 include concerts throughout the U.S. with presenters such as Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Soka Performing Art Center, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Brigham Young University. The group also has upcoming residencies at the University of Michigan, University of Southern California, and Brown University.
Beginning in spring 2023, Hub celebrates its tenth anniversary with its largest commission project to date featuring new works from Andrew Norman, Tyshawn Sorey, Angélica Negrón, Marcos Balter, Donnacha Dennehy, Nico Muhly, and Jessica Meyer. As part of the project, the ensemble launches a fellowship in collaboration with the Luna Lab, awarded to recent alumna Sage Shurman. Other upcoming commission projects include a new concerto, The Bird While, for Hub and Symphonic Winds by Gala Flagello with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, and new quartets by James Diaz and Daniel Thomas Davis.
Hub is also thrilled to give the world premiere of Carlos Simon’s Requiem for the Enslaved at Boston’s historic Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in October 2022. The work was recently released on Decca Classics, in celebration of Juneteenth. The album-length work honors the lives of 272 slaves sold by Georgetown in 1838, and also features trumpeter MK Zulu and spoken word artist Marco Pavé. Hub’s debut album, Soul House, released on New Amsterdam Records, was called “ingenious and unequivocally gorgeous” by the Boston Globe. The group looks forward to upcoming recording projects with Silkroad’s Kojiro Umezaki and the Asia America New Music Institute (AANMI).
Hub New Music is a group of passionate educators whose approach to teaching melds the artistic and entrepreneurial facets of modern musicianship. The ensemble was recently in residence with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship program, working with 10 outstanding high school aged composers. Other residency activities include those at New England Conservatory, Princeton, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Texas-Austin, UC Irvine, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2020, Hub launched its K-12 program HubLab, using storytelling and improvisation to create original pieces with students of any musical level.
Hub New Music is Michael Avitabile (flutes), Gleb Kanasevich (clarinets), Meg Rohrer (violin/viola), and Jesse Christeson (cello). The ensemble’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston’s reputation as a hub of innovation. Hub New Music is exclusively represented by Unfinished Side.
More info: https://hubnewmusic.org/