Beginning this week, BMP youth musicians in our advanced elementary school and middle school programs will work together via Zoom to compose an original work for Hub New Music. This project, sponsored in part by The Celebrity Series of Boston, will provide students with the opportunity to have a hands-on and in-depth experience into how a piece of music is composed from start to finish. Below is a photo from their first planning session!
This 'HUB Lab' residency will span five weeks, culminating with a world-premiere performance of our student's composition by HUB New Music during our December Showcase! HUB New Music’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston’s reputation as a 'hub' of innovation.
Read more about Hub New Music below and check out two of their recent composition projects.
Called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe, Hub New Music — composed of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello — is forging new pathways 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. In recent seasons, HNM’s performances have been described as “gobsmacking” (Cleveland Classical), “innovative” (WBUR), and “the cutting edge of new classical music” (Taos News).
Hub New Music is a group of passionate educators whose approach to teaching melds the artistic and entrepreneurial facets of modern musicianship. Working with student performers and composers at residencies across the country, HNM empowers younger generations of musicians through workshops on building an arts organization, commissioning new work, and developing meaningful collaborations. Residency activities have brought Hub New Music to the New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Princeton, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Texas-Austin, and several others. In 2020/21 the ensemble introduces HubLab, a K-12 residency program that creates original compositions with students of all levels.
Highlights for the 2020/21 concert season include performances presented by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Williams Center for the Arts, Texas Performing Arts, Celebrity Series of Boston, Sacramento State Festival of New American Music, and its European debut at the Alba Music Festival (Italy). The ensemble will premiere new works by Christopher Cerrone, Eric Nathan, and Carlos Simon, and tours recent commissions by Hannah Lash, Kati Agócs, Takuma Itoh, and Michael Ippolito.
Also in 2020/21, Hub New Music releases its debut album, Soul House, on New Amsterdam Records. On the horizon is the ensemble’s sophomore album with Silkroad’s Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) and the Asia-America New Music Institute (AANMI), to be released on Tōrō Records. Recent projects also include The Nature of Breaking, a 30-minute collaborative work with composer/harpist Hannah Lash; Requiem for the Enslaved, an evening length work by Carlos Simon that honors the lives of 272 African American slaves and their descendants, commissioned by Georgetown University; and a choreographed production of Robert Honstein’s Soul House with Boston’s Urbanity Dance.
Explore two recent projects from Hub New Music:
"Secret Place" from Soul House by Robert Honstein: