Freedom and Faith


Freedom and Faith:

The album features original music composed by:

JESSICA MEYER: Get into the Now  (2017)
1.) The Pull
2.) Years of In Me
3.) Go Big or Go Home

MIND | THE | GAP: Sancta Femina *
4.) HILDEGARD VON BINGEN: O ignee Spiritus
5.) FRANCESCA CACCINI: Regina caeli laetare Alleluia
6.) CHIARA MARGARITA COZZOLANI: O quam suavis est Domine spiritus tuus

MIND | THE | GAP: Ella! & Nina! *
7.) VAN ALEXANDER: A Tisket a Tasket
10.) NINA SIMONE/WELDON IRVINE: Young Gifted and Black
11.) NINA SIMONE: Mississippi Goddam
*Arr. Gookin, Norpoth, Revel, Stewart 2017-2018

12.) SHELLEY WASHINGTON: Middleground (2015)

About the album:

Each of the composers on this album claims their seat at the table of history with distinction, virtuosity, and a very necessary subversive power. Expressing a unique and personal relationship to Faith, their music touches on the resilience many marginalized composers must maintain, tapping into Faith in the face of oppression, and sometimes using Faith rhetorically to be accepted by the status quo. Despite variations on themes of oppression repeated throughout the eras, these composers' power, sound, and expression continue to resonate in many shapes and forms: Despite history, their spirits continue to inspire and ring on.

The PUBLIQuartet is:
Curtis Stewart & Jannina Norpoth, violins
Nick Revel, viola
Amanda Gookin, cello

Album design & cover - Robynne Raye
Producer: PUBLIQuartet & Louis Levitt
Engineered, Edited, Mixed, & Mastered by Ryan Streber
Recorded at Oktaven Studios, NY, August 2018
Photo credit: Ryan Scherb

About PUBLIQuartet

Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by The New Yorker as “independent-minded,” PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene.  Dedicated to presenting new and innovative works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Competition, and then garnered Chamber Music America’s 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award and Chamber Music America's 2019 Visionary Award for outstanding and innovative approaches and programming in contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music.  PQ’s genre-bending programs span the classical canon and also feature open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet.

PUBLIQuartet spent their 2016-17 season as MetLiveArts Ensemble-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other highlights include PQ’s Lincoln Center debut on the Great Performers series, a sold-out Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall, along with a wide variety of venues/festivals including BAM Café, Le Poisson Rouge and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in NYC, Detroit Jazz Festival. and a special appearance with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Billy Childs at the Newport Jazz Festival.  In 2016, PUBLIQuartet improvised a 90-minute “soundtrack” to the final Presidential Debate, streamed live on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Facebook page, which now has over one million views.

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