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Jamaica plain, MA

Hub New Music

hub new music

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exacting,” Hub New Music is a mixed quartet crafting new experiences in 21st century sound. With a unique instrumentation of two winds and two strings, Hub explores a richly diverse palate of newly commissioned and rarely performed works for its non-standard combination. The ensemble's name is inspired by its founding city of Boston, and the notion that a Hub is center of creativity and innovation.

In recent seasons, Hub has had the privilege of working with the latest generation of innovative musical minds including Kati Agócs, Daniel Wohl, Missy Mazzoli, Robert Honstein, and Spencer Topel. Upcoming projects include Pushing Boundaries, a genre bending concert program that blurs the line between pop, indie-rock, folk, EDM, and composed chamber music. The program features works by Mason Bates, Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly and a newly arranged work by Daniel Wohl commissioned by Hub. Other projects include a multi-media collaboration with the dance-film collective The Wilder Project entitled Blue that is inspired by the music of Laura Kaminsky and Evan Ziporyn. Highlights for the 2016/17 season include performances and classes the Museum of Fine Art (Boston), University of Michigan, Toledo Museum of Art, AEPEX Contemporary, and New England Conservatory.

As curators and collaborative artists, Hub New Music has brought several large scale initiatives into fruition. These include recent portrait concerts of Andrew Norman and Kati Agócs, both of which garnered critical acclaim from the Boston Globe. For its visionary programming as both a quartet and as collaborators, Hub was named one of WQXR's Q2 Music's "10 Cutting-Edge Ensembles That Have Captured the Imagination" in 2016. 

The ensemble are also passionate educators whose approach to teaching places contemporary music within the context of a centuries old yet rapidly evolving musical tradition. Working with student performers and composers alike at residencies across the country, Hub's approach to teaching draws on musical traditions of the past and focuses them through the lens of new music. In the 2016/17 season, Hub spearheads a new “Pierrot Initiative” at the New England Conservatory co-designed by Hub and members of the composition faculty. Beyond performance and composition, Hub places strong emphasis on the importance of arts entrepreneurship as a vital component of a 21st century musical education, offering workshops focused on the art of being a self-starting musician.

Hub New Music owes thanks to its supporters including the Cricket Foundation and New England Conservatory Office of Entrepreneurial Musicianship through which the ensemble was founded. Hub New Music is fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.

“Next time [Hub New Music] offers a concert, go, listen, and be changed.” - the Boston Globe (Zoe Madonna)