Leila Adu Trio with PUBLIQuartet presents an evening of transformative sounds. Music performed by international composer Leila Adu with her long-time bass collaborator Jon Toscano, percussionist Dylan Greene, and one of New York’s premiere string quartets PUBLIQuartet.
Ethereal and edgy, Adu creates captivating sonic constellations. At times romantic, at times an ode to humanity, lyrics tackle harsh political realities of police brutality and gender violence. WNYC’s John Schaefer says, “A New Zealand composer of Ghanaian descent, Adu is combining art music with pop…with a velvety, soulful voice.” Adu has released five acclaimed albums, composed for Bang on a Can and Brentano Quartet, and given visionary performances on the BBC, Ojai Music Festival, and WXQR. Adu holds a Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University, writing for chamber ensembles, orchestras, and the space where electropop, jazz, avant-classical, improv, and singer-songwriter meet.
Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by The New Yorker as “independent-minded,” the GRAMMY-nominated PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretation of chamber music makes them one of the most dynamic artists of their generation. Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet rose on the music scene as winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places award, and in 2019 garnered Chamber Music America’s prestigious Visionary Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. PQ’s genre-bending programs range from 20th-century masterworks to newly commissioned pieces, alongside re-imaginations of classical works featuring open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet. PUBLIQuartet has served as artist-in-residence at top institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Sawdust and has appeared at a wide variety of venues and festivals, from Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Their latest album, Freedom and Faith, debuted atop the Billboard Classical Charts in May 2019. The 2019–2020 season brings a diverse array of programs to venues across the United States, including a special collaborative project with jazz violinist Diane Monroe.
Dylan “HUNTERCHEE” Greene is an Asian American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who collaborates deeply with dance and visual medias. In 2019 his work focused on Ming Dynasty navel exploration and Chinese immigration to America and was commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. He is currently making work that explores perception and narrative through the experiences of mild traumatic brain injury and lenses of Eastern philosophy. His works have been heard in Italy, Germany, and across the United States, most notably at Alvin Ailey, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, MoCAD, and the Mark Morris Dance Center.
Jonathan Toscano is an emerging bass player enjoying collaborations with world class talent on the international stage. New York-born Toscano’s dynamic style on upright and electric bass has brought him major performing credits with celebrated artists. Toscano’s collaborators include Gregoire Maret, Billy Kilson, Kader Japonais, Adam Falcon, Richie Morales, Minu Cinelu, Pheeroan Acklaff, and The Cotton Club All-Stars. Toscano has performed at the Blue Note in Beijing; Winter Jazz Fest in New York City; The X Jazz Fest in Berlin, Germany; the Dobos Festival in Cegled, Hungary; Long Beach Jazz Festival, and the Zadymka Jazz Festival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. Currently working with drum master Omar Hakim and virtuoso pianist Rachel Z, Toscano’s harmonic range and percussive feel have made him a sought-after man on the bandstand in his early career.
Photo: Rodrigo Vazquez
This performance is a Roulette commission and is possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation. The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of young composers, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development and continues to help us fulfill our mission by presenting ambitious work by promising artists.