Unfinished Side is thrilled to announce the addition of the Forward Music Project (FMP) to its management roster. We have done publicity work with founder/performer Amanda Gookin and her ambitious project since version 1.0 in 2017. Since the beginning, Amanda’s drive, clear vision, and resourcefulness (not to mention inspired performance on the cello), has been a joy witness. We look forward to sharing this project with more people everywhere.
FMP commissions today’s most forward-thinking composers to write multimedia works for solo cello that address social change and elevate stories of feminine empowerment. Since 2016, FMP has now commissioned 18 new works. The first seven commissions for FMP 1.0 premiered during the Spring Revolution Festival at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY in March 2017. During the 2018-19 season, Amanda was an Artist-In-Residence at National Sawdust and premiered five new works for FMP 2.0: in this skin. FMP composers represent distinct international cultures and issues, hailing from countries including Iran, India, Ireland, Haiti, Ghana, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Korea, and the United States. FMP has been presented by such institutions as The Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT and Georgetown University in Washington, DC; The Wallis in Los Angeles; OK Electric Festival in Tulsa; and de Doelen in Rotterdam, NL.