Unheard-of Project

    Contemporary music. Living composers. Live performers.


    Ford Fourqurean (clarinet), Matheus Souza (violin), So Sugiyama (cello), and Daniel Anastasio (piano) form the core of Unheard-of//Ensemble, a contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to the development and performance of new music by living composers.

    Unheard-of’s 2017-2018 season will focus on Unheard-of//Dialogues, exploring the connections of modern artistic voices musically, personally, and historically. The season will examine the modern voice of Messiaen quartet instrumentation with works by Meg Schedel, Erin Rogers, Reiko Fueting, Nathan Hudson, Michael Lanci, Kevin Laskey, Nickitas Demos, and Stephen Cabell. Other highlights include a workshop with the Manhattan School of Music Composition Studio, Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative Residency with composer Nathan Hudson, performances as guest artists with GA’s SoundNOW Festival, and a tour of the midwest including a guest residency at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

    Unheard-of//Ensemble collaborates with composers at the forefront of modern music to create projects that connect with new, diverse audiences. Based in New York City, the group is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community and implements this mission through touring, outreach, and a social media presence to connect with both audiences and young artists throughout the country, focusing specifically on bringing new music to locations generally out of reach for most new music organizations.

    As both performers and educators, the ensemble mentors and works with students, not only focusing on performance, but also the role of entrepreneurship as a professional musician in the 21st century. Unheard-of has presented guest talks across the United States as well as part of a Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning event speaking with students from the Sibelius Academy.

    Past seasons included over fifteen premieres as well as teaching and performing at universities and colleges across the east coast including Columbus State University, Chattanooga State Community College, Covenant College, and The Mammal Gallery(Atl) with special guests Chamber Cartel. Other performances at the University of Alabama- Birmingham, Marywood University, University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Tarleton State University, and Troy University as well as radio features on 89.3 Montreal, 90.1 WUSB, and Clarinet Corner.

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