Her initiative, Forward Music Project, commissions new multimedia works for solo cello that elevate stories of feminine empowerment. Her newly released album, Forward Music Project 1.0, was celebrated by the NY Times as “communal joy embedded in a music of cooperation.” She was the founder and decade-long cellist of the contemporary improvising string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, with whom the socially conscious album Freedom and Faith was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2019.
Composer Leila Adu is an astonishing force in the space where electropop, avant-classical, and singer-songwriter meet. Exploring her roots in New Zealand, Britain, and Ghana, Adu is an international artist who has performed at festivals and venues across the world. She has composed for Bang on a Can, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Brentano String Quartet, So Percussion, Gamelan Padhang Moncar, Orchestra Wellington, as well as performing and having compositions performed at Ojai Music Festival, and acted as a co-composer on the 2020 opera Magdalene.
Since embarking on her composition career only six years ago, Jessica Meyer (Bronx, NY) has had works premiered by acclaimed vocal ensembles Roomful of Teeth and Vox Clamantis, the American Brass Quintet, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project, Sybarite 5, PUBLIQuartet, and NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street. Her orchestral works have been performed by the North Carolina Symphony, the Nu Deco Ensemble in Miami, Vermont Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and the Studio Orchestra at Peabody Conservatory.