The work of Kati Agócs is the centerpiece of Hub New Music’s program Rhapsody and Idiosyncrasy, a program that immerses listeners in a sound world of striking visceral lyricism across contrasting aesthetics and sonic possibilities. Agócs’ new work is particularly special as it is a celebration of years of collaboration beginning in Hub’s formative years while students at the New England Conservatory. Additional works on the program by Judd Greenstein, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Matthew Aucoin offer unique stylistic juxtapositions that both compliment and contrast in such a way that highlight the lyrical diversity of music written today.
at the end of a really great day (2008)
New Work for Hub New Music (2018)
New Work for Hub New Music (2019)
Hub New Music is a mixed quartet of “intrepids” (WQXR, New York) exploring a richly diverse palette of 21st century sounds. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, Hub has been praised for "handling tricky ensemble passages with ease" (New Music USA) in performances that are “elegant and exacting” (the Boston Globe) and inspire a “refreshing sense of pure joy” (New Classic LA).
Hub New Music’s repertoire reflects the genre-defying fluidity of music today, and includes the works of Mason Bates, Evan Ziporyn, Anna Clyne, Kati Agócs, Daniel Wohl, Nico Muhly, Robert Honstein, Laura Kaminsky, and Kirsten Volness. Projects for the 2017/18 season include a collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble’s Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) & the Asia/America New Music Initiative, Soul House - a new program exploring concepts of memory and reflection with a new work by Robert Honstein, a chamber-pop song cycle with composer/harpist Audrey Harrer, and a new quartet by Rome-prize winning composer Andrew Rindfleisch. 2017/18 season highlights include performances and residencies at the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (NYC), Versipel Guest Artist Series (New Orleans), Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), Tribeca New Music Festival, and University of Michigan..
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 collaborative artists, 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 trains future generations of contemporary artists and places strong emphasis on arts entrepreneurship as a vital component of a musical education. Hub has held and looks toward residencies at the New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Northeastern University, Mississippi College, Lehigh University, Cleveland State University, Texas State at San Marcos, Clark University, Souteastern LA State, University of Rhode Island, and University of California at Riverside.