CHAMBERQUEER 2023: WE REFRACT
FRIDAY, Jun 9, 2023 | 8:00 PM
Littlefield | 635 Sackett St. | Brooklyn
SATURDAY, JUN 10, 2023 | 8:00 PM
Red Eye NY | 355 W 41st St. | MANHATTAN
SUNDAY, JUN 11, 2023 | 3:00 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at snug harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building C | STATEN ISLAND
5BMF’s 2022-2023 closes this June with a special co-presentation with acclaimed musical collective CHAMBERQUEER! Join us as the musicians of ChamberQueer present a three-borough tour of the group’s celebrated annual Pride Month musical offerings, including the World Premiere of a new concert-length work by seven composers.
The groundbreaking ensemble, concert producer, and advocacy group ChamberQUEER performs a quilted collection of newly composed works written by the members of the ensemble for flute, violin, cello, guitar, harp, mrudangam, percussion, and voice. Pieces written by a dream team of composers, improvisers, and performers including JULES BIBER, AVIVA JAYE, ALEXIS C. LAMB, BRIAN MUMMERT, RAJNA SWAMINATHAN, DARIAN DONOVAN THOMAS, and YOSHI WEINBERG are linked in concert by improvisations to create a continuous and unified concert-length world premiere.
ChamberQUEER 2023: We Refract meditates on questions that strike at the heart of the ensemble’s commitment to building queer communities: How does navigating a life outside of heteronormativity impact one’s relationships? How does it shape understanding of one’s own identity? And how can music express and communicate these experiences? To respond to these questions, these seven artists have crafted a musical experience blossoming from queer collectivity. This celebration of Pride Month gives new voice to queer musical icons past and present, honors the power of music created in the room, and provides space for the audience to help weave a sonic tapestry of queer community.
$25 General Admission
Fri 6.9.23 | Littlefield Brooklyn
Tickets available via Littlefield
SAT 6.10.23 | RED EYE NY
Tickets available via Red Eye NY
Sun 6.11.23 | Newhouse center for contemporary art at snug harbor
YOSHI WEINBERG: I See a Rainbow
AVIVA JAYE: Complect
ALEXIS C. LAMB: Hindsight
BRIAN MUMMERT: Temperamental
ALEXIS C. LAMB: Clacking Music
FRANZ SCHUBERT: Nacht und Träume
DARIAN DONOVAN THOMAS: I Think I Need to Focus
RAJNA SWAMINATHAN: fleet/hold
RAJNA SWAMINATHAN: Eventual
JULES BIBER: Undercurrents
ChamberQUEER highlights LGBTQ+ voices in contemporary and historical music and reimagines the classical concert experience as a radically inclusive gathering space and musical community for the 21st century. We interrogate and experiment with, or “queer,” European art music’s presumed necessities and existing norms: by crafting new narratives from the canon, democratizing performance etiquette and dress, and shattering the performer-audience binary, we create a fresh and inviting environment for a new generation of music lovers.
Founded in 2018 by a quartet of performers, conductors, and creators – Jules Biber (cello), Danielle Buonaiuto (soprano), Brian Mummert (baritone), and Andrew Yee (cello) – ChamberQUEER is anchored by its annual Pride festival, traditionally staged in Brooklyn. Each June, we highlight LGBTQ+ artists both past and present, and create spaces for building queer community. The festival has been commended by The New Yorker and listed by The New York Times as a 2022 “Best of Pride” event. During COVID lockdown in 2020, we hosted ChamberQUEERantine, a free-to-access, sixteen-day online event that provided a platform for original work from over 50 queer musicians.
ChamberQUEER regularly hosts concerts and community events, from reading parties to networking opportunities, throughout the year. During COVID, we focused on online and outdoor events, holding space for the community throughout the pandemic with Zoom happy hours, Instagram Live interviews with queer composers, educational webinars, and Zoom concerts in partnership with LGBTQ+ service organizations. Under the ChamberQUEER Presents… banner, we co-produce events that amplify the work of queer artists.
ChamberQUEER functions as a community promoter, helping to contract and support queer musicians nationwide, and as an advocacy group, engaging in residencies at educational institutions and building a free, online resource library for like-minded presenting institutions and performing ensembles. We have worked with Luna Lab, a composition program for young composers of marginalized genders; collaborated with the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s Orchestrating Change programs; and presented at the national conference of Chamber Music America. ChamberQUEER concerts have been presented by National Sawdust; WQXR at the Greene Space; Death of Classical at Green-Wood Cemetery; Brooklyn Pride; Boulanger Initiative; and premiere New York brass quartet The Westerlies. Our founders and members have represented the organization as ambassadors at chamber music festivals, podcasts, public radio broadcasts, and residencies across the country.