"Consistently self-possessed, and alternately delicate and fierce in her musical approach, Gookin displayed impressive reserves of emotional and technical energy." – San Francisco Classical Voice


Thursday, May 30, 2019 

Forward Music Project 1.0 confronts the audience with a visceral experience of music, light, and stories that explore a range of issues facing women today, from the LGBTQ+ to reproductive rights, sexual violence and empowerment. These works are performed through the lens of solo cello, electronics, projection art by S Katy Tucker, and audio interludes from the composers. In performance, Amanda sings, chants, fights, gasps, and breathes life into these new works.

PLUS: Stay for a post-show talk-back with the artists, moderated by Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen. 


Friday, May 31, 2019 

In the face of division, hashtags, and soundbites, Forward Music Project 2.0: in this skin commissions five new multimedia works for solo cello and provides space and time for audiences to listen deeply to, interact with, and contemplate the visceral joys and struggles of women.



Brooklyn’s National Sawdust is one of the most innovative venues in the country, a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious fans and casual listeners alike. The Wallis is thrilled to partner with National Sawdust, led by the visionary co-founder, Artistic Director and Composer Paola Prestini, for two boundary-breaking concerts in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater this season.
“Paola Prestini is a composer and impresario whose interdisciplinary vision is helping to shape the future of new music.” – Broadway World