Little Island presents NYC FREE
4 weeks. 460 artists. 160 performances.
Music, Dance, Poetry, Comedy, and more!
August 11 – September 5, 2021




Curtis Stewart - violin
Jannina Norpoth - violin
Nick Revel - viola
Hamilton Berry - cello

Voodoo Dolls
Jessie Montgomery - composer

Shelly Washington - composer

At the Purchaser’s Option
Rhiannon Giddens/PUBLIQuartet - composer
PUBLIQuartet - arranger
World Premiere

MIND | THE | GAP Wild Women Don’t get the Blues
Improvisations on Ida Cox, Betty Davies, Tina Turner and Alice Coltrane
NY Premiere

Get into the Now
Jessica Meyer - composer

NYC’s own PUBLIQuartet has sparked imaginations far and wide with its powerful ability to shatter the possibilities of a string ensemble. With masterful programs that draw out musical connections across time, genres, and themes, the quartet captivates with its searing interpretations and improvisations. For the Little Island Festival, the group pays homage to iconic American women, from Tina Turner and Betty Davis to contemporary classical composers Jessie Montgomery and Jessica Meyer. Prepare to be astounded by the rhythmic jams and dazzling lyricism of Montgomery’s West Africa–influenced Voodoo Dolls, while Meyer’s Get Into the Now ingeniously blends funk, tango, and bluegrass inspirations. Meyer composed her piece for PUBLIQuartet “from a place of self-realization, empowerment, and celebration of not having to accept what is deemed unacceptable—anymore.” It’s the same spirit that underlies the ensemble’s original work and performances.

Performance runs 45 minutes.

Curated by Adam Tendler: Internationally recognized interpreter of living, modern and classical composers, Adam Tendler presents an astonishing array of multidimensional projects, from classical to experimental to pop, that delight and challenge the music aficionado and novice alike. Extending his breadth as a performer and composer into the curatorial sphere, Tendler offers the opportunity to hear the acclaimed PUBLIQuartet, NYC children performing John Cage, a live DJ set by Eli Escobar, piano works by Philip Glass, a new composition by Devonté Hynes, and a landmark work of musical activism by Julius Eastman.

“I am eternally interested in how I can add to a conversation, playing existing work in new ways, and introducing people to some of my all time favorite music. It’s fun to share these passions with audiences and I’m interested in what people take with them and remember after they leave the park.” — Adam Tendler

NYC FREE projects curated by Adam Tendler:

John Cage’s 4’ 33”
Wednesday, August 11th at 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 12:30PM, and 1PM in The Glade

String Orchestra of Brooklyn with Adam Tendler: JULIUS EASTMAN & DEVONTÉ HYNES
Friday, August 13 at 7:30 PM in The Amph, Get Tickets!

Jenny Lin & Adam Tendler: Philip Glass Mixtape
Friday, August 13 at 9:15 PM in The Amph, Get Tickets!

DJ Eli Escobar
August 11 at 9:00 PM in The Play Ground

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