Hub New Music





Hub New Music

Pushing Boundaries, in partnership with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Michael Avitable, flute
  • David Dziardziel, clarinet
  • Orin Laursen, violin
  • Allison Drenkow, cello

Event Details

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exacting,” Hub New Music is a mixed quartet crafting new experiences in 21st century sound. With a unique instrumentation of two winds and two strings, Hub explores a richly diverse palate of newly commissioned and rarely performed works for its non-standard combination. The ensemble's name is inspired by its founding city of Boston, and the notion that a Hub is center of creativity and innovation.

In recent seasons, Hub has had the privilege of working with the latest generation of innovative musical minds including Kati Agócs, Daniel Wohl, Missy Mazzoli, Robert Honstein, and Spencer Topel. Upcoming projects include Pushing Boundaries, a genre bending concert program that blurs the line between pop, indie-rock, folk, EDM, and composed chamber music. The program features works by Mason Bates, Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly and a newly arranged work by Daniel Wohl commissioned by Hub. Other projects include a multi-media collaboration with the dance-film collective The Wilder Project entitled Blue that is inspired by the music of Laura Kaminsky and Evan Ziporyn. Highlights for the 2016/17 season include performances and classes the Museum of Fine Art (Boston), University of Michigan, Toledo Museum of Art, AEPEX Contemporary, and New England Conservatory. Read more.

As curators and collaborative artists, Hub New Music has brought several large scale initiatives into fruition including recent portrait concerts of Andrew Norman and Kati Agócs, both of which garnered critical acclaim from the Boston Globe. Seeking to deepen audience relationships with contemporary art music, the ensemble also launched Composium in 2014/15, a performance project that showcased the life cycle of a new piece through conversation between composer, performer, and listener.

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's approach to teaching draws on musical traditions of the past and focuses them through the lens of new music. In the 2016/17 season, Hub spearheads a new “Pierrot Initiative” at the New England Conservatory co-designed by Hub and members of the composition faculty. Beyond performance and composition, Hub places strong emphasis on the importance of arts entrepreneurship as a vital component of a 21st century musical education, offering workshops focused on the art of being a self-starting musician.

Hub New Music owes thanks to its supporters including the Cricket Foundation and New England Conservatory Office of Entrepreneurial Musicianship through which the ensemble was founded. Hub New Music is fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.

“Next time [Hub New Music] offers a concert, go, listen, and be changed.” - The Boston Globe (Zoe Madonna) See less.

This performance is made possible in partnership with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance. 


Led by the unique programming vision of Music Director Kevin Fitzgerald and Artistic Director Garrett Schumann, ÆPEX, in its inaugural season, has already established itself as a powerful presence in the cultural community of Southeast Michigan.

Visit, or follow ÆPEX on Twitter @aepexcp, to learn more about ÆPEX Contemporary Performance's debut season and plans for the future.


Judd Greenstein, at the end of a really great day
Nico Muhly, I know where everything is
Kirsten Volness, New Work for Hub New Music
Daniel Wohl, Microfluctuations in Plainchant
Mason Bates, The Life of Birds

Pushing Boundaries is a genre bending concert experience that explores idioms of pop, indie, EDM, and folk music through the lens of composed concert works. It brings audiences inside a world of repertoire that knows no bounds and challenges the notion of a standard chamber music performance. 

Beginning the program is Judd Greenstein's At the end of a really great day, a beat driven yet reflective elegy for a lost friend that comments on "how it becomes possible to live with the unavoidable tragedies that life presents." Using heavily syncopated motives borrowed from popular music, the piece concludes with an epic coda marked "funky with attitude." Following the Greenstein is a newly commissioned arrangement from Daniel Wohl, a composer who seamlessly merges electric and acoustic sound worlds. Originally for saxophone quartet, Microfluctuations in Plainchant uses electronic samples of the ensemble to evoke a " futuristic form of plainchant." Read more.

Inserted between the Wohl and the final piece are a brand new work commissioned by longtime friend and collaborator Kirsten Volness, and Nico Muhly's I Know Where Everything Is. I Know Where Everything Is showcases Muhly's unique voice that incorporates both driving rhythm and sweeping lyricism in a series of chordal variations. Concluding the program is Mason Bates’ lighthearted collection of miniatures The Life of Birds. Unfolding as six short yet dense movements, Bates creates complex orchestral-like textures while pulling from a huge number of musical influences. One especially hears the influence of swing in the fourth movement "On a Wire Mating Dance."

Each composer on the program has a genre-defying language, pulling from innumerable musical traditions within and outside of western art music. Through this program listeners are transported to a world of truly uninhibited 21st century sound. See less.

Michael Avitable

Praised for playing that is "warm and vocal" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Michael Avitabile is a flutist, entrepreneur, and educator dedicated to the music of our time. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Hub New Music, a Boston-based chamber music organization actively performing and commissioning the latest generation of composers. Under his leadership, Hub has regionally and world premiered music by the nation’s most innovative musical minds including Kati Agocs, Daniel Wohl, Missy Mazzoli, Robert Honstein, and many others. Read more.

In addition to his work with Hub, Mike has collaborated with today’s most prominent composers including Harrison Birtwhistle, John Zorn, Brett Dean, and Christian Wolfe. He also performs with the Callithumpian Consort, Unitas Ensemble, EQ Ensemble, and Verdant Vibes. As an orchestral musician, he has received fellowships to play with the National Repertory Orchestra, Banff Festival Orchestra, and has also performed with the New World Symphony. He was won first prize in the Ervin Monroe, Donald Voorhees, and Catherine E. MacPhail Young Artist Competitions and has had concerto appearances with the Allentown Symphony and Bethlehem Bach Choir Orchestra. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM) and New England Conservatory (MM), graduating with top honors at both institutions. At Michigan, we was a Shipman Scholar, the highest award given to any incoming student university-wide. While at NEC he was awarded the John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music. In his free time, Mike is a total foodie and can found reading a recipe blog at any given moment. See less.

David Dziardziel

Clarinetist David Dziardziel is becoming increasingly active in the greater New England area. He is a versatile musician playing everything from classical to contemporary music. His playing has been described in The Boston Music Intelligencer as "fluid and acrobatic without strain". Dziardziel frequently performs as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, and soloist. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with groups such as the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Unitas Ensemble, Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston Civic Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Haffner Sinfonietta, Mercury Orchestra, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, and the New England Conservatory Philharmonia. Dziardziel has worked under world-renowned conductors including Hugh Wolff, Andrew Litton, Jeffrey Kahane, David Loebel, Julian Kuerti, Stephen Lord, and Benjamin Zander. He has had the privilege to perform in Boston’s Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and Harvard University’s Sanders Theater on numerous occasions. Read more.

As a chamber musician, Dziardziel has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians including legendary harpist Ann Hobson-Pilot (former principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and violinist Susie Park (former member of the Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio). He appeared in the Rockport Chamber Festival, Music for Salem, and the Sarasota Festival. Dziardziel is also one of the founding members of Calliope Winds, a newly formed wind quintet that regularly performs in and around Boston. The quintet was invited to perform in Jordan Hall for the New England Conservatory’s gala performance in 2013, as well as the 2013 Arthur Berger Memorial Concert. In addition, Calliope Winds has performed in masterclass for the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. An advocate of new music, Dziardziel is the clarinetist for Hub New Music, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble comprised primarily of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exacting”, Hub maintains a national touring schedule and has performed in Boston’s most prestigious concert venues. He has also performed for new music concert series' - Equilibrium (Boston, MA) and Verdant Vibes (Providence, RI). David has worked with many composers, including Kati Agócs, Daniel Wohl, Thomas Oboe Lee, and Robert Honstein. As a soloist, Dziardziel has performed with The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble as a winner of the 2010-2011 Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. In addition, he has been featured as a soloist in the NEC Philharmonia under the direction of Stephen Lord in a special concert version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s La Clamenza di Tito. Dziardziel began studying the clarinet at the age of 14 through University of Hartford’s Community Music Division with Dr. Richard Shillea and Alan Francis. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Music from The Boston Conservatory having studied with Michael Norsworthy, and most recently earned his Master of Music from the prestigious New England Conservatory under the tutelage of two-time Grammy Award winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. See less.

Orin Laursen

Described as possessing “superb technical skill,” and “deep understanding and artistry” (CVNC) violinist Orin Laursen is an active performer of both chamber music and the solo violin repertoire. He presents works from the Baroque to the contemporary with equal passion and imagination. Orin has collaborated on the concert stage with artists including cellist Michael Kannen, violists Nicholas Cords, Ara Gregorian, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Maria Lambros, pianists Ioannis Potamousis and Greg McCallum, and French hornist William Purvis. He has appeared as a soloist with the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Durham Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Tar River Orchestra. Read more.

Orin was first violinist and founding member of Goat String Quartet, with which he performed from 2002 to 2010, and the Kubrick Quartet, from 2011 until 2014. A strong advocate of contemporary music, Orin has worked with such eminent composers as Christian Wolff, Unsuk Chin, Harrison Birtwistle, and John Zorn. In addition, he regularly performs works by young composers such as David Fulmer. His recent appearances have included a performance with the Callithumpian Consort on the Music at the Gardiner series, and a showcase in Jordan Hall for acclaimed composers Pozzi Escot and Robert Cogan. He also performs as part as the quartet Hub New Music, which focuses on music from the 21st century. The Kubrick Quartet, which Orin was a part of since its inception, performed regularly in Baltimore and New York. During the summer of 2013, the group was awarded a Young Artist Fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. The group was also selected by competitive audition to participate in the 2013 Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, the 2012 Beethoven Institute, the 2012 and 2013 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the 2013 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, England during the Britten centennial celebrations. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Orin earned his bachelor’s at the Peabody Conservatory under violinist and pedagogue Victor Danchenko. He has recently completed his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory with violinist Soovin Kim. His previous mentors include Joseph Genualdi and Jose Bastardes. Orin plays a violin made in 2014 by Joseph Curtin. See less.

Allison Drenkow

Cellist Allison Drenkow has been heralded by the Boston Globe as a soloist known to have “streamed through the spectrum of human emotions”. From “lyric melancholy” to a “tremble and roar”, press have praised Allison for the expansive dimension of her tone. Performing as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and recording artist alike, Allison is a versatile talent. Currently based in Boston, MA, Allison can be heard performing as a member of the highly acclaimed ensemble, Hub New Music. This mixed quartet of strings and winds celebrates a musical era fueled by the spirit of collaboration and desire to shatter artistic limitations. Though a relatively new organization, Hub New Music has been featured on Boston Conservatory’s Contemporary Artists Series, hosted as an ensemble in residence at Northeastern University and praised by the Boston Globe who encourages that the “next time the group offers a concert, go, listen and be changed”. Read more.

With immense passion for the orchestral tradition and repertoire, Allison has held principal and assistant principal positions with the National Festival Orchestra, Unitas Ensemble (Boston, MA), Occasional Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore, MD), Banff Festival Orchestra (Canada), Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and New England Conservatory Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras. Other orchestral engagements held have included with the Boston Philharmonic, Atlantic Symphony, and Boston Chamber Symphony. Renowned conductors she has had the privilege of collaborating with include Rossen Milanov, Asher Fisch, Alan Pierson, Mei Ann Chen, Carl St. Clair, Lior Shambadal, Johannes Debus, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Carlos Spierer, and Hugh Wolff. In her travels, Allison has had the honor of performing as a soloist in public masterclasses for Lynn Harrell, Phillipe Muller, Colin Carr, Raphael Wallfisch, Andrés Diaz, Robert DeMaine (Principal, LA Philharmonic), and Yumi Kendall (Associate Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra) amongst others. As a chamber musician, Allison has been blessed to have worked personally with the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Borromeo, Brentano, St. Lawrence, and Biava String Quartets. See less.