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What is American: A Review of American Music


This virtual program centers the contributions and impact of Black artists on American music, from Negro spirituals to Blues to Rock & Roll and beyond.

Featuring the music of Tina Turner, Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, George Walker, Rhiannon Giddens, Fats Waller, Jessie Montgomery and more, the program asks the listener to contemplate what makes us American, and how that translates into sound.

This event is part of a PUBLIQuartet's Detroit Community Residency and has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund. PUBLIQuartet is the 2020 recipient of Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Residency Grant. Their participation in the residency has been made possible by a generous gift from the Sewell Family Foundation.


About PUBLIQuartet 

PUBLIQuartet is a Grammy-nominated improvising string quartet whose contemporary repertoire blurs genres and highlights American multiculturalism. PUBLIQuartet is recognized as one of the most interesting and innovative ensembles in the field, having received the 2019 Visionary Artists Award from Chamber Music America, the 2015 award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP/CMA, and The Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition.