Cliburn at the Modern presents Jessie Montgomery, Composer

  • November 3, 2022 7:30 PM

“Music is my connection to the world. It guides me to understand my place in relation to others and challenges me to make clear the things I do not understand. I imagine that music is a meeting place at which all people can converse about their unique differences and common stories.” – Jessie Montgomery

Source Code (string quartet)

Lunar Songs (string quintet, soprano)

Peace (clarinet and piano)

I Want to Go Home (string quartet, soprano)

Strum (string quartet)

She’s a decorated composer and violinist whose works are frequently performed around the world by leading musicians and ensembles. Jessie Montgomery was born and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1980s, during a time when the neighborhood was at a major turning point: artists gravitated to this hotbed of artistic experimentation and community development. Her parents—a musician and a theater storyteller—took her to rallies, performances, and parties where neighbors, activists, and artists gathered to celebrate and support the movements of the time. From this sprung Jessie’s unique voice; her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, poetry, and social consciousness. She is an acute interpreter of 21st-century American sound and experience, and she joins us at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for one night only in a showcase of her music and musicianship, moderated by Buddy Bray.

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