Spring Tour Announcement - Press Release

For Immediate Release: 28 February 2019

Contact: smitheralexandra1@gmail.com


Pushback Collective Announces Spring 2019 Tour

Pushback Ensemble - Photographer Lynn Lane - WEB-1.jpg

PUSHBACK COLLECTIVE (Alexandra Smither, soprano and Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon) will embark on their inaugural tour in Spring 2019. The tour will take place in two legs, the first presenting concerts on the East Coast alongside the Departure Duo, with concerts in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston from March 23rd-25th. From April 15th-21st, Pushback will perform further concerts in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. The program will feature four new works for soprano and bassoon by composers Karim Al-Zand, Theo Chandler, Binna Kim, and LJ White, which are the result of Pushback’s 2019 commissioning initiative. Featuring diverse   styles and topics, the program is tied together by the idea of music serving as a response, a commentary, or a foil to social, political, and cultural realities of our world. These commissions and this tour are made possible through generous support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Photo by Lynn Lane.


Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, 7:30pm: Philadelphia, PA (with Departure Duo)

Rock Hall, Temple University: 1715 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Free Admission

Sunday, March 24th, 2019, 7pm: Brooklyn, NY (with Departure Duo)

Scholes St. Studio: 375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

$10 Suggested Donation

Monday, March 25th, 2019, 8pm: Cambridge, MA (with Departure Duo)

The New School for Music: 25 Lowell St, Cambridge, MA 02138

$10 Suggested Donation

Monday, April 15th, 2019, 7pm: Houston, TX

Night Heron: 1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006

$10 Suggested Donation

Friday, April 19th, 2019, 8pm: Chicago, IL

Slate Arts + Performance: 3203 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

$5 Suggested Donation

Sunday, April 21st, 2019, 7pm: Toronto, ON

Array Space Toronto: 155 Walnut Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 3W3, Canada

$10 Suggested Donation


2019 Commissions

Tamora Monologues - Theo Chandler
Songs from a Post Truth Era - Karim Al-Zand
Shuffled Notes from ‘A Guide to Drag Kinging’ - LJ White
February 19, 1958 - Binna Kim

Other Repertoire

I watch you, beheading - Bekah Simms

I Give You Back - Annea Lockwood

Axis Mundi - Liza Lim

Pushback is a modular contemporary music ensemble founded in 2018 by Ben Roidl-Ward (bassoon) and Ally Smither (soprano). Our objective is to commission and present a new body of work featuring bassoon and soprano that explicitly advocates for groups that are underrepresented and oppressed, both in and outside of the world of music. This goal arose from a strong desire to play together in a small chamber setting, an interest in working closely with composers of our generation, and a growing frustration with what we see as an unnecessary and harmful dislocation of our artistic practice from the political and social realities of our lives.

For more information, please visit www.pushbacksounds.com

Or contact: alexandrasmither1@gmail.com | ben.roidl.ward@gmail.com

Photos, recordings, and press materials available upon request.


Alexandra Smither