History

Firey Strings Company was founded by Nioka Workman in 2011. The company actively ‘pushes the art of string playing into the next level’ by providing unique and cutting edge platforms for performance, creation and presentation of Jazz and Improvisation. We are fostering a new generation of audiences who enjoy our music and consider us an integral part of broader cultural experiences. With a support team of 3 including Arts & Education director Darrell Bridges, the Firey Strings Company produces Firey String Sistas!, a touring Jazz ensemble. SouLyric, intergration with lyric stylist, actors, performance artists. Synergy, an electronic music showcase. LAB, an incubator for new ideas. JOYOUS!, a holiday event. Radiance Festival, a large event featuring new music for the community featuring world renowned composers like Geraldine Eguiliuz, Graham Haynes, Cecil Bridgewater, Jay Rodriguez and Akua Dixon. In the summer we expand our reach by connecting to various residency communities with a yearly event that we call Sessions that includes a series of  technical and improvisation workshops and networking. Firey String Company programs are  annually presented, or have been featured as part of several exciting series like the WBGO Jazz Kids Series at South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Puffin Gallery,  Jazzy Jazz Festival at Medgar Evers College, at BAM Cafe, in Brooklyn Museum's Sculpture Garden,  at Martha Graham Studios in Westbeth and at Brooklyn's Center For Arts and Culture, just to name a few wonderful showcases that we have been a part of. Our members are  international and have joined us from Mexico, Tokyo, Germany, Poland, Africa and the United States. We are passionate about including the work of female composers and musicians throughout a yearly season. We have featured some of really dynamic improvisers like violinist Megan Atchley, Charisa Dowe 'the Violin Diva', Frederika Krier, Tomoko Omura. violist/singer Pamela Hamilton, Maryam Blacksher, cellist Nicole Verderosa, bassist Kuriko Tsugawa, Rebecca Griffin Greene and Jazz harpist Riza Printup.