Photo Credits: Hollis King
The Firey String Company (FSCO) was founded by cellist Nioka Workman in 2011, to ‘push the art of string playing into the next level’. FSCO is striving to create nurturing environments for creative and improvising string players to perform, share, learn new skills, produce new work and network. We have a passion for empowering female artists and composers, particularly those artists that often don’t have the opportunity to perform in festival settings or in educational showcases. Each FSCO Season involves exciting family art showcases, dynamic composer features, LAB (actors, dance, film and programmers collaborate), a yearly Radiance Festival and Sessions (summer workshops). Firey String Sistas! is our Jazz Chamber ensemble that expands from duo to a 10-piece ensemble for events throughout the year. All FSCO artists have extensive backgrounds in Jazz, World Music, Folk and American classical music. They are improvisers and composers who develop original compositions that are presented during the year. Our Firey String Sistas! is quickly gaining a reputation for presenting interesting and inspiring performances. They have performed at several cutting-edge venues in the U. S., such as Brooklyn Museum, Symphony Space, at the Joffrey Ballet School, Harlem Stage, Puffin Cultural Forum, New England NAACP, Intersection International, Coalition for the Homeless, Women's College Club, BAM Café, WBAI, WBGO Kids Jazz Series at SOPAC New Jersey and for FSCO's annual Radiance Festival 2013, 2014; A Presentation to Young Artist featuring Akua Dixon (courteousy of YAMAHA) and Cecil Bridgewater at the Manna House Music School in East Harlem.
Firey String Sistas! are Violinists: Charisa Dowe- Rouse, Megan Atchley, Frederika Krier, Jennifer Axelson, Tomoko Omura, Marlene Rice, Ariadna Kyrazheva, Elektra Kurtis, Gwen Laster and Chiara Fasi. Violists: Pamela Hamilton, Maryam Blacksher, Tracey Dixon- Neverson, Cellist: Nioka Workman, Nicole Verserosa, Shana Tucker, Bassist: Melissa Slocum, Kuriko Twsugawa, Harpist: Riza Printup and Brandee Younger, Percussionist: Karina Colis, Chris Eddleton and Matt Vorzimer.