Firey Strings Company was founded in 2011 by cellist Nioka Workman, to expand the art of string playing by providing unique and cutting edge platforms for the performance, creation and presentation of Jazz and Improvisation, particularly highlighting female artists. We connect audiences to new and exciting programs while providing an enriching artistic community for improvisers.
Firey Strings Company also known as FSCO, presents diverse, powerhouse improvisers from the United States, Mexico, Poland, Japan, Germany and beyond. FSCO's ensembles range from solo to 10-piece, to the touring resident Jazz ensemble called the Firey String Sistas!
FSCO's programs have been featured at venues such as BAM Cafe, Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn’s Center for Arts and Culture, South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Puffin Gallery, the Polish-American Festival in Greenpoint, Martha Graham Studios, Brooklyn Museum Sculpture Gardens, Sugar Hill Music Festival and the Coltrane Day Festival.
The Firey Strings Company presents a broad variety of chamber and mixed-media events each season, the largest being our Radiance Festival which brings together composers and performers to create new jazz and contemporary works that highlight improvisation. Featured composers include Cecil Bridgewater, Akua Dixon, Geraldine Eguiluz, Jay Rodriguez and Dana Hanchard. Another program that we present is called JOYOUS! chamber Jazz for the holidays. Women, Wine and Song is an inspired collection of material, performed by women presented in an intimate and celebratory style that encourages discussion and connection among creative women.
A recent iteration featured founder Nioka Workman’s musical theater piece called Her Reflections (HR2), honoring Josephine Baker. FSCO passionately pursues opportunities to collaborate with artists in other fields. Our more experimental programs are SouLyric featuring collaboration with actors, spoken word artists and SYNERGY bringing together dance, electronics and musical performance. FSCO has had a summer residency at the Joffrey Ballet School for six years, where dancers get to experience, often for the first time, the magic of improvising to live music. As part of Firey String Company’s mission to grow and support a vibrant musical community, FSCO provides an annual series of low-cost workshops for string players that cover a wide range of topics suited to both seasoned improvisers and those just getting started on their creative journey.
Educational outreach beyond the musical community is also a core value of FSCO. They partner with several schools and community centers including Bailey’s Cafe in Brooklyn, NY, Riverbank State Park in Harlem, Art & Education Continuum in Queens through Music For the People, NYC to provide music instruction and interactive workshops that tell historically and culturally important stories through engaging musical performance.
Firey Strings Company would like to thank our special partners and friends for their generous support and donations: Arts & Education Continuum, Darrell Bridges, Sister's Uptown Bookstore, K & S Music Inc., Fractured Atlas, Material For The Arts, Chamber Music America, Jazz Foundation of America, Bailey's Cafe, Stefanie Seigel, and numerous friends who have help our vision to blossom. Thank You!