Skip to main content

Search NYU Steinhardt

Leila Adu-Gilmore Composition Reaches Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart

Leila Adu-Gilmore

Music Technology Professor Leila Adu-Gilmore’s composition For Edna is featured on cellist Amanda Gookin’s new release, Forward Music Project 1.0. The album debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. It features multimedia works for solo cello that elevate stories of feminine empowerment commissioned by Gookin, who writes: “For mothers. For sisterhood. For brave storytellers and quiet listeners. I sing, I gasp, I fight, I breathe life into the work of these fearless artists. I founded Forward Music Project for you. And you are not alone.”

In For Edna, Dr. Adu-Gilmore sought to encapsulate the strength of women. “At first, I was going to write something physically and aurally demanding – hard. I then realized that our strength is perseverance and endurance, adaptability and openness, and connection to others.”

For more information and to purchase the album, visit the Bright Shiny Things website.