"The Afield", 2016, photo courtesy  Rana Young

"The Afield", 2016, photo courtesy Rana Young

The Afield

"afield," adv. (from the OED online)

pronunciation:  ə’fild


away from home, abroad; to or at a distance; Also fig. and in figurative contexts  

(b) In far (also farther, farthest) afield.

 b. Away from one's subject; astray. Freq. to lead afield.


The Afield is a multidisciplinary collaboration between violinist Rebecca Fischer (Chiara String Quartet) and visual artist Anthony Hawley. Combining new and original compositions for violin, voice, and electronics with video and other media, The Afield is dedicated to exploring the space between sound and sight. The Afield has commissioned works by composers such as Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Lisa Bielawa, Augusta Read Thomas and others, and has premiered work at National Sawdust in New York, the HIFA festival for the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine. 

We like the idea of being "afield,"--off the usual track and beaten path; wandering farther afield, beyond borders, beyond the area of one's "subject."

We are all for wandering into uncharted territory...into other knowledge.

Thus, "the afield," those things, zones, and people we cultivate. 

Rebecca Fischer, violinist in the Chiara Quartet, tours regularly in North America, Europe and Asia. With the Chiara Quartet, Ms. Fischer has won top prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition, the Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, the Astral Artistic Services audition, and was awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.  Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing (Boston Musical Intelligencer),” she has recorded for Azica Records and New Amsterdam Records.  Ms. Fischer holds degrees from Columbia University and The Juilliard School, and her mentors include violinists Kathleen Winkler, Joel Smirnoff, Masao Kawasaki, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Concord and Takacs Quartets.


Anthony Hawley is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. His art has won him residencies and awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, VCCA, and Arte Studio Ginistrelle, among others. He has exhibited and performed solo projects in venues nationally and internationally including Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO; The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska; Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM; and Arte Studio Ginistrelle, Assisi, Italy. In April 2016, “Fault Diagnosis”—a five-day multimedia event centering around a 1985 Nissan Pulsar NX—was produced by CounterCurrent in partnership with the Menil Collection and Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas. He is the author of two collections of poetry, and his essays and poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse, and Colorado Review.  Born in 1977, Anthony Hawley grew up in Massachusetts and was educated at Columbia University and the MFA Art Practice Program at the School of Visual Arts.