Eavesdropping on April 17

Eavesdropping

NTQ is pleased to perform on the season opening concert of Guy Barash’s Eavesdropping Series at Spectrum NYC. Our set features music for sax quartet and electronics including: the US premiere of Ophir Ilzetzki’s Ambience for sax quartet and live electronics, Monte Weber’s Lucidity for soprano, saxophone quartet, and pre-recorded electronics, featuring soprano Alize Rozsnyai; Erin RogersMother Earth for flute, saxophone quartet, and electronics, featuring Andrea Lee Smith on flute; and Matthew Burtner’s Incantation S4-X for saxophone quartet and computer generated sound.

Guy Barash presents: Eavesdropping
Spectrum NYC – 121 Ludlow St, New York, NY
Sunday, April 17 @ 7pm
$15 door / $10 student/seniors
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Program:
Ophir Ilzetzki – Ambience
Monte Weber – Lucidity (with soprano Alize Rozsnyai)
Erin Rogers – Mother Earth (with flutist Andrea Lee Smith)
Matthew Burtner – Incantation S4-X



Build-Your-Own Instruments Kids Show!

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NTQ is headed to the Thurnauer School of Music for a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon concert. We’ll be performing a few stunning pieces for sax quartet, taking about our instruments, and then building instruments with our young audience from tubes, balloons, and tape! Participants will then join in a grand finale. Materials are provided and you can keep your creation! Series made possible by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund.

Sunday, April 3 @ 3pm
Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 East Clinton Ave, Tenafly, NJ
$10 JCC Members / $12 Public
Tickets and info: http://www.jccotp.org/concerts-and-events



Live 45 at Spectrum – March 5

2016 NTQ Live 45 at Spectrum

NTQ is excited to bring two premieres to Michael Vince’s Live 45 series at Spectrum NYC. The Live 45 series is inspired by settling down to a cup of coffee and an old 45 record, with concerts featuring two new “singles” by composers. Our program will premiere two major works by Spencer Arias and Diarmid Flatley.

Saturday, Mar 5 at 7pm
Spectrum NYC – 121 Ludlow St, New York, NY
$15 door / $10 students
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Spencer Arias’ “Controversy for the sake of Controversy” is a response to the experience of controversial social media posts and the discussions that follow. The piece uses repetition as a way to iterate the repetitiveness that can occur during these discussions.

Diarmid Flatley’s “Six Regions of the k=3 d=6 B={0 4 6} Prime Constellation” is a drone composition in just intonation. Algorithmically generated tones are performed by the saxophonists, who are accompanied by sine tone drones based on the same intervallic relationships and stochastic structures. The result is a slowly shifting harmonic sound-mass which activates the space acoustically through standing waves, sum and difference tones, and beat frequencies.



“Without World” in hand

Scott Wollschleger, Without World

We’re excited to have our next big commission in hand: Scott Wollschleger’s “Without World”! We are working our way through the piece in rehearsals and will be scheduling a premiere later this year so stay tuned…



Album Tracked!

Album Tracked

We’ve finished tracking our debut album! Shooting for a release in 2016 so keep your ears open.



Double bill with Broken Reed Sax Quartet

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NTQ will join the Broken Reed Sax Quartet for a unique double bill at IBeam. We’ll be trading 30-minute sets of diverse sax quartet music!

Friday, Nov 6 @ 8:30pm
IBeam – 168 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
$15 suggested donation

BRSQ will present a program called Sugar Baby’s Baby in America: Rural American Music Reimagined, with music composed and arranged by director Charley Gerard.

NTQ will perform some of our latest rep including Anthony Gatto’s Plastic Facts, Elliot Sharp’s Approaching the Arches of Corti, Marcelo F. Lazcano’s Ser, and Ben Hjertmann’s Sunstruck.



Advent Library Concert Series

Advent Library Concert Series

We’re headed up to Boston this Friday to perform on the wonderful Advent Library Concert Series. Join us for an amazing night of new music {composed and improvised} with NTQ alongside solo string sets by Shaw Pong Liu (solo violin) and Matt Scutchfield (solo viola and objects).

Fri, Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
The Church of the Advent – 30 Brimmer St, Boston, MA
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NTQ’s Set:
Elliott SharpApproaching the Arches of Corti
Marcelo F Lazcano – Ser
Anthony GattoPlastic Facts
Ben HjertmannSunstruck

The Advent Library Concert Series is a monthly program that presents jazz, modern, folk, ethnic, and improvised music. The Library space is intimate and enchanting, and has a great sound for small acoustic groups, especially. The series is curated by Matt Samolis.

The Concerts are at the Church Library on the corner of Mt Vernon & Brimmer Streets in Beacon Hill. Directions, parking info, and other church items may be found here: http://theadventboston.org/geninfo/direct.htm.



Elliott Sharp recording

Elliott Sharp and crew

We had the pleasure of recording Elliott Sharp’s Approaching the Arches of Corti last week with Judith Sherman at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This piece is for four soprano saxophones and makes extensive use of leg muting to get some really wild sounds from our horns. The recording will be released on New World Records alongside more of Elliott’s music performed by Either/Or and JACK Quartet, so stay tuned!

A huge thanks to Elliott for inviting us to participate in his project and to Judith for such a great recording experience!



Monadnock Music

Mount Monadnock - New Hampshire

NTQ is thrilled to be headed to beautiful New Hampshire for a performance on Monadnock Music’s 50th Anniversary Season. Learn more at http://www.monadnockmusic.org/season_schedule.html.

Admission: Voluntary donations to support the Monadnock Music Village Concerts will be accepted at the performance. No tickets or reservations required.

Program:
Quartette by Caryl Florio
Selections from Pagine by Salvatore Sciarrino
Stolen From Above by Kathryn Salfelder
Premier Quatuor by Jean Baptiste Singelée
Liberties Taken (with Sahana Raga Varnam) by David Claman / K.S. Subramanian / Tiruvottiyur Tyaggaya
Ryden Scenes by Roberto Kalb

Image of Mount Monadnock by Flickr user Doug Kerr.



David Morneau Collaboration

David Morneau

NTQ is pleased to be working with David Morneau on Not Less Than the Good, a secularized morning prayer service that uses Henry David Thoreau’s Walden as the canticle text. The music will feature sax quartet, live synthesizers, and recorded sounds that include field recordings from Walden Pond and readings of selected passages of Walden. The result will be a 50-60 minute composition.