Music for Contemplation


We are pleased to be collaborating with our friends at Music for Contemplation for a great show in April. Music for Contemplation aims to engage a completely new audience for radical contemporary music in a historic church through a series of six concerts dedicated to presenting compositions with open structures, quiet dynamics and use of silence. Taking place at the Church of the Annunciation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the series offers new music with a special focus on the contemplative nature of listening. The series includes premieres of works by five New York composers.

We will perform new works by Elizabeth Adams, Elisa Corona, Assaf Gidron and Beau Sievers.

Music for Contemplation
Sat, Apr 11 @ 8:05pm
Church of the Annunciation – 259 North 5th St, Brooklyn, NY
doors open 7:30pm
$15 suggested donation

Music for Contemplation is supported by New Music USA. To learn more about this project, visit:

Kathryn Salfelder premiere at NEC


NTQ is headed up to New England Conservatory this weekend to premiere Kathryn Salfelder’s new sax quartet “Stolen From Above”. Our performance will be part of her free DMA recital, so come check it out!

Kathryn Salfelder DMA Recital
Sat Feb 28 @ 8pm
New England Conservatory – Brown Hall
290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

15-Min of Fame – Composer’s Voice

Composer’s Voice posted a great video of our recent Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame performance! For this project we picked 15 one-minute pieces to premiere. We’d like to give a huge thank you to the composers we selected for their wonderful submissions: Lauren Buscemi, Masatora Goya, Hanan Hadzajlic, Dillon Henry, Emily Koh, Kaori Nakano, Paolo Pecin, Silvia Pepe, Richard Pressley, Keane Southard, Ivan Tangkulung, Maxwell Tfirn, Luca Vanneschi, and Blair Whittington.

Circuit Bridges and Composers Now!

We have two great shows coming up this week:


Circuit Bridges – NTQ performs Mother Earth

The electronic new music series, Circuit Bridges, will present a concert of diverse and exciting electroacoustic music by composers from New York City and around the world. New Thread Quartet, joined by Andrea Lee Smith (flute) and Paul Pinto (electronics), will perform Mother Earth by Erin Rogers.

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:30 pm
Gallery MC
549 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor)
$15 / $7 (students)

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Composers Now Kick-Off Event – NTQ performs Hyperoperator3 and Urban Composites

During the month of February, the Composers Now Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. We are excited to join an esteemed lineup of artists and ensembles for their annual kick-off event, performing Hyperoperator3 (for two tenor and two baritone saxophones) by Pat Muchmore, and two movements from Urban Composites (a series of short quartet works) by Erin Rogers.

Friday, January 30, 2015, 7:00pm
The Cell, A 21st Century Salon
338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY
Tickets: $15/session, $25/evening
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15 Minutes of Fame

15 Min of Fame

Join us this Sunday for the premiere of 15 one-minute pieces on the Vox Novus’ series 15 Minutes of Fame. We selected these short works from a truly impressive group of submitted piece. Congratulations to these composers and a huge thank you to everyone who submitted. The concert will feature these 15 pieces alongside a curated program by NTQ.

Composer’s Voice
Sunday, January 11, 1pm
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church – 351 E 74th St, New York, NY

Joseph Bohigian – Quartet for soprano sax, alto sax, and two cellos
Adam Matlock – 8/5/15\19\14\15\14/4 – 2 for alto sax, violin, and piano
Roberto Kalb – Ryden Scenes for sax quartet

15 Minutes of Fame:
Blair Whittington – Threads
Dillon Henry – Scatter!
Emily Koh – Homonym
Hanan Hadzajlic – VRI
Ivan Tangkulung – Menyan (Incense)
Juan Maria Solare – Ronroneo
Kaori Nakano – Movement #001
Keane Southard – 1267 Notes
Lauren Buscemi – Synthetic Fog
Luca Vanneschi – Dramma breve
Masatora Goya – I Took the A Train
Maxwell Tfirn – The Conception of Chaos
Paolo Pecin – Darvaze
Richard Pressley – Shigurekana
Silvia Pepe – Fading Glare

We will be joined by Liz Benoit Crew (cello), Sam Chernoff (cello), Mark Chung (violin), and Gabriel Zucker (piano).

Moving Lines with Ruah


This Sunday, end the year with a gorgeous Sunday afternoon of movement and music with Ruah dance and Composer’s Voice. Curated by David Morneau, The Ruah dance crew, Stine Moen, Brenna Palughi, and Benjamin Thys, partner with the saxophonists of New Thread Quartet in the first performance of Moving Lines, a 20-min collaborative work, set to music by Erin Rogers. This unique concert also features the world premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: 15 one-minute works created for Diego Vásquez (clarinet) and Andrea Skurr (dance).

We strongly encourage donations of food, clothing, and toiletries for the Homeless Outreach & Advocacy Program.

Dec 14, 1-2pm – FREE
Jan Hus Church – 351 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021

Watch our premiere of Hjertmann’s Sunstruck

We’re excited to share our premiere performance of Ben Hjertmann’s Sunstruck! This commission resulted in a wonderful 30 minute piece that makes use of vibrant chords, microtones, and multiple vibrato techniques in a varied soundscape.

To learn more about Sunstruck, watch our pre-performance chat with Ben:

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page:

World Premieres of Luke Schwartz and Pat Muchmore

NTQ will take the stage of LeFrak Concert Hall at the Aaron Copland School of Music, for the premiere of two new works for saxophone quartet by Queens-based composers Luke Schwartz and Pat Muchmore. Continuing our effort to champion the works of New York-based composers, we will present two highly contrasting pieces, each sounding within a contemporary musical language.

Muchmore’s Hyperoperator3 for two tenor and two baritone saxophones evokes a voluminous power full of rhythmic complexity and intensity while Schwartz’s Open Link in New Tab, for quartet + stereo playback, explores the beautiful texture of tonal improvisation with organic divergence. The hour-long program will be framed with works by Michael Djupstrom (Philadelphia), and Marcelo Lazcano (Chile/San Diego). This concert is presented by Queens College and is FREE and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 22 @ 12:15pm
Aaron Copland School of Music Queens College
Kew Garden Hills
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367

Marcelo Lazcano: Ser
Luke Schwartz: Open Link in New Tab *world premiere
Pat Muchmore: Hyperoperator3 *world premiere
Michael Djupstrom: Test

This program is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Recital and Premiere of Sunstruck this Sunday!

This Sunday is our big premiere of Ben Hjertmann’s Sunstruck, a 30 minute contemplative microtonal work focused on the idea of intuition. Ben will give a pre-performance talk about his composition at the concert. In case you missed it, check out our live stream chat with Ben on YouTube.

FREE and presented by Con Vivo Music
NTQ recital featuring the premiere of Hjertmann’s Sunstruck
Sunday, Sept 28, 5:00pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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Ben Hjertmann: Sunstruck *world premiere
Michael Djupstrom: Test
Marcelo Lazcano: Ser
Roberto Kalb: Ryden Scenes

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit NTQ’s project page:
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Live stream video chat w/ Hjertmann

We are joining composer Ben Hjertmann for a live stream video chat and preview of his new piece Sunstruck. Tune in above!

Join our discussion by submitting questions/comments via social media:
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Ben has created a new piece for saxophone quartet titled Sunstruck, based on the 19th tarot trump card “The Sun”. We will be premiering this epic 30-min work on September 28 in Jersey City:

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page:
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