We spent last weekend in the studio recording Richard Carrick’s Harmonixity. The session was a blast and we can’t wait the share it in a month or two! A big thanks to Nicola Stemmer at 9 Lives Studios for engineering the session!
We are excited to be performing at the Dance Theater of Harlem’s Sunday Matinéee this weekend! The 3pm concert is part of the Composers Now Festival and we’ll be playing Erin Rogers’s Urban Composites and Richard Carrick’s Harmonixity. A post-performance reception will follow the event.
New Thread is kicking off 2014 with plenty of events booked, including at trip to the North American Saxophone Alliance’s biennial national conference and a performance at Carnegie Hall! To help keep our fans in the loop, we are starting a NTQ newsletter using MailChimp. If you’d like to receive our emails, you can sign up below. We promise to not spam your inbox and you can unsubscribe at any time.
During the end of 2013 we worked with Anthony Gatto to record a draft of the last 12 minutes of his new opera “Wise Blood’. Based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood is commissioned by the Minneapolis arts exhibition space, The Soap Factory. The opera will run for a projected 70 minutes, as part of an on-going film and sculpture installation made in collaboration with media artist, and University of Minnesota professor, Chris Larson. The opera will premiere in May 2015.
Performers on the recording:
Gelsey Bell, soprano
Geoffrey Landman, soprano saxophone
Kristen McKeon, alto saxophone
Erin Rogers, tenor saxophone
Zach Herchen, baritone saxophone
Will Lang, tenor trombone, bass trombone
James Rogers, euphonium, tuba
We had a great time performing at Bronx Community College last week. The concert was in their rotunda, which has an amazing sound (pictured above)! Before the concert we did a recording session for a section of Anthony Gatto’s opera Wise Blood. It’s been a pleasure working with Anthony as he develops the opera (currently scored for sax quartet, brass, and voice).
We’ve been working hard prepping for our fall season. There’s some new press photos coming soon (including one of our favorites above), some plans for recordings, and a bunch of concerts coming up! Check out our events section for details.
photo credit: Max Breslow
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