New Music USA Project Grant with Ben Hjertmann

Today we were awarded a project grant by New Music USA for our commission project with Ben Hjertmann! NTQ was selected as one of 57 projects funded and we are very excited to be working with Ben on a new piece for saxophone quartet. Stay tuned for info about our premiere this Fall!

2014 Cary New Music Performance Fund recipient

We are very honored to be selected as a 2014 Cary New Music Performance Fund recipient!

From New Music USA:

Each year, the Cary New Music Performance Fund provides general operating support to professional music organizations who are deeply committed to presenting, performing, commissioning and recording new music in the five boroughs of New York City. The 2014 Cary awardees are composed of an eclectic mix of 41 talented organizations that exemplify that commitment. Composers, performers, presenters, musicians, administrators, and artists that wear these five hats simultaneously all comprise the extraordinarily hard-working individuals that are behind the distinguished groups listed below – and all of whom share our mission in increasing the dissemination of and appreciation for new music.

We’re looking forward to premiering some great pieces in Fall 2014 and moving forward on a few recording projects! Stay tuned.

NTQ and Andrea Lee Smith head to Carnegie


In just under two weeks, we will give our first performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall! We are joining Native American flutist Andrea Lee Smith to premiere Erin Rogers’ new piece Mother Earth for flute, saxophone quartet, and electronics. Rehearsals have been sounding awesome and we hope to see you there!

Thurs Jun 5, 2014 @ 8:00pm
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall – 154 West 57th Street, New York, NY
$15 – Buy tickets online

More info at our event page

Bang on a Can fundraiser


We are excited to be performing at Bang on a Can’s Summer Festival Benefit Party! Our member Zach Herchen attended the festival last year and he can vouch that it is pretty awesome.

We will be performing Microfluctuations in Plainchant for sax quartet and electronics, a piece by Summer Festival alumnus Daniel Wohl.

Learn more and grab your tickets here:



New Thread had an awesome time at the 2014 NASA Conference. There were such amazing performances and it was fun to catch up with our saxophone friends. Thanks to everyone who came to hear us play Michael Djupstrom’s Test and premiere Marcelo F. Lazcano’s Ser!

Heading to NASA


We are headed to the 2014 NASA conference this weekend! Come check us out on Sat March 22, 4:40pm at the University of Illinois’ Tryon Festival Theater. We’ll be performing Michael Djupstrom’s Test and premiering Marcelo F. Lazcano’s Ser.

Recording Carrick’s “Harmonixity”

140228 recording Harmonixity

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!

Dance Theater of Harlem this Sunday


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.


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Anthony Gatto’s “Wise Blood”

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