Moving Lines with Ruah

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
http://www.voxnovus.com/composersvoice/



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: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/sunstruck/



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.

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

Program:
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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Program:
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: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/sunstruck/
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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:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NewThreadQuartet
Twitter – @NewThreadQtet (https://twitter.com/NewThreadQtet)

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462388547358550/

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/sunstruck/
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“Sunstruck” by Ben Hjertmann

Ben Hjertmann

NTQ is excited to be working on our biggest project this year! We’ve commissioned Ben Hjertmann who has written a new piece called Sunstruck! This 30 min piece is a huge undertaking for us and we can’t wait to share it with you! Mark your calendars:

Live stream video chat w/ Ben Hjertmann
Sun, Sep 21 @ 6pm

-video stream will be posted here and on our New Music USA project page

You are invited to join our discussion by submitting questions/comments via social media!
NTQ on Facebook
@NewThreadQtet on Twitter

Premiere performance of “Sunstruck”, and pre-performance chat w/ Ben Hjertmann
Sun, Sep 28 @ 5pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
FREE, as part of Con Vivo Music‘s 2014 Season

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/sunstruck/
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Double bill with Iktus Duo

Con Vivo

This September we are bringing two exciting shows to Jersey City via our fiscal sponsor Con Vivo Music. Sept 5 we’ve got an exciting double bill with Iktus Duo and Sept 28 we’re presenting a full recital featuring the premiere of Ben Hjertmann’s new piece Sunstruck.

NTQ + Iktus Duo
FREE!
Friday, Sept 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

We will perform a range of pieces including one of the oldest sax quartet compositions, a modern work based on Buddhist text, and two works with electronics. Iktus Duo (a project of Iktus Percussion) is a percussion/flute duo focused on contemporary classical repertoire. Based in NYC, Iktus is describe by Time Out New York as a group “you won’t want to miss.”

NTQ Set:
Caryl Florio: Quartette
Marcelo Lazcano: Ser
Erin Rogers: Mother Earth for sax quartet, flute (Hristina Blagoeva), and electronics
Daniel Wohl: Microfluctuations in Plainchant for sax quartet and electronics

Iktus Duo Set:
selection of pieces for percussion and flute performed by Chris Graham (percussion) and Hristina Blagoeva (flute)



2014 Aaron Copland Fund Recording Program Grantee

We are pleased to share that NTQ has been awarded a 2014 Aaron Copland Fund Recording Program grant! This award will support our debut album. We’re already hard at work mixing our first track: Harmonixity by Richard Carrick. Stay tuned as we move this project forward in 2015!



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!

https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/perpetuum-mobile-2/



2014 Cary New Music Performance Fund recipient

We are very honored to be selected as a 2014 Cary New Music Performance Fund recipient! https://www.newmusicusa.org/2014-cary-new-music-performance-fund-awardees/

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.