Peabody Masterclass


Last Friday we had to pleasure of visiting The Peabody Conservatory. In the morning we gave a talk at the Business of Music class, leading a discussion about first steps after school, finances, and managing time as a young chamber group. Then in the evening we gave a masterclass for Gary Louie’s saxophone studio. We were excited to perform Scott Wollschleger’s Without World plus coach a student quartet on Marcelo Lazcano’s Ser and several additional student performances. Congrats to the student performers: Tyrone Page, Sean Campbell, Kyle Jones, and Tae Ho Hwang. Thanks for your wonderful performances!

Collaboration with Monte Weber


Last weekend we kicked a new collaboration with Monte Weber! We spent an afternoon workshopping some of his compositional ideas and discussing saxophone technique. Monte shared with us his setup for live sound manipulation, using MIDI from a joystick to sample and manipulate our playing. Stay tuned for a 2017 premier!



We had a blast performing at Roulette! Here’s a photo from the premiere of Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium we performed with Elliott, JACK Quartet, Joshua Rubin, Rachel Golub, and Jenny Lin. The piece is a wonderful graphic score which Elliott visually manipulated using processes he often applies in his musical compositions.

Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium


Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium is a program of new and recent works partially drawn from his new album, Tranzience, on New World Records. Drawing upon the talents of top new music ensembles JACK Quartet and New Thread Quartet, Vivarium places Sharpe’s works in new contexts.

The program features “Tranzience” performed by JACK Quartet, “Approaching The Arches of Corti” performed by New Thread Quartet; “Homage Leroy Jenkins” performed by Jenny Lin, Rachel Golub, and Joshua Rubin; and “The Hidden Variable” for electro-acoustic guitar performed by Elliott Sharp. The evening will conclude with the the world premiere of “Vivarium,” a graphic score by Sharp that will be performed by all of the musicians taking part in the other pieces.

Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium
Thursday, September 15 @ 8pm
Roulette – 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $20/$15 online, $25/20 door
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Composer and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp is the leader of such projects as SysOrk, Orchestra Carbon and Tectonics, and Terraplane. Recipient of the Berlin Prize for 2015 and a Guggenheim Fellowship winner for 2014, Sharp has composed for Ensemble Modern, RadioSinfonie Frankfurt, and Arditti Quartet. A contributor to Hilary Hahn’s Grammy-winning album In 27 Pieces, Sharp has been featured at New Music Stockholm, Donaueschingen, Darmstadt, Tomorrow Shenzhen, and Au Printemps festivals. His opera Port Bou premiered in the United States atIssue Project Room in October 2014 and in Berlin at Konzerthaus in April 2015. In 2010, Sharp created About Us, a sci-fi opera for all-teenage performers at the Bayerische Staatsoper. His work is the subject of the documentary “Doing The Don’t” and he has been featured on NPR‘s All Things Considered.


NTQ 2016 Explorations

Thanks to everyone for your support at our inaugural Explorations concert! We had a blast presenting new works by Scott Wollschleger, Ryan Pratt, Diarmid Flatley, and Pat Muchmore.

Stayed tuned as we get ready for our next concert season, including a CD release concert for Elliott Sharp’s Tranzience!

June 10 – Explorations Vol. 1


To celebrate our 5th anniversary season, New Thread Quartet is launching the first in an annual series of programs devoted to the exploration of new music for saxophone quartet, pushing the ensemble beyond its traditional formation. For Explorations Vol. 1, NTQ will perform cutting-edge new works by four uniquely-voiced New York composers, featuring modular instrumentation, electronics, lighting, and video, with a common theme of human vs. instrument.

Explorations Vol. 1
Friday, June 10 @ 7:30pm
University Settlement, Speyer Hall – 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
$10 tickets – buy online or at the door
free food/drink
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Scott Wollschleger’s Without World delves deep into a timbral universe where the softest moments feel larger-than-life, framing the multi-sized saxophones as engines of air. Ryan Pratt’s Blend for altos/sopranos and electronics, showcases the bright lyricism and humanism within natural multiphonic textures. Diarmid Flatley’s Six Regions for four saxophonists, five laptops, and interactive video, explores an extended harmonic series through the sonic regions between pure frequencies and the human attempt at such. Pat Muchmore’s Hyperoperator3 for 2 tenor and 2 baritone saxophones juxtaposes multilayered rhythmic lines against microtonal keening (wailing in grief).

Ryan Pratt – Blend for 2 altos, 2 sopranos, and electronics *world premiere
Scott Wollschleger – Without World *world premiere
Diarmid Flatley – Six Regions for sax quartet, 5 laptops, and interactive video *newly revised premiere
Pat Muchmore – Hyperoperator3 for 2 tenors and 2 baritones *2014 NTQ commission

NTQ joins Creviston-Fader Duo, May 29

NTQ and Creviston-Fader Duo

New Thread Quartet joins the incredibly virtuosic Creviston-Fader Duo at celebrated new music venue, Firehouse Space. The Duo will premiere our own, Erin Rogers’ new piece Bandwidth for soprano saxophone and electric guitar. New Thread Quartet will perform a set alongside the duo, featuring works by Marcelo Lazcano, Anthony Gatto, Kathryn Salfelder, and Pat Muchmore.

Double Bill: NTQ + Creviston-Fader Duo
Sunday, May 29 @ 8pm
Firehouse Space – 246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY
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$10 Cover

About Fader-Creviston:
Established in 2005, the Creviston-Fader Duo (Chris Creviston, sax and Oren Fader, guitar) is committed to expanding the repertoire for saxophone and electric guitar. Performing across the U.S., the Duo has an impressive repertoire of pieces written specifically for them by many award-winning composers including John Anthony Lennon, Gregory Wanamaker, Whitney Ashe, David Claman, Eric Schwartz, Brian Coughlin, Dorothy Chang, and Evan Hause. The Duo’s debut recording, “Thrash”, is currently available on the White Pine label.

Elliott Sharp: Tranzience

Elliott Sharp Tranzience

Announcing Elliott Sharp’s new album Tranzience on New World Records, with our performance of Approaching the Arches of Corti for four soprano saxophones! We are excited to join JACK Quartet, Either/OR and more fantastic musicians on this album.

Check it out:
New World Records page – info, samples, and liner notes
Tranzience on iTunes

Eavesdropping on April 17


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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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!


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: