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!

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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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“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:
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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
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!

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.