UVA video chat

We had a gerat video chat yesterday with students from the Composition & Computer Technologies program at University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music! In early 2018 we’ll be visiting for a 4-day residency to rehearse, perform, and record new works by them.



Not Less Than the Good premiere at The Morgan Library

NTQ is excited to give the premiere performance of David Morneau’s Not Less Than the Good on June 2 at The Morgan Library as part of opening night for their exhibition “This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal”.

Commissioned by New Thread Quartet and composed by David Morneau, Not Less Than the Good is a musical sunrise, a celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in Walden. The music grows from a single quiet note, growing in fullness and depth. Underneath this are sounds recorded during the early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers. The hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from Walden, selected as a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment and performed by poet J. D. McClatchy. Not Less Than the Good is composed for the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth (July 12, 2017).

Not Less Than the Good
for saxophone quartet, synthesizer, recorded sounds, and narration
composed by David Morneau for New Thread Quartet
performed by New Thread Quartet, David Morneau (synthesizer), and J.D. McClatchy (narrator)
Friday, June 2 at 7:30pm
The Morgan Library & Museum – 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY
Tickets: $25 / $20 for members

More information is available on our event page.



Explorations Vol. 2

Announcing NTQ’s second annual Explorations concert! Join us as we continue to explore new music for saxophones, pushing the ensemble beyond its traditional boundaries.

Explorations Vol. 2 features hyper-modern works by four next-generation compositional voices, with a common theme of “Innovation through Notation.” Karst by Max Grafe charts the dramatic and musical implications of an initial explosive event – a cataclysmic or traumatic occurrence – followed by an exploration of sharply contrasting, but interrelated musical characters. A shout to the Belgian saxophone player and bandleader, Fud Candrix, Taylor Brook’s Flux Candrix toys with musical quotation and stylistic allusion. Adam Mirza explores the highest registers of the instrument, in a new work titled In In In Out, while Chris Fisher-Lochhead showcases the versatility and power of the modern saxophone in Blissing Out – a work notated entirely in tablature.

NTQ Presents Explorations Vol. 2
Thursday, April 20 @ 8pm
DiMenna Center – 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $10, purchase online

Program:
Max Grafe – Karst *world premiere
Taylor Brook – Flux Candrix *world premiere
Chris Fisher-Lochhead – Blissing Out
Adam Mirza – In In In Out *world premiere



Wollschleger Recording

NTQ had a blast recording Scott Wollschleger’s Without World over the weekend. This 2o-minute piece is a recent commission that we premiered in mid-2016. We’re very excited to add it to our production pipeline for future releases!

Thanks once again to Jeremy Tressler at Dreamflower for the awesome job engineering our session!



Peabody Masterclass

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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

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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!



Vivarium!

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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

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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
Roulette event page
Facebook event page

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.



Thanks!

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

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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
Facebook event page

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).

Program:
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