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.
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