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: http://www.jccotp.org/concerts-and-events

Live 45 at Spectrum – March 5

2016 NTQ Live 45 at Spectrum

NTQ is excited to bring two premieres to Michael Vince’s Live 45 series at Spectrum NYC. The Live 45 series is inspired by settling down to a cup of coffee and an old 45 record, with concerts featuring two new “singles” by composers. Our program will premiere two major works by Spencer Arias and Diarmid Flatley.

Saturday, Mar 5 at 7pm
Spectrum NYC – 121 Ludlow St, New York, NY
$15 door / $10 students
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Spencer Arias’ “Controversy for the sake of Controversy” is a response to the experience of controversial social media posts and the discussions that follow. The piece uses repetition as a way to iterate the repetitiveness that can occur during these discussions.

Diarmid Flatley’s “Six Regions of the k=3 d=6 B={0 4 6} Prime Constellation” is a drone composition in just intonation. Algorithmically generated tones are performed by the saxophonists, who are accompanied by sine tone drones based on the same intervallic relationships and stochastic structures. The result is a slowly shifting harmonic sound-mass which activates the space acoustically through standing waves, sum and difference tones, and beat frequencies.

“Without World” in hand

Scott Wollschleger, Without World

We’re excited to have our next big commission in hand: Scott Wollschleger’s “Without World”! We are working our way through the piece in rehearsals and will be scheduling a premiere later this year so stay tuned…

Album Tracked!

Album Tracked

We’ve finished tracking our debut album! Shooting for a release in 2016 so keep your ears open.

Double bill with Broken Reed Sax Quartet

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NTQ will join the Broken Reed Sax Quartet for a unique double bill at IBeam. We’ll be trading 30-minute sets of diverse sax quartet music!

Friday, Nov 6 @ 8:30pm
IBeam – 168 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
$15 suggested donation

BRSQ will present a program called Sugar Baby’s Baby in America: Rural American Music Reimagined, with music composed and arranged by director Charley Gerard.

NTQ will perform some of our latest rep including Anthony Gatto’s Plastic Facts, Elliot Sharp’s Approaching the Arches of Corti, Marcelo F. Lazcano’s Ser, and Ben Hjertmann’s Sunstruck.

Advent Library Concert Series

Advent Library Concert Series

We’re headed up to Boston this Friday to perform on the wonderful Advent Library Concert Series. Join us for an amazing night of new music {composed and improvised} with NTQ alongside solo string sets by Shaw Pong Liu (solo violin) and Matt Scutchfield (solo viola and objects).

Fri, Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
The Church of the Advent – 30 Brimmer St, Boston, MA
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NTQ’s Set:
Elliott SharpApproaching the Arches of Corti
Marcelo F Lazcano – Ser
Anthony GattoPlastic Facts
Ben HjertmannSunstruck

The Advent Library Concert Series is a monthly program that presents jazz, modern, folk, ethnic, and improvised music. The Library space is intimate and enchanting, and has a great sound for small acoustic groups, especially. The series is curated by Matt Samolis.

The Concerts are at the Church Library on the corner of Mt Vernon & Brimmer Streets in Beacon Hill. Directions, parking info, and other church items may be found here: http://theadventboston.org/geninfo/direct.htm.