Premiere of Hjertmann’s Sunstruck

New Thread Quartet is excited to share our premiere performance of Ben Hjertmann’s Sunstruck! This commission resulted in a wonderful 30 minute piece that makes use of vibrant chords, microtones, and multiple vibrato techniques in a varied soundscape.

To learn more about Sunstruck, watch our pre-performance chat with Ben:

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page:

NTQ Recital, Premiere of “Sunstruck”


This Sunday is New Thread Quartet’s big premiere of Ben Hjertmann’s Sunstruck, a 30 minute contemplative microtonal work focused on the idea of intuition. Ben will give a pre-performance talk about his composition at the concert. In case you missed it, check out our live stream chat with Ben on YouTube.

FREE and presented by Con Vivo Music
NTQ recital featuring the premiere of Hjertmann’s Sunstruck
Sunday, Sept 28, 5:00pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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Ben Hjertmann: Sunstruck *world premiere
Michael Djupstrom: Test
Marcelo Lazcano: Ser
Roberto Kalb: Ryden Scenes

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit NTQ’s project page:
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“Sunstruck” by Ben Hjertmann


New Thread Quartet 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 at 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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New Thread + Iktus Duo


New Thread Quartet is headed to Jersey City tomorrow for a fun double bill show with Iktus Duo! This concert is presented by Con Vivo Music. NTQ 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.”

Friday, Sept 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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)

Con Vivo plays Groove on Grove


I’m pumped to be putting together a cool 2 hour show for Con Vivo at Groove on Grove later this month! We’ve got an amazing new electric guitar piece, music based on glaciers, and a repeat performance of Tierkreis.

Groove on Grove
Wed July 23, 6-8pm
more details at Con Vivo’s event page

6-7pm Set
Stone Guitars by Richard Carrick – 11 movements of densely layered electric guitars described as nostalgic, raw, direct, meditative, bold, evocative, and micro-tonally dense
(available on iTunes)

7-8pm Set
Cascades by Erik DeLuca – a meditative piece based on a month-long audio recording of a glacier
Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen – we reprise our performance of this epic semi-improvised piece based on the 12 zodiac signs!

Zach Herchen – woodwinds
Mazz Swift – violin with effects
Dan Lippel – electric guitar
Richard Carrick – electric guitar
Stephanie Richards – trumpet
Jason Belcher – trombone
Sarah McKittrick – bassoon
Mike Sperone – glockenspiel and hand percussion

2014 Cary Awardee: NTQ

New Thread Quartet is 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.