NTQ plays Bang on a Can fundraiser

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New Thread Quartet is excited to be performing at Bang on a Can’s Summer Festival Benefit Party! I was fortunate to attend the festival last summer and it was completely amazing. I mean really. Completely amazing! Please help support the festival.

NTQ 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: http://bangonacan.org/give/summer_festival_benefit_party_2014

New Thread at NASA

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About a week ago I hit up my first NASA conference! That’s North American Saxophone Alliance…. not the space program. I went with New Thread Quartet to Michael Djupstrom’s Test and premiere Marcelo F. Lazcano’s Ser. It was really great to hear all the amazing performances throughout the weekend. Plus, I got to catch up with a bunch of saxophone and composer friends!

ACA show and talk with David Froom

This Friday I’ll be performing two solo pieces on the American Composers Alliance concert “Out Front”. The event is also part of February’s Composers Now Festival 2014, which takes place throughout NYC. I’ve been working hard on Marilyn Shrude’s Visions In Metaphor and David Froom’s Flying High over the past 2 months. Recently I had to chance to work with David at his home and we recorded a conversation about his music, building a career, and composition.

Fri Feb 14, 7pm
Tenri Cultural Institute of New York – 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Event info and tickets: http://composers.com/event/solo-works-concert-friday-feb-14th-tenri-cultural-institute-nyc-2-sets-starting-7pm

Anthony Gatto’s “Wise Blood”

During the end of 2013 New Thread Quartet worked with Anthony Gatto to record a draft of the last 12 minutes of his new opera “Wise Blood’. Based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood is commissioned by the Minneapolis arts exhibition space, The Soap Factory. The opera will run for a projected 70 minutes, as part of an on-going film and sculpture installation made in collaboration with media artist, and University of Minnesota professor, Chris Larson. The opera will premiere in May 2015.

Performers on the recording:
Gelsey Bell, soprano
Geoffrey Landman, soprano saxophone
Kristen McKeon, alto saxophone
Erin Rogers, tenor saxophone
Zach Herchen, baritone saxophone
Will Lang, tenor trombone, bass trombone
James Rogers, euphonium, tuba

2013 All About Downtown Street Fair

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Con Vivo will be playing a set at the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s Third Annual “All About Downtown” Street Fair. The fair runs 11am-6pm with savor tasty treats from the hottest area food trucks, a jam-packed music line-up, and shopping handmade wares from over 100 vendors lining Newark Ave. Plus, there will be plenty of activities for kids!

We’ll be performing Terry Riley’s landmark piece “In C” with a range of instrumentalists. We hope to see you there!

FREE!
Time: 11:50am-12:25pm
Place: the fair’s performance stage, at the intersection of Newark Ave and Barrow St