June 2 – Not Less Than the Good

On June 2 New Thread Quartet is premiering our next big project: Not Less Than the Good. This 60-minute piece is written by David Morneau for the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. Not Less Than the Good is an hour-long musical sunrise, simulated by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers, field recordings of early morning hours at Walden Pond, and excerpts from Walden – a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment – performed by poet J. D. McClatchy.

Not Less Than the Good
for saxophone quartet, synthesizer, recorded sounds, and narration
performed by New Thread Quartet, David Morneau (synthesizer), and J.D. McClatchy (pre-recorded narration)
June 2, 7:30pm at The Morgan Library in New York City

2017 Kicking in Strong!

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted to the blog! 2016 wrapped up and 2017 kicked in. Before I knew it, here we are in late May. I thought I’d update things with a few highlights from the past months:

May 17 – I returned to the stage with The Dream Unfinished to perform Evan WilliamsRocksteady for solo alto saxophone.

May 6 – Con Vivo Music performed a Debussy Portrait Concert in Jersey City. I finally got to perform a piece from college: Debussy’s Rapsodie, which was a total blast.

April 20 – New Thread Quartet presented Explorations Vol 2, a collection of (mostly) commissioned works by some incredible composers we’ve been working closely with. It was jam packed hall at DiMenna Center and surely a concert season highlight for NTQ!

March 10 – New Thread Quartet were guest artists at Bridgewater State University’s NASA Region 8 conference. We gave a masterclass on contemporary performance, a panel discussion on managing a chamber group, and performed some of our latest rep.

Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium


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.

Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium
Thursday, September 15 @ 8:00pm
Roulette – 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $20/$15 online, $25/20 door
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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.

NTQ Explorations Vol 1


New Thread Quartet recently celebrated our 5h anniversary by kicking off an annual concert series called Explorations. The program featured lots of new music, including live electronics and video, 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!