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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

Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium

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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.

Eavesdropping on April 17

Eavesdropping

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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Program:
Ophir Ilzetzki – Ambience
Monte Weber – Lucidity (with soprano Alize Rozsnyai)
Erin Rogers – Mother Earth (with flutist Andrea Lee Smith)
Matthew Burtner – Incantation S4-X

Live 45 at Spectrum – March 5

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NTQ is exciting 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.

Harvestworks Workshop

Harvestworks

I’m joining composer Mike Sperone for a workshop at Harvestworks on music with live electronics. We’ll be talking about his new piece for me “Saxophone Solo for Solo Saxophone” for alto sax and Max. The events starts at 7pm with a performance of the piece around 7:30pm.

Tuesday, Oct 6 @ 7pm
Harvestworks- 596 Broadway New York, NY
FREE

Darlene Love album release

Darlene Love Album Release

I had a blast playing saxes/flute in the backing band for Darlene Love’s album release event. We got to share the stage with legends Darlene Love, Steven Van Zandt, and Paul Schaffer! Go check our her new record “Introducing Darlene Love”.