This week I had to pleasure of visiting Montclair State University for a reading session of Miguel Bolivar’s Concertino for alto saxophone and wind ensemble. Years in the making, it was incredibly to finally play through all three movements with a full ensemble. Congrats to Miguel on a fantastic piece and a huge thanks to conductor Thomas McCauley and the Montclair State University Wind Symphony!
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 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.
Announcing Elliott Sharp’s new album Tranzience on New World Records, with New Thread Quartet’s 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.
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!
I’m please to share Devin Gray’s new album Fashionable Pop Music will release on Friday May 13! For much of the past year I’ve been working on editing/producing Fashionable Pop Music. The project began as a series of improvised studio sessions that Devin brought to me. Since then we’ve gone through a variety of versions as we condense down the material into an A Side/B Side album. It’s been a blast and I’m very please with the results. I hope you’ll check it out!
Grab a copy, available Friday May 13: http://devingraymusic.com