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Explorations Vol. 2: New Works for Saxophone
DiMenna Center for Classical Music
New York, NY
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Explorations Vol. 2: New Works for Saxophone

New Thread Quartet's second annual Explorations concert explores new music for saxophones, pushing the ensemble beyond its traditional boundaries.

Explorations Vol. 2 features hyper-modern works by four next-generation compositional voices, with a common theme of "Innovation through Notation". Karst by Max Grafe charts the dramatic and musical implications of an initial explosive event - a cataclysmic or traumatic occurrence  followed by an exploration of sharply contrasting, but interrelated musical characters. A shout to the Belgian saxophone player and bandleader, Fud Candrix, Taylor Brook's Flux Candrix toys with musical quotation and stylistic allusion. Adam Mirza explores the highest registers of the instrument, in a new work titled In In In Out, while Chris Fisher-Lochhead showcases the versatility and power of the modern saxophone in Blissing Out  a work notated entirely in tablature.

Max Grafe - Karst *world premiere
Taylor Brook - Flux Candrix *world premiere
Chris Fisher-Lochhead - Blissing Out
Adam Mirza - In In In Out *world premiere

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About New Thread Quartet:
New Thread Quartet was formed with the mission to develop and perform impactful new music for the saxophone, and to provide high level ensemble playing to feature todays compositional voices. In 5 seasons, the quartet has commissioned and premiered over 20 new works by composers such as Richard Carrick, Ben Hjertmann, Scott Wollschleger and Kathryn Salfelder, with upcoming commissions from Max Grafe, Taylor Brook and Monte Weber. Based in New York City, New Thread has performed at Carnegie Hall, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Roulette, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival Benefit, and Monadnock Music, and has performed or recorded more than 30 important works for saxophone quartet including Kati Agóc's Hymn on New England Conservatorys Composer Series at Jordan Hall, a revival of Michael Djupstrom's 2001 work Test at Arizona State Universitys Katzin Concert Hall, and the premiere recording of Elliott Sharps seminal work Approaching the Arches of Corti for 4 soprano saxophones, now available on New World Records.

NTQ has a track record of working closely with composers in a workshop environment during the formation of new works and encourages composer attendance at rehearsals. The quartet strives for multiple performances of newly commissioned works in attempt to bring new music to different audiences as often as possible. Following its premiere in 2012 at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, Richard Carricks work Harmonixity received over a dozen public performances by New Thread.

The quartet encourages young composers to create new works for saxophones through an open submission policy, conducting reading/feedback sessions throughout the year. NTQ has conducted masterclasses, residencies, and performances for student saxophonists and composers at Peabody Conservatory, Bronx Community College, Aaron Copland School (Queens College), and NYU.

In high demand and recognized for its performance excellence, NTQ has received support from The Aaron Copland Fund, the Cary New Music Performance Fund, New Music USA, the FROMM Foundation, and the Queens Council on the Arts. NTQ is a presenting partner of Composers Now. Ensemble members are Geoffrey Landman (soprano saxophone), Kristen McKeon (alto saxophone), Erin Rogers (tenor saxophone) and Zach Herchen (baritone saxophone).


DiMenna Center for Classical Music (View)
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
United States


Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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