NTQ brings UVA to Spectrum

This Sunday, NTQ brings exciting new student compositions from our recent UVA residency to the big apple with a performance at Spectrum. The concert program includes innovative compositions with graphic scores, computer directed microtonal pitches, lighting cues and more.

Sunday, Feb 18 @ 7pm
Spectrum NYC – 70 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$10 door
http://www.newthreadquartet.com/events/uva-spectrum/
music by Aaron Stepp, Rachel Devorah, Rebecca Brown, Alex Christie, Heather Mease, Christopher Luna-Mega, Ben Luca Robertson, Eli Stine

NTQ visits University of Mary Washington

In early February we had the pleasure of visiting the University of Mary Washington for a reading session and discussion with their students Bethel Mahoney, Caroline Flynn, Drake Dragone, Luke Payne, and Sam Bradshaw. It was fantastic to perform their music and talk about writing for saxophone! We spent the afternoon recording Professor Michael Bratt’s Exchanges in the Dead of Night in the university’s studio.

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NTQ residency at University of Virginia

New Thread Quartet had a blast visiting UVA’s McIntire Department of Music for a 4-day residency this month. We rehearsed, performed, and recording music by PhD students in the Composition & Computer Technologies program. Their compositions spanned an incredible range of ideas and styles including font-based notation, computer directed composition with just intonation, LED light controlled performance instructions, polyphonic voice/sax glissandi, and more. Thanks to Ryan Muncy for sitting in with use for the visit and congratulations to composers Aaron Stepp, Rachel Devorah, Rebecca Brown, Alex Christie, Heather Mease, Christopher Luna-Mega, Ben Luca Robertson, and Eli Stine!

Concertino reading at Montclair State University

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!