photo: Aleks Karjaka, Merkin Concert Hall

photo: Aleks Karjaka, Merkin Concert Hall

Long Bio:

Based in New York City, Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American composer, saxophonist, and performance artist dedicated to new and experimental music. Named a “rising star” (Broadway World), her music has been described as “whimsical, theatrical” (Brooklyn Vegan), “a wild ride” (An Earful), “as chilling as it is funny” (Lucid Culture) and “so complex, it’s primitive.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Her works explore the intersection of chamber music, sound alchemy, and theatre, using human elements such as vocals, improvisation, and performance practice to inform timbre, gesture, and theme, moving freely between acoustic and electronic worlds.

Erin’s works have been performed at Lincoln CenterCarnegie HallRouletteThe Knockdown CenterCleveland Institute of Music and Merkin Hall, by ensembles such as mise-en, Loadbang, Stony Brook Contemporary Players, Versipel, Hypercube, thingNY, and Nief-Norf, with recent commissions from the 2018 MATA Festival, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, and Decoder Ensemble (Hamburg). Her work has crossed genres from theatre-to-installation-to-silence, through collaborations with Orange TheatrePanoply Performance LaboratoryHarvestworks, and Music for Contemplation. Internationally, her music has been featured at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Museum Concert Hall, Taiwan; The Edmonton Fringe Festival, Le Cité Universitaire, Paris; and the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland. Her work Trajectories for 5 vocal-instrumentalists was featured on the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, covered by the cast of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, and is currently available on Gold Bolus Recordings. Her solo performance piece, inspired by pioneering punk-feminist icon Lydia Lunch, was featured at the 2017 Prototype Festival’s “Out-of-Bounds” with solo performances at HERE Arts Center, the original Max’s Kansas City, and Trump Hotel SoHo in a statement of political protest. Her JFund commissioned work, Mother Earth, was premiered by Andrea Lee Smith and the New Thread Quartet at Carnegie Hall. Her music has been featured on the SPLICE FestivalFrench Quarter Festival (New Orleans), Continuum Music Festival (Memphis), Queens New Music Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Re:Sound Festival (Cleveland), Guitars International Guitar FestivalBowling Green New Music Festival, the mise-en Festival (NYC), the Nief-Norf Summer Festival (Knoxville), and the Charlotte New Music Festival.

Erin has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)Music from Copland House, wild Up, mise-enBrooklyn Youth Chorus, and is a core member and co-artistic director of the ensembles: thingNYNew Thread QuartetHYPERCUBE, and Popebama. Her group HYPERCUBE (saxophone, electric guitar, piano, and percussion) specializes in “fearless and flawless” performances of challenging, cutting-edge repertoire, with a “sense of ensemble that is not to be rivaled.” (Sequenza 21). HYPERCUBE has been featured on Pittsburgh’s Music on the Edge SeriesBowling Green State‘s ‘Forefront,’ Series, Wichita State’s Connoisseur Series/New Voices FestivalKent State University‘s ‘Vanguard Series,’  The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), Oberlin Conservatory, Arkansas State University, Garrick Theatre Bonavista (Canada), the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and (le) poisson rouge, with residencies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) and Charlotte New Music Festival. Her overly-adrenalized, experimental duo Popebama with percussionist Dennis Sullivan, landed on the scene in 2016 with performances in Brooklyn (Permutations, Home Audio), the first annual VU Symposium in Park City, Utah, the 2017 New Music Gathering, and the 2018 SPLICE Festival (University of Western Michigan), with a featured appearance at the 2018 NASA Biennial Conference in Cincinnati alongside acclaimed jazz artist, Branford Marsalis. Erin has worked extensively with the Wandelweiser group Music for Contemplation as performer, composer, and recording artist, and has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and guest artist, from solo recitals in France to cover bands in Australia. As band member and instrumental arranger, Erin has performed with indie pop sensations Helado Negro, Mansour, and Sweet Soubrette, and can be heard at NYC live music venues such as Bowery BallroomRough TradeCake ShopThe Bitter EndPete’s Candy Store, and Joe’s Pub.

Erin is saxophonist and co-artistic director of theatrically-charged experimental ensemble, thingNY. Called an “inventive new music cabal” by Time Out New York, thingNY has brought their blend of performance art and improvisation to theatres, concert halls, art galleries, and DIY venues around New York including Roulette, the Brick TheatrePowerhouse ArenaMerkin Concert HallMetropolitan Museum of Art, Issue Project Room, and The Stone, as well as various historical homes throughout and beyond the metro area as part of their traveling concert/sound installation, IN HOUSE. thingNY has held residencies at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and Flushing Town Hall, for their mass call-for-scores SPAM project, and has been featured in the Made HERE documentary series. New Music Box hailed thingNY’s first album, the eccentrically excessive opera ADDDDDDDDD, as “rapidfire… pulseracing… all consuming” (New Music Box). Their production, This Takes Place Close By, is a powerful operatic work on the topic of storms, for multiple actors, readers and musicians. Developed at Incubator Arts and Standard Toykraft, and toured throughout the East Coast and Canada, the opera received its official premiere in September, 2015 at Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot space in Maspeth, Queens, featuring a “stunningly effective mélange of singing, acting, electronics, and extended vocal techniques.” (I Care If You Listen). thingNY’s second album, minis/Trajectories, featuring works by Paul Pinto and Erin Rogers, was released in fall of 2016. Erin made her piano debut in November 2017, as part of HERE Art Center’s production of Pinto’s Thomas Paine in Violence, directed by Rick Burkhardt, in association with thingNY.

Erin is co-founder and core member of the New Thread Quartet, an “adventurous, rule-breaking” (Matt Mendez, NewMusicBox), ensemble of elite musicians, formed with the mission to develop and perform impactful new music for the saxophone, and to provide high level ensemble playing to feature today’s compositional voices.  Formed in 2011, the quartet has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works by composers such as Richard Carrick, Scott Wollschleger, James IlgenfritzKathryn Salfelder, and Taylor Brook. Based in New York City, New Thread has performed at Carnegie Hall, RouletteDance Theatre of Harlem, The Stone, 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 the premiere recording of Elliott Sharp‘s seminal work Approaching the Arches of Corti for 4 soprano saxophones, available on New World RecordsNTQ has conducted masterclasses, residencies, and performances for student saxophonists and composers at Peabody Conservatory, Bronx Community College, Aaron Copland School (Queens College), Montclair State University and NYU. New Thread is a presenting partner of Composers Now.

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Erin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and, in 2005, received master’s degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University. Her major teachers were Mikel Kuehn, Elainie LilliosJohn Sampen, Marilyn ShrudeWilliam H. Street, Laurie Radford and Howard Bashaw. Erin was a featured guest artist at the annual Taiwan Saxophone Camp in Taipei, Taiwan and a featured guest composer at the Cleveland Institute of MusicCharlotte New Music Festival, and The Walden School. She has given lectures/masterclasses at Peabody Conservatory, Sarah Lawrence College, Montclair State University, Kent State University, and Illinois State University.

From 2006-2017, Erin was production manager at Peermusic Classical, located in midtown Manhattan. She served as board member of the Music Publisher’s Association from 2013-2017. Founded in 1895, the MPA is the oldest music trade organization in the United States.

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photo: Aleks Karjaka

photo: Aleks Karjaka, Merkin Concert Hall

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photo: Aleks Karjaka

photo: Dennis Sullivan

photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

photo: Nelson Rockwood

photo: Nelson Rockwood

photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

photo: Nelson Rockwood

photo: Nelson Rockwood

 

photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

Short Bio:

Based in New York City, Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American composer, saxophonist, and performance artist dedicated to new and experimental music. Named a “rising star” (Broadway World), her music has been described as “whimsical, theatrical” (Brooklyn Vegan), “a wild ride” (An Earful), and “so complex, it’s primitive.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Her works have been presented at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s NYPL Series, Roulette, the Knockdown Center, and the Ecstatic Music Festival by ensembles such as mise-en, Loadbang, Hypercube, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Nief-Norf, crossing genres from theatre-to-installation-to-silence, through collaborations with Orange Theatre, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Harvestworks, Decoder (Hamburg) and Music for Contemplation. Her music has been featured on the French Quarter Festival (New Orleans), Continuum Music Festival (Memphis), Nief-Norf Summer Festival (Knoxville), Edmonton Fringe Festival (Canada), Charlotte New Music Festival, SPLICE Festival (Kalamazoo), Bowling Green New Music Festival, and the mise-en Festival (NYC). She has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Copland House, wild Up, and mise-en, and is co-artistic director of the experimental performance ensembles: thingNY, New Thread Saxophone Quartet, Hypercube, and experimental duo, Popebama. Erin was a showcased performance artist on the 2017 Prototype Festival “Out-of-Bounds.” www.erinmrogers.com