Based in New York City, Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American composer, saxophonist, and performance artist dedicated to new and experimental music.
Her works have been premiered by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Loadbang, Anubis Quartet, thingNY, Lost Dog Ensemble, IKTUS Percussion, Ogni Suono, Project Fusion, and Colin Davin, in venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Roulette, Symphony Space, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Internationally, her chamber music has been featured at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Museum Concert Hall, Taiwan; Le Cité Universitaire, Paris; and the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, with a growing number of performances each year. Her work Trajectories for 5 vocal-instrumentalists was performed for New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, featured in 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. In 2013, Erin was awarded a Jerome Fund Commission from the American Composers Forum for Mother Earth, a work for flute, saxophone quartet and electronics, that she premiered, alongside Andrea Smith and the New Thread Quartet at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Her music has been featured on New Music Edmonton’s Now Hear This Festival, French Quarter Festival (New Orleans), Queens New Music Festival, Guitars International Guitar Festival and the 2017 mise-en Festival.
Erin performs with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Music from Copland House, wild Up, mise-en, thingNY, New Thread Quartet, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. 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 Series at the Andy Warhol Museum, Bowling Green State University‘s ‘Music at the Forefront,’ Series, Wichita State’s Connoisseur Series/New Voices Festival, Kent State University‘s ‘Vanguard Series,’ The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), Oberlin Conservatory, Versipel New Music (New Orleans), Arkansas State University, Garrick Theatre Bonavista, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Acadia University in Nova Scotia, with a recent residency at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM). Her overly-adrenalized, experimental duo Popebama, with percussionist Dennis Sullivan, landed on the scene in 2016 with performances in Brooklyn (Permutations), Salt Lake City (Diabolical Records), the first annual VU Symposium in Park City, Utah, and the 2017 New Music Gathering. 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 sensations Helado Negro, and Sweet Soubrette, and can be heard at NYC live music venues such as Bowery Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, Cake Shop, The Bitter End, Pete’s Candy Store, and Le Poisson Rouge.
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 Theatre, Powerhouse Arena, Merkin Concert Hall, Metropolitan 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.” Their recent 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 is co-founder and tenor saxophonist 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. In 6 seasons, the quartet has commissioned and premiered over 20 new works by composers such as Richard Carrick, Scott Wollschleger, Ben Hjertmann, and Kathryn Salfelder, with upcoming commissions from Max Grafe, Taylor Brook, and Adam Mirza. Based in New York City, New Thread has performed at Carnegie Hall, Roulette, Dance Theatre of Harlem, 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 Agocs‘ Hymn on New England Conservatory’s Composer Series at Jordan Hall, a revival of Michael Djupstrom‘s 2001 work Test at Arizona State University’s Katzin Concert Hall, and the premiere recording of Elliott Sharp‘s seminal work Approaching the Arches of Corti for 4 soprano saxophones, available on New World Records. NTQ 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 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. 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 Lillios, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, William H. Street, Laurie Radford and Howard Bashaw. A featured guest artist at the annual Taiwan Saxophone Camp in Taipei, Taiwan. Erin has given lectures/masterclasses at Peabody Conservatory, Sarah Lawrence College, Kent State University, and Illinois State University.
In 2006, Erin joined the publishing team at Peermusic Classical, located in midtown Manhattan. Erin is Treasurer of the Music Publisher’s Association. Founded in 1895, the MPA is the oldest music trade organization in the United States.
Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American saxophonist, composer and performance artist based in New York City. Her works have been performed by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Loadbang, Anubis Quartet, thingNY, Lost Dog Ensemble, IKTUS Percussion, Project Fusion, and Madrid’s Tribuna Sax-Ensemble. She has played with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Copland House, wild Up, and mise-en, and is co-artistic director of the experimental performance ensemble, thingNY, and founding member of the New Thread Saxophone Quartet and Hypercube. In 2013, Erin was awarded a Jerome Fund Commission from the American Composers Forum for Mother Earth, a work for flute, sax quartet and electronics, that premiered at Carnegie Hall. Her work Trajectories was featured at the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, and she was a showcased performance artist on the 2017 Prototype Festival “Out-of-Bounds.” Erin completed undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and received Masters Degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University. www.erinmrogers.com