photo: Aleks Karjaka, Merkin Concert Hall

photo: Aleks Karjaka, Merkin Concert Hall

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Based in New York City, Erin Rogers is a composer, saxophonist, and performance artist dedicated to new and experimental music.

Her works have been performed internationally, 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 available on Gold Bolus Recordings. Her chamber works have been premiered by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, LoadbangAnubis Quartet, thingNY, Lost Dog Ensemble, IKTUS Percussion, Ogni SuonoProject FusionColin Davin, and the Warszynski Trio, in venues such as Merkin Concert HallRoulette, Symphony Space, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her solo performance piece, inspired by pioneering punk-feminist icon Lydia Lunch, was featured at the 2016 Prototype Festival’s “Out-of-Bounds”. 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 premiered at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Her music has been featured on New Music Edmonton’s Now Hear This Festival, the Queens New Music Festival, and the Guitars International Guitar Festival.

Erin performs with the International Contemporary EnsembleMusic 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 Bowling Green State University‘s ‘Music at the Forefront,’ series, Kent State University‘s ‘Vanguard Series,’ Illinois State University, University of Kentucky, The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), Oberlin ConservatoryVersipel New Music (New Orleans), Arkansas State University, and the SIU Guitar Festival. 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), and the first annual VU Symposium in Park City, Utah. 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 BallroomJoe’s PubCake 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 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.” 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 4 seasons, the quartet has commissioned and premiered 14 new works by composers such as Richard Carrick, Scott WollschlegerBen Hjertmann, and Kathryn Salfelder, with upcoming commissions from Max GrafeTaylor Brook, and Adam Mirza. Based in New York City, New Thread has performed at Carnegie Hall, RouletteDance 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 AgocsHymn 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 RecordsNTQ has conducted masterclasses, residencies, and performances for student saxophonists and composers at Peabody Conservatory, Bronx Community College, Aaron Copland School (Queens College), 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 LilliosJohn Sampen, Marilyn ShrudeWilliam 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.

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photo: Aleks Karjaka

photo: Aleks Karjaka, Merkin Concert Hall

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photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

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photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

photo: Aleksandr Karjaka

Short Bio:

Erin Rogers is a Canadian 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 2016 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