New Thread Quartet: Electric Sax Vol. 1 // National Opera Center

Date: June 21, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm

New Thread Quartet: Electric Sax Vol. 1

Workings and Re-Workings
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 7pm
Marc A. Scorca Hall, National Opera Center
330 7th Ave, 7th Flr, NYC
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New Thread Quartet performs previous collaborations with new twists by Aron Dahl, Dennis K. Sullivan II, Ebun Oguntola, Becky Brown, and Ben Luca Robertson.
New York’s most adventurous saxophone quartet returns to the stage to present an hour of ensemble + electro-acoustic works. A residency at the University of Virginia in 2018 led to collaborations with composers Becky Brown and Ben Luca Robertson, whose works New Thread will revisit for this concert. In addition, New Thread presents re-castings of works by Aron Dahl, Ebun Oguntola, and Dennis Sullivan. In true New Thread fashion, the program features novel sounds and inspirations: from emotions researcher, Brené Brown, to garden snakes, the deeply personal to the abstract. Electric Sax Vol. 1: Workings and Re-Workings is the first offering of what will be an annual multimedia performance concert by New Thread Quartet.

Becky Brown’s some favored gem for saxophone quartet and fixed media (2018) explores the distinction between shame and guilt proposed by Brené Brown, equating phrases from Bréne Brown’s TED Talks to melodic fragments to express challenging emotional states. Ben Luca Robertson’s Opheodrys uses an interactive score to direct the performers through nested microtonal layers. The result is a thickly vibrating web of sound that evokes the chaotic and glacially-shifting environment the green snake inhabits. Aron Dahl wrote Fluid Interference for soprano saxophone, Buchla Music Easel, and video in 2022. A project that has been described as meditative, queer, and beautiful, Dahl’s new adaptation for quartet promises an immersive sonic and visual experience that extends and deepens this expressive work. Ebun Oguntola’s Interim, was composed for a trio of saxophones + electronics featuring the players of New Thread. Oguntola received the Composers Now: First Commission Award in January 2022 to compose this work, and to encourage artistic potential and creative development. This will be the first in-person performance.

Dennis K. Sullivan, II’s As Above, So Below (2018/2023) is three movement work for amplified saxophone quartet with fixed media, transducer/object installation, lighting and custom built light reactive circuits. The piece draws on practices from Sullivan’s own output as a percussionist, electronics performer and instrument builder. As well as for their contemporary playing techniques, Sullivan uses the saxophones as a conical amplifier for all sorts of harsh and abrasive noise provided by the electronics. In turn, the electronics function as an extension of the saxophones and sometimes, an ensemble all to themselves. Sullivan wrote the first movement in 2018, and added two additional movements to premiere in this performance.

New Thread Quartet is delighted to be joined by saxophonist Eric Troiano on alto saxophone. A guest artist at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Great Plains Saxophone Workshop, among others, Troiano is also a founding member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet. The VSQ won top prizes in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. Troiano is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Ithaca College.

New Thread Quartet ensemble members are Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (soprano saxophone), Erin Rogers (tenor saxophone) and Zach Herchen (baritone saxophone). NTQ will be joined by guest artist Eric Troiano (alto saxophone).

This concert is presented by New Thread Quartet and is open to the public. Tickets are $10 online and at the door.


May 23, 2023

Popebama @ Yarn/Wire Institute 2023 // Staller Center for the Arts

Date: June 20, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm

Popebama (Erin Rogers + Dennis Sullivan) gives a masterclass and evening performance at Yarn/Wire‘s  2023 Institute

Tues, Jun 20, 2023
Masterclass 3-4:30pm
Concert 7pm
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook University, NY
More info HERE

June 20, 2023

Album Release: ‘Earth’s Precisions’ w/ Alec Goldfarb // Infrequent Seams

Date: June 9, 2023

Friday, June 9th on Infrequent Seams
Available for pre-order on BANDCAMP

Erin Rogers, saxophones; Alec Goldfarb, guitar 
Alec Goldfarb and I have been building a sound and process over the past 3 years. Our work together has greatly expanded my understanding of timbre, blend, function, and form, and I believe we’ve found a space here that is both lyrically rich and deeply expressive. This album is inspired by a strong lineage of guitar/saxophone duos — from Fred Frith and Anthony Braxton to Tim Berne and Bill Frisell (+ many more). Take a listen to our opening track feat. alto + guitar & throw us a preorder! Full album drops on Infrequent Seams June 9.

Recorded at Blooming Lightways Studios by Jonah Rosenberg
Mixed by Jonah Rosenberg
Mastered by Elliott Sharp
Cover Design by Dustin Krcatovich/Golden Feelings

May 23, 2023

Popebama @Nief-Norf // Knoxville

Date: June 6, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm

Popebama (Erin Rogers + Dennis Sullivan) perform at Norf Space as part of the 2023 Nief-Norf Summer Festival.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 // 4:30pm
Nief-Norf Summer Festival
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
Natalie L Haslam Music Center
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

Free & Open to the public
More Info HERE

June 11, 2023

Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Date: June 1, 2023

Join us in Knoxville, TN June 1-13, 2023 for exciting concerts of new music!

More info HERE

May 23, 2023