Explorations Vol. 5: New Thread Quartet @ 10 Years

Date: September 16, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm

NTQ presents Explorations Vol. 5: New Thread @ 10 Years, featuring works by Martin Bresnick, Malaika Paralkar, Noah Meites, Elori Saxl and Om Srivastava.


NTQ presents Explorations Vol. 5: New Thread @ 10 Years
September 16, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street, New York, NY
Tickets – $10 online and at the door

Martin Bresnick – Mending Time, co-commissioned *
Malaika Paralkar – Haze at the Edge of the Sky
Noah Meites – Fracture Mechanics, world premiere, written for NTQ
Elori Saxl – Private Life
Om Srivastava – KRIYA, world premiere, co-commissioned #

* Co-commissioned by New Thread Quartet in a consortium led by PRISM Quartet with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

# Co-commissioned by New Thread Quartet and Palmetto Quartet

New York’s most adventurous saxophone quartet celebrates 10 years of excellence-driven performance with five boundary-defying new works by American composers. Explorations Vol. 5: New Thread @ 10 Years evokes an expansive range of voices and techniques, including driving unison lines, microtonal harmonies, extended sonic palettes, complex rhythmic interplay and poetic inspirations. Following an 18-month hiatus for Covid-19, New Thread returned to the stage with renewed vigor in Spring 2022, debuting 3 exciting new programs and a new Soprano chair.

The program begins with decorated composer Martin Bresnick’s Mending Time. Co-commissioned by New Thread, Prism, and a consortium of 18 other saxophone quartets, Mending Time is a 4-movement work inspired by Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” a poignant work for the current political climate. Malaika Paralkar’s Haze at the Edge of the Sky plays with micro-tunings and decorative sonic effects. A flutist and composer from the Philadelphia area, Paralkar blurs color and key in this short work for saxophones, combining trills, multiphonics, and singing to create textural drones. In Fracture Mechanics, from LA-based composer Noah Meites, cascading unison lines with competing articulation patterns interrupt whirring multiphonic sustains, exposing cracks in the ensemble-as-machine as it drives and ultimately falters, while Elori Saxl’s Private Life explores a deeper drone world using only tenor and baritone saxophones. KRIYA, a New Thread co-commission from composer Om Srivastava, is heavily inspired by rhythms from the North Indian tabla tradition. Sanskrit for “action,” KRIYA refers to a set of practices regarding breath control techniques in yoga, in this case testing the players in passages of lengthy, sweeping lines, and guiding the listener through a wild adventure.

August 30, 2022

thingNY vs. Nick Brooke // Coffey Street Warehouse, Brooklyn

Date: September 4, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm

After a couple years of projects realized online and through the US mail, thingNY is returning to live performance! We will be presenting a brand new program on Sunday, September 4 in Red Hook.

August 23, 2022

TIME:SPANS – Talea Ensemble

Date: August 28, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 27, 2022  // 7:30 pm

450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Igor Santos
portrait IO, 2020*
* US premiere

Katherine Balch
drip music, (2019, arr. 2021)*
* world premiere

Rebecca Saunders
Skin, 2015-16*
* US premiere
with Juliet Fraser, soprano


TALEA Ensemble

James Baker, conductor

Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute
Michelle Farah, oboe
Rane Moore, clarinet
Erin Rogers, saxophone
Nicolee Kuester, horn
Sam Jones, trumpet
Stephen Gosling, piano
Steven Beck, piano
William Schimmel, accordion
Matthew Gold, percussion
Clara Warnaar, percussion
Nuiko Wadden, harp
Karen Kim, violin
Leah Asher, violin
Hannah Levinson, viola
Christopher Gross, cello
Mosa Tsay, cello
Greg Chudzik, bass
Yaron Deutsch, electric guitar
Juliet Fraser, soprano
Daniel Neumann, electronics

Victoria Cheah, production

Concert duration: approximately one hour

August 23, 2022

CCI presents Popebama @Scholes Street, Brooklyn

Date: July 21, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm

Popebama is back at the annual Collaborative Composition Initiative (CCI) hosted by Unheard-of//Ensemble. As part of CCI’s intensive 5 day workshop from July 20-25th, Popebama will give a live, in-person performance preceded by a solo set from cellist Iva Casian-Lakos.

July 21, 2022 // 8pm ET
Concert performance by Popebama – FREE + open to the public
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Livestream link: coming soon!

Program: new works written by and for Popebama:
Maintenance Hum by Dennis Sullivan
Hack it! by Paul Pinto
Mouth Organ by Popebama
Mazyrinth by Seong Ae Kim
Basket Case by Erin Rogers
Showdown by Popebama

July 15, 2022

On View in Brooklyn // Kamratōn (2/2)

Date: July 9, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Join Kamratōn in NYC! The Pittsburgh-based new music ensemble will be performing 2 nights in-a-row in July. Program includes the live performance of On View, my 2020 work for the ensemble, commissioned by the Barlow Endowment.
July 8 & 9, 2022, 7pm
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Tickets $15 HERE
Can’t join in-person? Catch the stream here:
Concert Program
Curtis Rumrill: In This Styrofoam Room
Max Johnson: Spangled Dots
Liz Gre: Miniatures
Yaz Lancaster: pearl, eels, 2178, and bootlace
Erin Rogers: On View
Anna Louise-Walton: Basket of Figs
Nicole Mitchell: Symbology
Elizabeth Brown: Wild Apples
June 25, 2022