New Thread Quartet was 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, Ben Hjertmann, and Kathryn Salfelder, with upcoming commissions from Scott Wollschleger, Ryan Pratt, and Max Grafe. Based in New York City, New Thread has performed at Carnegie Hall, 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, to be released on New World Records in 2016.
NTQ has a track record of working closely with composers in a workshop environment during the formation of new works and encourages composer attendance at rehearsals. The quartet strives for multiple performances of newly commissioned works in attempt to bring new music to different audiences as often as possible. Following its premiere in 2012 at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, Richard Carrick’s work Harmonixity has received nearly a dozen public performances by NTQ to date.
The quartet encourages young composers to create new works for saxophones through an open submission policy, conducting reading/feedback sessions throughout the year. NTQ has conducted masterclasses, residencies, and performances for student saxophonists and composers at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, Bronx Community College, Aaron Copland School (Queens College), and NYU.
In high demand and recognized for its performance excellence, NTQ 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. NTQ is a presenting partner of Composers Now. Ensemble members are Geoffrey Landman (soprano saxophone), Kristen McKeon (alto saxophone), Erin Rogers (tenor saxophone) and Zach Herchen (baritone saxophone).
For more information, visit: www.newthreadquartet.com
Geoffrey Landman (soprano)
Kristen McKeon (alto) – Originally from the greater Philadelphia area, Kristen currently resides in Queens, New York. She has performed and lectured primarily as a chamber musician and clinician, and is thrilled to be working as a Product Specialist for D’Addario and Company, Inc./Rico Reeds in Long Island—focusing on advanced product development, music education outreach, and artist relations for Rico. In August, 2010, she completed a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the instruction of world renowned saxophonist, Otis Murphy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied with Lynn Klock. Major performances have included several appearances at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the New England Saxophone Symposium, a world premiere of Gabriel Lubell’s He Guards the Vision of the Sunset Sky for Solo Saxophone and String Quintet at the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference (Athens, Georgia), and a performance at the 2009 Aeolus International Wind Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Erin Rogers (tenor) – Erin Rogers is a composer and performer based in New York City. Her works have been programmed throughout North America, Europe and Asia with recent performances by the Gotham Ensemble, Anubis Quartet, Jessica Mathaes, Lost Dog Ensemble, IKTUS Quartet, Ursula, and the Warszynski Trio.
Erin is a founding member of thingNY www.thingNY.com, an exciting new music collective, comprised of composers, instrumentalists and singers. The New Yorker’s Alex Ross described thingNY as “striking an attitude of resistance to mainstream culture,” oscillating between the “sweeter sounds” and the “punishingly loud”. Debuting in October 2006, the new music uber-group has gone on to produce five seasons of experimental music including a radio play by Beckett, a multi-media opera, a comic book album, dozens of premieres, and a complete explanation of TIME.
Erin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and received masters degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University.
Zach Herchen (baritone) – Based in New York City, saxophonist Zach Herchen performs contemporary, jazz, and rock music. He has premiered dozens of pieces ranging from Japanese noise rock to jazz tone poems to multimedia works. Recently Zach released his first CD, Emerging Voices, featuring commissioned works for voice and sax with opera singer Elisabeth Halliday. He performs with First Construction, New Thread Sax Quartet, Emerging Voices Project, Rhymes With Opera, Quiet City, and Man Down.
Zach has served on staff at NEC’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice and was an artist-in-resident at Wildacres Retreat. He has performed at BU’s Spectral Summer Professional Performance Workshop, the SEAMUS National Conference, Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, the 4th International Master-Class for Classical Saxophone, and the Look & Listen Festival. Zach has performed as a soloist in Italy, Sweden, Germany, and at various American institutions.
Zach holds a MM and BM in Saxophone Performance (and BM in Recording Arts Engineering) from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he received the Richard Franko Goldman Prize for performance. He has studied with Gary Louie, Gary Thomas, Timothy McAllister, Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Jan Schulte-Bunert, and Ties Mellema.