New York’s most adventurous saxophone quartet returns for its third annual concert exploring new music for saxophones, pushing the ensemble beyond its traditional boundaries. New Thread Quartet will perform acoustic and electronic works through spatial ensemble formations, and modular instrumentation.
Four saxophonists surround the audience for a spatial exploration of multiphonic textures in “Umdrehungen” by German-born Karola Obermüller. “Burned Into the Orange” by composer Peter Gilbert evokes hues of the New Mexico landscape: orange, auburn and red mountain sides and a distant southwestern sunset. Psst! Come closer. The secret to “cryptonym” by Singaporean, Atlanta-based composer, Emily Koh exists in short bursts and small sounds. “As Above, So Below” by NYC-based Dennis Sullivan is a multi directional barrage of extended playing techniques and electronics, unified by cohesive elements of rhythm and sound while four singing soprano saxophones layer sonic effects and microtonality, shifting perception of space and time in “Bring mir einen Engel zurück” by Australian-born Paris-based Joshua Hyde.
Dennis Sullivan – As Above, So Below *2018 commission, world premiere
Emily Koh – cryptonym: *2018 commission, world premiere
Joshua Hyde – Bring mir einen Engel zurück *world premiere
Karola Obermuller – Umdrehungen *revised, world premiere
Peter Gilbert – Burned into the Orange