“The saxophone quartet will likely never be as ubiquitous as its stringed counterpart, but, thanks to the diligent work of the New Thread Quartet and ensembles like it, the genre is burgeoning, ripe with surprising sounds and satisfying compositions. Here, the group adds to a growing canon with a program featuring world premières by Amy Beth Kirsten and Jude Thomas alongside recent pieces by Len Tetta and James Ilgenfritz.” — Steve Smith
New Thread Quartet was selected as one of 11 grant recipients for Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program to commission a new piece by Amy Beth Kirsten. We are big fans of Amy’s stunning music and look forward to working with her!
Ilgenfritz, a bassist who has made invaluable contributions to New York’s new-music community as a composer, improviser, collaborator, and organizer, is the center of attention each night during this five-concert residency. But, with characteristic magnanimity, he’ll share the spotlight with the Anagram Ensemble, the New Thread Quartet, and his bandmates in the high-voltage improvising trio Hypercolor, among numerous others—and that’s to say nothing of the promising débuts and premières at hand during this exciting engagement.