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Explorations Vol. 6: Time and Breath
Benzaquin Hall, Dimenna Center
New York, NY
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Sunday Sep 10, 2023 2:00 PM - Sunday Sep 10, 2023 3:30 PM | $10.00


Explorations Vol. 6: Time and Breath
Tickets  $10 online and at the door

NTQ presents our 6th Explorations concert with a program of cutting edge works for saxophone, drawing from meditative breath, temporal flux, sine tone clusters, dissembled instruments, and vocalization.

The concert opens with works from NTQs residencies at New York University and Binghamton University. Neva Derewetzkys small voices explores time and air, growing from meditative breath to sweeping dynamic swells. Derewetzky writes the saxophone is an instrument that begs to run For just a few minutes, I want the instrument to be patient. To take a breath and to wait. Michael Seltenreichs Ornamentation 1 uses flux in tempo to build a constant pulsing line. The work builds harmonically while always centered around the push and pull of time. Our program will continue with commissioned works by NTQ founding member Erin Rogers and by Victoria Cheah. Erin Rogers Foliage utilizes timbral and harmonic shifts to produce slow motion color changes in a gradual transition to noise. Victoria Cheahs Walk for a shell incorporates fixed media playback alongside the saxophone quartet, and explores how actions along a path may connect you to others. Cheah writes Pilgrimage journeys put time and effort to work at covering a distance in an offering of respect. Walk for a shell attempts this respect with gestures of tuning, ghosts of words exchanged, and offerings of effort.

Neva Derewetsky  small voices (2023), NYC premiere
Michael Seltenreich  Ornamentation 1 (2022), NYC premiere #
Erin Rogers  Foliage (2023), world premiere *
Victoria Cheah  Walk for a shell (2023), world premiere *

* Commissioned by New Thread Quartet
# Written for New Thread Quartet and Cincinnati Saxophone Quartet


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA).


Benzaquin Hall, Dimenna Center (View)
450 West 37th St
New York, NY 10018
United States


Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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