Hosted by Brandon Quarles (Executive Director of the Chicago-based saxophone quartet, ~Nois, and the Membership Chair of New Music Chicago), Kuang-Hao Huang (Artistic Director of Make Music Chicago), and members of Eighth Blackbird, this concert at the Chicago Cultural Center will provide a sneak peek of the ninth annual Make Music Chicago. Alumni of Eighth Blackbird’s Blackbird Creative Lab will be featured alongside some of Chicago’s most exciting contemporary ensembles. The ninth annual Make Music Chicago, which takes place all day on June 21st, is a free, citywide, DIY celebration of the musician in all of us. Come and join us at the Cultural Center for a fun and engaging kickoff to the festival!
~Nois will perform Viet Cuong’s Prized Possessions on a shared program with James Tocco, Leila Josefowicz, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins, Eighth Blackbird, Ivalas Quartet, and the Thalea String Quartet at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. For more information about the program, click here.
This concert will showcase ~Nois along with other Blackbird Creative Lab fellows Juxtatonal and the Furies alongside Eighth Blackbird. ~Nois will perform Gemma Peacocke’s Dwalm and alto saxophonist Hunter Bockes will join Juxtatonal’s Jocelyn Zelasko and Eighth Blackbird’s Lisa Kaplan for a performance of Nina Shekhar’s Food Fight. The entire company will perform Julius Eastman’s powerful Stay On It to close out the show. For more information about the program, please click here.
~Nois will present the music of Emma O’Halloran, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Pauline Oliveros at the Detroit Institute of Arts as a part of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Also featured on the program will be the Furies, an incredible violin duo. For more information about the program, click here.
The culmination of ~Nois' residency with the University of Chicago's composition students, Spaces Inside Spaces will feature world premieres by Ted Moore, Tonia Ko, Yuting Tan, Jack Hughes, Rodrigo Bussad, Gabriel Novak, and Austin Simonds. The concert will connect music and performance to the design and architecture traditions of Chicago. By creatively staging the multiple works throughout the Hairpin Arts Center gallery in the historic Morris B. Sachs building at Logan Square, the composers and musicians engage with physical space and architecture as a compositional parameter. Commissioned lighting design accentuates the space and sonic qualities of the music, both of which lead the audience through a continuously flowing, immersive aesthetic experience.
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~Nois will be featured on New Music Chicago’s Impromptu Fest at Guarneri Hall on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm. Impromptu Fest is a series of 8 concerts, showcasing members of New Music Chicago. Now in its second year, Impromptu Fest is a platform to hear all that is going on with our members, from freshly composed acoustic music, to works with electronics and film, all by performers based in the Chicago area.
~Nois will present recent commissions including works by Gemma Peacocke and Chicago’s own Darcy Copeland alongside Saxophonquartett by Georg Friedrich Haas, one of the new masterworks of the saxophone quartet repertoire. The quartet will also highlight its recent experiments with modified and deconstructed saxophones through a unique improvisation.
The concert will also feature Aviary, a bassoon/cello duo.
Tickets are $20 and $10 for students one show with festival passes available for purchase as well. For more information and tickets, please click here.
Come and join ~Nois for our first shows in New York! Featuring world premieres by New York-based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty, and Ed Rosenberg as well as music by Georg Friedrich Haas, Pauline Oliveros, and Gemma Peacocke, this show will be on Stage 3 of Manhattan’s Rockwood Music Hall at 4:30pm. Tickets can be found here and are $15 for general admission and $10 for students (discount code is noisny).
Come and join ~Nois for our first shows in New York! Featuring world premieres by New York-based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty, and Ed Rosenberg as well as pieces by Georg Friedrich Haas, Pauline Oliveros, and Gemma Peacocke, this performance will take place at Brooklyn’s Areté. The show begins at 7:00pm and tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. All tickets must be purchased at the door.
~Nois will join the Chicago-based Zafa Collective for an evening of collaborative duos and large ensemble works by composers with strong ties to Chicago. The first half of the concert will pair each member of ~Nois with a member of Zafa, while the second half will see ~Nois members performing in a chamber setting with Zafa members. The concert will feature works by Luis Fernando Amaya, Drew Baker, Marcos Balter, Eliza Brown, Lee Hyla, Alex Mincek, and Augusta Read Thomas. Both founded in 2016 at Northwestern University, ~Nois and Zafa have been friends for years and are thrilled to showcase the incredible music being made here in our hometown. The concert will take place at the beautiful Fulton Street Collective and tickets will be available at the door — $20 for general admission and $10 with a valid student ID or Civic Orchestra ID. Doors at 7:00pm and show at 7:30pm.
Elastic Arts’ longstanding Improvised Music Series will host ~Nois and fellow Chicago-based Fat Pigeon for an evening of fully improvised sets on Thursday, January 24th. The series presents performances that explore improvisation from a variety of vantage points, ranging from jazz-based approaches, to new music-influenced ones, to completely non-idiomatic forms of improvisation. ~Nois will take the stage at 9pm with Fat Pigeon beginning at 10pm. The concert will also see the two ensembles join forces for the first time to improvise a unique and exciting set. This will be a truly one of a kind performance that you certainly don’t want to miss. Tickets are $10 and more information can be found at Elastic Arts website.
~Nois will give a presentation focusing on how to transition into the professional world for Northwestern University’s Chamber Music Class. The presentation will also feature performances of works by Emma O’Halloran, Pauline Oliveros, and Gemma Peacocke.
~Nois will perform Gemma Peacocke's stunning Dwalm at the Princeton Sound Kitchen. Princeton Sound Kitchen is a vital forum for the creation of new music. Serving the graduate student and faculty composers of the renowned composition program at Princeton University, PSK presents a wide variety of concerts and events.
~Nois will be a featured soloist on the Northshore Concert Band's 2018/2019 Series Opening Concert. The quartet will perform Concerto Grosso for saxophone quartet and wind band by Pulitzer Prize winner, William Bolcom. Conducted by Dr. Mallory Thompson, the Northshore Concert Band is a 100-member symphonic band that performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Now in its 63rd season, NCB has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and service to music education. For more information and tickets, please visit the NCB website.
~Nois and Nick Zoulek will perform at Howard’s Club H in Bowling Green, OH. Zoulek and ~Nois met at the 2018 Blackbird Creative Lab and immediately struck up a fantastic friendship and musical connection. Zoulek is a modern saxophonist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters), Nick Zoulek's focus on performance, collaboration, multimedia, and improvisation, has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive artistic ventures, performing across France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Come check out new collaborative works, improvisation, and sounds from Pauline Oliveros, Gemma Peacocke, and Joe Krycia. There is a $5 cover and the show is all ages. For more info, click here!
~Nois returns to the Frequency Series at Constellation to present a program of new works written for the quartet. This concert will feature the Chicago premiere of Gemma Peacocke's Dwalm, as well as a world premiere by Chicago-based composer Darcy Copeland. ~Nois will also perform Hans Thomalla’s Albumblatt II along with Pauline Oliveros' Thirteen Changes, a completely improvised work that has become a staple of ~Nois live shows. The concert will also feature our friends in F-PLUS, an exciting violin, clarinet, and percussion trio based in Chicago and New York. Get your tickets here!
~Nois will be a featured artist at this year's Continuum Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. Organized by Crosstown Arts, Continuum Music Festival is a festival of collaborations among musicians and artists of diverse genres from Memphis and beyond, bringing to life unique performances and workshops in the award-winning Crosstown Concourse. Performing the music of Marcos Balter, Pauline Oliveros, Gemma Peacocke, Dave Reminick, and Hans Thomalla, ~Nois will play at 5:45 pm in the Listening Room of the Concourse. Get your tickets here!
Performed by members of Blueshift Ensemble, ~Nois, and ICEBERG New Music. The program will feature a variety of works by John Cage including Imaginary Landscape No. 4 (for 12 radios) and several of Cage’s “plant-based” compositions, in which performers play on amplified cacti and other plants. Get your tickets here!
~Nois will be a featured artist at the 5th annual Omaha Under the Radar festival! The quartet will perform the music of Phil Taylor and David Reminick on July 28th at 3:30 pm at the Bancroft Street Market, and Jordan Lulloff will join with other musicians of the festival to perform Kate Soper's Voices from the Killing Jar on July 27th at 8:00 pm at KANEKO. Click here for the festival's schedule and tickets!
~Nois will perform at the 2018 Eighth Blackbird Gala at the Ivy Room in Chicago. As fellows for the upcoming Blackbird Creative Lab, ~Nois will represent the wonderful work Eighth Blackbird is doing through the Lab. For more information about Eighth Blackbird, click here!
~Nois will perform twice at Northwestern University's NUNC! 3. On Saturday, April 21st at 2pm, ~Nois will perform Phil Taylor's Foursquare: Three Antique Games. On Sunday, April 22 at 12 pm, ~Nois will perform Carolyn O'Brien's Thing Contained.
~Nois will present the music of Chicago-based composers at James Madison University. The quartet will play recently commissioned works by Mathew Arrellin, Niki Harlafti, Craig Davis Pinson, and Phil Taylor as well as music by David Reminick and Marcos Balter. The concert is free and open to the public. Click here for the performance's Facebook event!
Come and join ~Nois for an exciting concert of music for saxophone quartet at First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City in Woodbridge, VA. The program features the quartet playing recently composed works in a variety of styles displaying the flexibility of the saxophone. For those who have never heard a saxophone quartet, this is the concert for you! This event is free and open to the public. Music by Martin Bresnick, David Ludwig, Robert Schumann (arranged by William Bolcom), and Phil Taylor. Click here for the link to the Facebook Event!
~Nois will perform for the students of Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Maryland. The quartet will present the music of living composers to show that composition is not just a thing of the past. The members of ~Nois will also present on the career of being a chamber musician in the 21st century.
~Nois will perform a recital of new works for saxophone quartet at 7 pm in the Dancz Center for New Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The concert will feature works recently written for the quartet by Mathew Arrellin, Niki Harlafti, Joe Krycia, Craig Davis Pinson, and Phil Taylor, as well as the music of David Reminick. This performance is free and open to the public. Click here for the performance's Facebook event!
In addition to performing, ~Nois will also give presentations to the UGA saxophone and composition studios where the ensemble will dive into detail about the works composed for the quartet and how they use the saxophone.
~Nois will perform for the students of Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, GA. The quartet will present the music of living composers to show that composition is not just a thing of the past. The members of ~Nois will also present on the career of being a chamber musician in the 21st century.