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Hunter bockes

Director of Development

In addition to being the alto saxophonist of ~Nois, Hunter is also their “Pancake Chef” and the star of their “Ask Me Anything” Instagram Stories, which hopefully will be airing on Netflix soon. Hunter holds degrees from Northwestern University and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. During his studies he has been fortunate to have collaborated with many people from different field in the arts including dance, drama, design and production, visual arts, and many many musicians.

Hunter is a current and founding member of the award winning (mostly second place) saxophone quartet, ~Nois. ~Nois’s second Place Awards are as follows: 2018 M-Prize Competition in the Open-Division, 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, 2017 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. ~Nois did however receive one First Prize at the Chicago Chamber Music Competition. One big thing that the group took away from winning Second Place so often was that the Silver Medal they received at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition does in fact ring at a concert A. As a soloist, Hunter has performed with the Eastern Music Festival as a guest soloists for their 2017 season and has received First Place at the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Concerto Competition.

When Hunter is not traveling, rehearsing, or beating the other members of ~Nois in Catan, Hunter works at a local music store in Evanston, IL. Hunter and his girlfriend Megan are also known as Evanston’s premier dog sitting power couple.

 
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jános csontos

Director of Finance

Affectionately referred to as “the bari guy”, “oh YOU wrote that ‘Africa’ arrangement”, and “John”, Chicago-based saxophonist János Csontos has been described as "a musician of the highest order" by Stockton Symphony conductor Peter Jaffe. Deeply interested in performing contemporary repertoire, János aims to promote music written by living composers through premieres of works for both solo and chamber repertoire.

János made his solo debut at the age of 20 as the Grand Prize winner of the Auburn Symphony Young Artist Competition, performing twice as a concerto soloist with the Auburn Symphony. He is also a winner of University of the Pacific’s Concerto Aria Competition, and has performed as a soloist on concert series with both the Auburn Symphony and University of the Pacific’s Symphony Orchestra. His other solo engagements range from multiple appearances on University of the Pacific’s annual Honors Recital to performances at regional and national North American Saxophone Alliance conferences.

As the most frugal member of the ~bois, János serves as Director of Finance and is one of the founding members of ~Nois. With ~Nois, he has most recently been awarded 2nd prize in the Open Division of the international M-PRIZE Chamber Arts Competition. Other accolades include Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 2nd prize winner at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. In 2013, he became the founder and ensemble manager for the aptly named “Broke College Kid Sax Quartet”, an established ensemble within the arts community of his hometown in Auburn, California. With these ensembles, he enjoys bringing chamber music to the public ear through public community events such as farmer's markets and Christmas fairs. János has previously been a member of the Interlochen Staff Saxophone Quartet, Pacific Reed Quintet, and Pacific Saxophone Quartet.

After nearly 20 straight years of school, János finally holds a master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of the Pacific. He now happily lives in Chicago with his wife, three cats, snake, fish, and soon perhaps a few fire-bellied toads if he can find an extra square foot or two of space in his apartment. He has previously studied with Taimur Sullivan, David Henderson and Zachary Shemon. János is a member of multiple professional music organizations and honors societies, including Mu Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Kappa Phi.

 
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Jordan Lulloff

Director of Operations and Social Media

Jordan Lulloff is an internationally performing saxophonist that constantly strives to dispel the notion that he only plays the tenor saxophone. An advocate for new music, Jordan likes playing music by people who are still kicking it and doing neat things. He also likes jamming with his friends, and is a founding member of ~Nois (a new music ensemble), PSOGO (a band of buddies), J4 Saxophone Quartet (a family affair), and Drone Clinton (exactly what it sounds like).

Jordan’s crowning musical achievement came in May of 2018 at the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition. During a performance of Pauline Oliveros’ improvised work “Thirteen Changes,” Jordan stepped to the front of the group and instead of taking a solo (as expected) he stood in silence. This groundbreaking defiance of expectation was lauded by audience members and judges alike, making his choice to not play the saxophone Jordan’s most heralded musical moment. Other notable performances include being a featured soloist with the United States Air Force Band, University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, and the Lansing and Ann Arbor Community Concert Bands. Additional honors include: Winner – VSA International Young Soloist Competition, First place - United States Air Force Band Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition, and a gaggle of Silver Medals from the competition days of ~Nois.

Because he has to pay his rent somehow, Jordan works in music event management. He spent two summers in New Mexico eating green chili and working for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Currently, he is employed by Evanston SPACE, an “out of this world” live music venue. Jordan lives in Evanston, Illinois with his plant Frank and his human Julian Velasco. When he’s not on his toes, he stands at a slightly disappointing 5’ 11.5”. He is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

 
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brandon quarles

Executive Director

Brandon is the soprano saxophonist (well, most of the time) and Executive Director of ~Nois. When he was 15, he heard Tomorrow Never Knows by the Beatles and has been chasing new sounds ever since. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student at Northwestern University and is afraid of being confused for a “real” doctor during a medical emergency on an airplane. Brandon grew up playing keyboards and guitars in rock bands around Chattanooga, TN when he realized that his love of noisy rock music and noisy classical music met in the middle at this thing we call “New Music.”

Apart from his activities with ~Nois, Brandon is a soloist, chamber musician, and improviser who thrives on collaboration to create engaging and thought-provoking experiences. He has premiered works by composers such as Luis Fernando Amaya, José Miguel Arellano, Drew Baker, Noah Jenkins, and Wilson Tanner Smith. He has performed with ensembles including Ensemble Dal Niente, the Zafa Collective, Chamber Cartel, Red Shoe Company, the Grant Park Orchestra, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, among others.

As a soloist, Brandon made his orchestral debut in 2015 with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra as a winner of its annual concerto competition. He has competed in national and international solo competitions including the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments, the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, and the North American Saxophone Alliance National Solo Competition. He has also received prizes from the Georgia and Illinois Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competitions and was a finalist at the 2015 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. He has been a featured guest artist at Frostburg State University and the University of Georgia.

He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and is honored to be a student of Clint Schmitt, Connie Frigo, and Taimur Sullivan. Music has taken him to some pretty cool places including Moscow, New York City, Paris, and this guy Michael’s pool party. When he was in elementary school, he tried to get all of his friends to form a band like *NSYNC — ~Nois is definitely not an extension of this fantasy...