New Thread Quartet premiere of “Sunstruck”

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The next major concert of our season features our artistic director Zach Herchen’s New Thread Quartet! NTQ is a saxophone quartet that specializes in contemporary chamber music, recently had their Carnegie premiere, and has received multiple grants for recent projects. New Thread is excited to bring their biggest project yet to Con Vivo’s stage: a new 30 min piece commissioned by Ben Hjertmann.

Sunstruck is an epic work focus on the idea of intuition. The piece was composed freely at the piano in its entirety before the editing process began, in order to preserve the initial intuitive structure. The result is a contemplative microtonal work.

Preview Sunstruck in a live stream video chat with NTQ and Ben Hjertmann:

Live stream video chat w/ Ben Hjertmann
Sun, Sep 21 @ 6pm

-video stream will be posted at

You are invited to join the discussion by submitting questions/comments via social media!
NTQ on Facebook
@NewThreadQtet on Twitter

Then join us for the premiere in Jersey City:

Premiere performance of “Sunstruck”, and pre-performance chat w/ Ben Hjertmann
Sun, Sep 28 @ 5pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
Full recital with music by Hjertmann, Djupstrom, Lazcano, and Kalb

Sunstruck was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit NTQ’s project page:
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Con Vivo Presents: New Thread Quartet + Iktus Duo

New Thread Quartet

Con Vivo is bringing an exciting double bill concert to Jersey City: New Thread Quartet and Iktus Duo!

New Thread Quartet is NYC’s premiere saxophone quartet and specializes in newly composed music, plus Con Vivo’s own artistic director Zach Herchen is a member. NTQ will perform a range of pieces including one of the oldest sax quartet compositions, a modern work based on Buddhist text, and two works with electronics.

Iktus Duo (a project of Iktus Percussion) is a percussion/flute duo focused on contemporary classical repertoire. Based in NYC, Iktus is describe by Time Out New York as a group “you won’t want to miss.”

Friday, Sept 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

NTQ Set:
Caryl Florio: Quartette
Marcelo Lazcano: Ser
Erin Rogers: Mother Earth for sax quartet, flute (Hristina Blagoeva), and electronics
Daniel Wohl: Microfluctuations in Plainchant for sax quartet and electronics

Iktus Duo Set:
selection of pieces for percussion and flute performed by Chris Graham (percussion) and Hristina Blagoeva (flute)

July 23rd Groove on Grove Show


Con Vivo is super excited to bring a 2 hour show to Groove on Grove later this month! We’ve got an amazing new electric guitar piece, music based on glaciers, and a repeat performance of Tierkreis. It’s our biggest event yet and we hope to see you there!

Groove on Grove
Wed July 23, 6-8pm
more details at our event page

6-7pm Set
Stone Guitars by Richard Carrick – 11 movements of densely layered electric guitars described as nostalgic, raw, direct, meditative, bold, evocative, and micro-tonally dense
(available on iTunes)

7-8pm Set
Cascades by Erik DeLuca – a meditative piece based on a month-long audio recording of a glacier
Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen – we reprise our performance of this epic semi-improvised piece based on the 12 zodiac signs!

Zach Herchen – woodwinds
Mazz Swift – violin with effects
Dan Lippel – electric guitar
Richard Carrick – electric guitar
Stephanie Richards – trumpet
Jason Belcher – trombone
Mike Sperone – glockenspiel and hand percussion

What a June!


Wow, this June we had 3 amazing concerts! Our 5th Annual Bach Concert doubled as the release of our new CD “Modern Dances”, on the summer solstice we did a big outdoor amplified performance of Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, and last weekend our founding member Amelia Hollander Ames presented a program of modern chamber music (pictured above). A huge thanks goes out to our audience and supporters for helping us have such an amazing month.

What’s next? July 23 6-8pm we are playing Groove on Grove and then we’ll return in September with a recital by New Thread Quartet and a performance at the All About Downtown Street Festival.

Solo, Duo, Trio this Sunday

FREE, all ages welcome
Sunday, June 29, 7pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St., downtown Jersey City
The music of Beecher, Bittova, Burhans, Clarke, Steinke and Tompson

Con Vivo Music wraps up our June mini-festival this Sunday with Solo Duo Trio: a concert of music by Caroline Shaw, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Composition, Con Vivo’s 2011 and 2013 Composition Competition Winners Lembit Beecher and Greg Steinke, Caleb Burhans, Iva Bittova, Randall Tompson and Rebecca Clarke. Con Vivo’s founding director, violist Amelia Hollander Ames, will return from Boston to play with friends Karisa Werdon on oboe and Nicholas Gallas on clarinet.

Solstice Celebration


We had a blast celebrating the summer solstice on the waterfront with a performance of Stockhausen’s Tierkreis! The weather was amazing and it was great to see so many of you there!

Stockhausen’s “Tierkreis” – June 21


Come celebrate the summer solstice with a FREE outdoor show by Con Vivo on the waterfront! We will be performing Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic work Tierkreis, a 12 movement piece based on the Zodiac signs. At times beautiful, wild, fragile, and adventurous, this is sure to be an event you don’t want to miss!

Saturday June 21, 7:00-8:30pm
J. Owen Grundy Park – waterfront pier band shell, at Exchange Place

REMINDER: Exchange Place PATH station is closed on weekends. J. Owen Grundy Park is an easy walk from Grove St PATH, Newport, or take the light rail to Exchange Place. From Manhattan, NY Waterway provides a very convenient ferry service.

Originally for music boxes, Tierkreis is a set of melodies and harmonies inspired by each zodiac sign. We will start in the current zodiac sign and travel through the calendar. Somewhat planned and somewhat improvised, it will be a unique event! Our performance will feature assorted instruments and sound makers played by musicians from varied backgrounds.

Zach Herchen – sax/clarinet/flute
Mazz Swift – violin
Dan Lippel – electric guitar
Sarah McKittrick – bassoon
Stephanie Richards – trumpet
Andrew Roitstein – bass
Joe Bergen – vibraphone, drum set, hand percussion
Mike Sperone – glockenspiel, thumb piano, hand percussion

Bach Concert and CD Release!


This Sunday, Con Vivo presents our 5th Annual Bach Concert! We’ve got a great program lined up, plus we will be officially releasing our Kickstarter funded album “Modern Dances”. We hope to see you there!

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FREE – 5th Annual Bach Concert
Sunday, June 8 @ 7:30pm
Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne St, Jersey City, NJ

JS Bach: Ergieße dich reichlich, du göttliche Quelle, from the cantata Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5
JS Bach: Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
JS Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat major, BWV 998
JS Bach: Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028
JS Bach: Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 1037

Performed by:
Amelia Hollander Ames – viola
Jing Li – cello
Dan Lippel – guitar
Zach Herchen – saxophone

Announcing Our 2014 Season!

Con Vivo is kicking off our 2014 Season in June!
Come enjoy FREE local chamber music events performed by world-class musicians:

June 8 – 5th Annual Bach Concert – solo/chamber works with guitar, cello, viola, and saxophone
June 21 – Stockhausen’s Tierkreis – an outdoor summer solstice event based on zodiac signs
June 29 – Solo, Duo, Trio – Con Vivo founder Amelia Hollander Ames and friends
July 23 – Groove on Grove – outdoors at the Grove PATH plaza!
Sept 20 – All About Downtown Street Fair – your favorite Newark Ave street fair
Sept 28 – New Thread Quartet – NYC’s premiere saxophone quartet
Oct 17 – Song Cycles – an evening of art song with bass-baritone with Joe Damon Chappel

Plus stay tuned for the release of our first CD in June!