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~Nois

Chicago, IL            

~Nois is a Chicago-based saxophone quartet that defies categorization by working between the boundary of contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation. Founded in 2016, ~Nois (pronounced “noise”) has quickly emerged as one of the premier young ensembles in the United States. Known for its “masterclass-level demonstrations of precise articulations and glowing legatos” (I Care if You Listen), “truly innovative musicianship,” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), ~Nois has been awarded prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Second Prize in the Open Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition and the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

In addition to regular concerts in its home of Chicago, ~Nois actively tours across the United States with appearances at festivals such as Big Ears, the Continuum Music Festival, the Re:Sound Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Omaha Under the Radar. The quartet had the honor of being one of three visiting ensembles for the University of Chicago’s inaugural season of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. ~Nois is in demand as a guest artist and lecturer at universities across the nation with residencies and performances at institutions such as the University of Colorado – Boulder, the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University. 

Dedicated to expanding and redefining the saxophone quartet repertoire, ~Nois has premiered over 30 pieces including works by 2019 Gaudeamus Prize winner Kelley Sheehan and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Tonia Ko. The quartet has performed with the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Claire Chase, Eighth Blackbird, and indie rock band My Brightest Diamond.

~Nois is Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, and Brandon Quarles. 

“Dwalm” by Gemma Peacocke

This piece is half lullaby, half keen; both songs to set someone to rest, whether by drifting off or being bid a final, fearsome farewell.

Commissioned for the 2018 Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.

Performed live at Princeton Sound Kitchen, November 2018.

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“Consort” by Dave Reminick

Consort (2012) for four detuned soprano saxophones by David Reminick performed live by ~Nois at Constellation in Chicago, IL on November 26, 2017.

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“Thirteen Changes” by Pauline Oliveros

Thirteen Changes (1986) by Pauline Oliveros performed live by ~Nois at Constellation in Chicago, IL on September 23rd, 2018. One of Oliveros’ text-scores, this piece is realized by improvisers reacting and responding to the thirteen texts written by the composer.

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