February 19, 2024

Guest Recital: ~Nois Saxophone Quartet
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: COFAC Recital Hall
This performance is free and open for general seating.

Take your preconceived notions of ‘noise’ and toss them out the window. Equal parts “fiendishly good and fiendishly goofy” (Chicago Tribune), ~Nois is a Chicago-based saxophone quartet dedicated to connecting with diverse audiences through the creation of new work. Since its founding in 2016, “~Nois continues to legitimize the saxophone quartet as a premiere ensemble formation for classical music” (Brutal New Music) through commissioning today's most inspiring compositional voices. Hailed as “technically superb and musically brilliant” (Cleveland Classical) ~Nois has been awarded top prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the M-Prize International Arts Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

~Nois is János Csontos (he/him), Julian Velasco (he/him), Jordan Lulloff (he/him), and Hunter Bockes (he/him).


Shakespeare’s Jesters (2023) - Augusta Read Thomas

Shore to Shore (2019) - Maria Kaoutzani

Eternal Present (2023) - Shelley Washington
I. Now
II. Always

Hazel (2022) - Gemma Peacocke

Thirteen Changes (1986) - Pauline Oliveros
1. Standing naked in the moonlight - Music washing the body.
2. Atomic imagery-Rotating molecules-Instantaneous particles dancing-Vanishing.
3. Solar winds scorching the returning comet's tail.
4. Elephants mating in a secret grove.
5. Airborne carriers of transparent seedlings.
6. Songs of ancient mothers among awesome rocks.
7. A single egg motionless in the desert.
8. Rollicking monkeys landing on Mars.
9. A singing bowl of steaming soup.
10. Tiny mites circling one hair in the coat of a polar bear.
11. A solitary worm in an empty coffin.
12. A sip of midnight well water.
13. Directionless motion- Unquiet stillness - A moment alone with millions of people Calming the waters - The aura of a black bird.

Related Web Site: ~Nois
Contact Information:
 Joanie Herbert
 Phone: 309-298-1843
 Email: JE-Herbert@wiu.edu
Source: School of Music

Western Illinois University
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