A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion, HYPERCUBE is a slick combination of chamber music and straight up rock-n-roll. Presenting “fearless and flawless” performances of challenging, cutting-edge, repertoire, with a “sense of ensemble that is not to be rivaled.” (Sequenza 21), HYPERCUBE thrives on the boundaries of modern chamber music, embracing both electric and acoustic worlds. This group of tenacious NYC musicians formed with the goal of performing high quality, cutting-edge, challenging repertoire that is often underperformed.
Launched in 2012 at New York City’s Galapagos Art Space, Hypercube has been featured at Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), The Versipel New Music Festival (New Orleans), The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), the UK International Guitar Series (University of Kentucky), and the Connoisseur/New Voices Festival (Wichita State University). HYPERCUBE has presented performances, masterclasses and residencies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), Bowling Green State University (Music at the Forefront), Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), University of Oklahoma, Kent State’s Vanguard Artist Series, Oberlin Conservatory, Southern Illinois Guitar Festival, Equilibrium Concert Series (Boston), Arkansas State University, and locally at the Bloomingdale School and the Queens New Music Festival.
Built upon two celebrated works of modern instrumentation: Louis Andriessen’s landmark work “Hout” and Philippe Hurel’s spectral masterpiece, “Localized Corrosion,” HYPERCUBE has commissioned new works by Daniel Tacke, Eric Wubbels, Dennis Sullivan, Nicholas Deyoe, Kari Besharse, and Nomi Epstein, working with composers Sam Pluta, Chris Cerrone and Juan Trigos to create freshly adapted works for the quartet, while forming modular subsets for works by Alex Mincek, Erin Rogers, and George Crumb.
Hypercube has worked with K-12 students in outreach programs such as Kaufman Music Center’s “Face the Music” in a joint project with Players Theatre, NYC and through the Garrick Theatre in Newfoundland, Canada as part of a community engagement program, showcasing and teaching contemporary music.
HYPERCUBE is Erin Rogers (saxophones), Jay Sorce (classical & electric guitar), Andrea Lodge (piano), and Chris Graham (percussion).
Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American saxophonist, composer and performance artist based in New York City. She has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Copland House, wild Up, and ensemble mise-en, and is co-artistic director of the experimental performance ensemble, thingNY, and founding member of the New Thread Saxophone Quartet, Hypercube, and experimental duo, Popebama. Her works have been presented at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s NYPL Series, the Knockdown Center, Roulette, and the Ecstatic Festival by ensembles such as mise-en, Loadbang, Versipel New Music, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Nief-Norf, Lost Dog and Madrid’s Tribuna-Sax Ensemble. Her work has crossed genres from theatre-to-installation-to-silence, through collaborations with Orange Theatre, Panoply Performance Laboratory, thingNY, Harvestworks, and Music for Contemplation. Her solo performance piece, inspired by pioneering punk-feminist icon Lydia Lunch, was featured on the 2017 Prototype Festival’s “Out-of-Bounds” with solo performances at HERE Arts Center, the original Max’s Kansas City, and Trump Hotel SoHo in a statement of political protest. Erin completed undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and received Masters Degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University. www.erinmrogers.com
Jay Sorce has performed throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Germany as soloist and chamber musician. Highlight appearances include performances at the Long Island Guitar Festival, Iserlohn Guitar Festival, Tuckamore Festival, Brooklyn’s UNPLAY festival, the East Bank concert series, and at New York’s Staller Center for the Performing Arts where his solo recital was hailed as “simply brilliant” (Jerry Willard). Jay is a founding member of Sorce/Lodge Duo and Hypercube, and is a strong advocate for new music and is committed to expanding the role of guitar as a chamber instrument. He champions the music of living composers and has premiered new works by Cerrone, Lang, Phillips, Epstein, Tacke, and Trigos among others. Jay is the faculty guitarist with nief-norf, the contemporary music organization and summer festival. Recent concerto appearances include a performance of Luca Francesconi’s A Fuoco in Rhode Island with Ensemble/Parallax, a performance of Malcolm Arnorld’s Guitar Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Guanajuato, a Mexican premiere, and Juan Trigos’ Guitar Concerto No. 1; Ricercare VI with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players. Jay is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, University of Arizona, and Stony Brook University, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is a faculty member at SUNY Suffolk. www.jaysorce.com
Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, Canada). A specialist in the performance of contemporary piano music, she has premiered new works by composers Herbert Deutsch, Salvatore Macchia and C. Curtis Smith, among others. Andrea was awarded top prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the Performance of New Music. Her recording of works for voice and piano by Marga Richter with tenor William George has recently been released by Redshift Records. Andrea lives in NYC where she performs regularly as soloist, with the Sorce/Lodge Duo and with Hypercube. Since 2014 she has been on faculty with the nief-norf contemporary music festival. Andrea has been a featured artist at festivals such as the Big Ears Festival, Sound Symposium, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, UNPLAY Festival, International Computer Music Conference and Qubit Noise Non-Ference. As an educator, she teaches piano, music theory and chamber music at the Greenwich House Music School and is on faculty at Five Towns College and Suffolk County Community College. Andrea received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Music (honours) from Memorial University. www.andrealodge.com/
Chris Graham is an international new music musician living and working in New York City. Chris has consistently worked and performed with notable groups such as Newband, Ear to Mind, Talujon Percussion, Mantra Percussion, and is a founding member and director of Iktus Percussion and Hypercube; as well as co-principal percussionist for Ensemble Moto Perpetuo. He has commissioned and premiered works by established composers such as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Michael Gordon, Philippe Manoury, Franco Donatoni, Philippe Hurel, Mauricio Kagel, Ron Ford, Michel Vander Aa, Hugo Morales, Gerard Grisey, Harry Partch, John Luther Adams, Lisa R. Coons, Daniel Wohl, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Angelica Negron, Sebastian Armoza, Mathew Welch, Philip Schuessler, Levy Lorenzo, Matt Hough, Joe DiPonio, Brian Jacobs, Aaron Siegel, Ted Herne, Tristan Perich, Inhyun Kim, Jen Wang, Joseph Waters, Stephan Weisman, and Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), among others. In addition to his preforming credits, Chris curates concerts in NYC, working closely with young up-and-coming new music ensembles such as, Mivos String Quartet, Loadbang Ensemble, Yarn Wire, Either/Or Ensemble, thingNY, Varispeed, Panapoly Performance Lab, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Elevator Rose, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Duo Orfeo, and Concert Black. He has co-organized several performances for Issue Project Room’s “Gaudeamus Muzieweek New York” and “Darmstadt Series”, receiving critical acclaim in 2010 from TimeOut New York as one of the top ten concerts of the year performing Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic works, Mikrophonie and Kontakte. As an artist-in-residence he has taught at Suny Purchase and Cuny Brooklyn College, working with both student percussion ensembles and student composers. He received a Bachelors of Music and Performers Certificate from SUNY Purchase College, Masters of Music from Stony Brook University, where he is currently a candidate in the Doctoral of the Musical Arts program. www.chrisgrahampercussion.com