Soon We Will
Not Be Here
Thousand Rooms Quartet is a 3rd-stream chamber music ensemble made up of baritone voice, trombone, piano, and percussion. Founded in 2013 in New York City, the ensemble performs original settings of poems by contemporary poets.
Thousand Rooms' debut release, "Soon We Will Not be Here," includes settings of poems by Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize-winner Emily Ruth Hazel, Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, and New Issues Press Poetry Prize-winner Malena Mörling. The body of work spans themes that are dark, brooding, and sometimes humorous. Paolo Javier's disjunctive free associations are paired with free jazz, while Tina Chang's introspective verses are set to modernist chamber music. Lines separating composition and improvisation, and classical music and jazz are blurred, crafting a style that might best be called 21st-century art song.
Since releasing "Soon We Will Not be Here," Thousand Rooms Quartet has been broadcast in Europe and the U.S. on Taran's Free Jazz Hour, and has performed special engagements at the American Bible Society, Fridman Gallery, International Arts Movement, and IBeam Brooklyn.