scapegoat is an experimental saxophone and percussion duo. Close creative collaboration and multi-media projects form the basis of their pursuit for artistic innovation and expression. Programmes are designed to broaden and challenge the musical experience of the audience, through original works featuring live electronics, performer-controlled sonic and visual amplification, video and lighting design, and improvisation.
Formed in Paris in 2013 by Australian saxophonist Joshua Hyde and Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone, scapegoat has performed in France, Germany, Canada, the US & the UK. They have completed residencies at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), Spread Art (Detroit), & the University of Liverpool, and have performed in such venues as City University (London), Constellation (Chicago), La Vitrola (Montreal), Spectrum (New York) & the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Upcoming projects include collaborations with composers Julien Vincenot, Santiago Díez-Fischer & Fernando Garnero on new works to be premiered in 2016, and performances at Kompakt (Zurich), Darmstadt Ferienkurse, IGNM Basel & Unerhörte (Berlin).
Formed in 2015, Hellqvist/Amaral/Hyde/Bierstone reunites four of today's foremost new-music artists; each having forged global careers as soloists, chamber musicians & curators, while regularly performing with the world's most renowned contemporary music ensembles.
Ensemble in residence at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University, the quartet was invited to continue a close collaboration with Mauricio Pauly and perform his works on a monographic concert as part of his 2014/15 Radcliffe Fellowship.
The group aims to define a new standard of interpretation informed by close creative collaboration and a wealth of combined experience, spawning a new paradigm for the presentation of today's expressive mediums.