"PRISM’s intonation is of the highest order, and the combination of their precision and warm, round tone meant that the chords they made together were astonishingly beautiful." New York Classical Review

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PRISM's latest innova releases are now available.

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PRISM Quartet among "The 10 Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month" The Village Voice

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Make sure you subscribe to the all-new PRISM Quartet YouTube channel.

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"Three decades of virtuosity...the quartet’s technical brilliance was on vivid display." DOWNBEAT

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Check Out the New PRISM Quartet YouTube Page

By: . June 21, 2014. Posted under: youtube

Official PRISM Quartet YouTube Page The all new PRISM Quartet YouTube page contains interviews from  saxophonists/composers Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman on inspiration for the Heritage/Evolution project. Stay tuned for  exclusive footage of the PRISM Quartet live in concert from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as well as more interviews from the guest performers/composers..

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Calling All Composers: Barlow Prize for Sax Quartet

By: . June 21, 2014. Posted under: Barlow Image

PRISM is excited to be be involved in the 2014 Barlow Prize. The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment to compose a major new work for saxophone quartet. A national performing consortium of three prominent quartets will premiere the work in 2016: PRISM, ZZYZX, and the United States Air Force Academy Band’s Saxophone Quartet.

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  • The New York City Jazz Record

    PRISM Quartet presented the third and final installment of its Heritage/Evolution series at Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia (Jun. 12th), this one featuring the compositions and performances of saxophonists David Liebman (soprano) and Greg Osby (alto). Setting the mood for a two-part evening, the quartet opened alone with four movements from Jennifer Higdon’s Short Stories. The sheer beauty of the saxophones’ collective sound, sweet and virtually without vibrato, is incredible, demonstrating an aesthetic in many ways closer to that of a classical string quartet than that of a jazz sax section.

    After navigating the complex harmonies, counterpoint and hypnotic chorales of Higdon’s opus, Liebman and Osby came onstage for director/tenor saxophonist Matthew Levy’s “Serial Mood: Reflection”, Liebman loosing breathy flurries over lush chords, Osby later dueting with baritone saxophonist Taimur Sullivan in a Phrygian mode. The first set concluded with the world premiere of Osby’s “Covenant of Voices”, written for PRISM and inspired by the Bulgarian Women’s Choir. Demonstrating admirable control over his dynamic range, Osby began with a low-pitched motif, soon joined by soprano saxophonist Timothy McAllister— whose beautiful high register rivaled that of a coloratura vocalist—leading the quartet through a gorgeous chorale, which also showcased alto saxophonist Zachary Shemon’s dulcet tone and Liebman’s ever boisterous soprano. (Tom Greenland)

  • PEC on WNYC

    PRISM’s latest release, People’s Emergency Center, was featured on a recent installment of WNYC’s New Sounds with the one-and-only John Schaefer. Have a listen to PRISM performing Matthew Levy’s “Under the Sun” with pianist Jason Moran and percussionist Francois Zayas. The show is called New Releases and also includes fresh recordings from Alexander Turnquist, Atash, Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate, Anansy Cisse, and Kojiro Umezaki & Brooklyn Rider. Check out the podcast.

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