PRISM Quartet

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three concert series at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and New York City's Symphony Space featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists: Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón.

Since the saxophone’s invention by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840, it has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences worldwide. Heritage/Evolution charts fresh musical territory, drawing on the saxophone’s cross-cultural heritage to blend jazz with everything from Western and South Indian classical music to Romani and Latin American folkloric music. Join us for an unprecedented saxophone summit as PRISM, a “bold ensemble that set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets” (The New York Times), partners with six master artists who defy convention.

Heritage/Evolution is dedicated to the memory or Michael Whitcombe (1962-2013), PRISM’s founding alto saxophonist whose artistry and vision shaped the quartet for over 20 years. We cherish our memories of Michael, and the bonds that were borne out of our musical collaborations. -PRISM Quartet

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Free Workshops at The Curtis Institute of Music: Heritage/Evolution

April 03, 2014; Field Concert Hall @ Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The PRISM Quartet and the Curtis Institute of Music, in partnership with the American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter present back-to-back ...

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Master Class and Panel Discussion with Mahanthappa and Lehman at The University of the Arts: Heritage/Evolution 1

April 10, 2014; Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, Terra Hall @ The University of the Arts 211 South Broad Street, 16th & 17th Floors, Philadelphia

The PRISM Quartet and The University of the Arts present a series of three back-to-back master classes and panel discussions. Saxophonists/composers ...

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Steve Lehman

Heritage/Evolution 1: PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman & Rudresh Mahanthappa at World Cafe Live

April 11, 2014; World Café Live

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa

Heritage/Evolution 1: PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman & Rudresh Mahanthappa at Symphony Space

April 12, 2014; Symphony Space

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s ...

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Master Class and Panel Discussion with Ries and Zenón at The University of the Arts: Heritage/Evolution 2

May 07, 2014; Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, Terra Hall @ The University of the Arts 211 South Broad Street, 16th & 17th Floors, Philadelphia

The PRISM Quartet and The University of the Arts present a series of three back-to-back master classes and panel discussions. Saxophonists/composers ...

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Miguel Zenon

Heritage/Evolution 2: PRISM Quartet with Tim Ries & Miguel Zenón at World Cafe Live

May 08, 2014; World Café Live

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s ...

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Tim Ries

Heritage/Evolution 2: PRISM Quartet with Tim Ries & Miguel Zenón at Symphony Space

May 09, 2014; Symphony Space

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s ...

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Free Community Concert

May 19, 2014; Settlement Music School

        Program   PAGINE—ELABORAZIONI DA CONCERTO PER 4 SAXOFONI (1998)  by Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) (selected movements) 20TH ANNIVERSARY DEDICATIONS (2004) “Inkling” by ...

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Master Class and Panel Discussion with Liebman and Osby at the University of the Arts: Heritage/Evolution 3

June 10, 2014; Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, Terra Hall @ The University of the Arts 211 South Broad Street, 16th & 17th Floors, Philadelphia

The PRISM Quartet and The University of the Arts present a series of three back-to-back master classes and panel discussions. ...

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Dave Liebman

Heritage/Evolution 3: PRISM Quartet with Dave Liebman & Greg Osby at World Cafe Live

June 11, 2014; World Café Live

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s ...

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Greg Osby

Heritage/Evolution 3: PRISM Quartet w/ Dave Liebman & Greg Osby at Symphony Space

June 12, 2014; Symphony Space

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s ...

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PRISM with The Crossing Choir, Month of Moderns III

July 12, 2014; Crane Art's Icebox

PRISM joins The Crossing Choir to perform the world premiere of Gavin Bryars’ The Fifth Century, commissioned by The Crossing for ...

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