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AboutPRISM Quartet

Matthew Levy has been hailed by the Saxophone Journal as “a complete virtuoso of the tenor saxophone” and by the New York Times for his “energetic and enlivening” performances. His music is highlighted on three PRISM recordings on Koch and innova. From 2000-2011, he served as Director of the Philadelphia Music Project at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

In Running for Grammy Nominations

October 24, 2017 5:11 pm Published by

Two PRISM Quartet albums, "COLOR THEORY" (XAS Records) and "The Fifth Century" (ECM), are under consideration for multiple 2018 Grammy Award nominations. NARAS friends, we respectfully invite you to consider both albums as you review the Grammy nomination entry list.

Breath Beneath

PRISM Quartet Newsletter

October 4, 2017 3:51 pm Published by

Read the latest installment of PRISM’s newsletter, which covers upcoming concerts throughout Michigan; the announcement of a new board member, ...

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Breath Beneath Blog

August 3, 2017 10:26 pm Published by

Follow progress on the PRISM Quartet's groundbreaking "Discovery" project, Breath Beneath, as we investigate the intersection of music, interactive technology, and durational visual art with two new interdisciplinary works: "Waveguide Model I" from filmmaker Mark DeChiazza and composer Dan Trueman, and "Cha" from filmmaker Bill Morrison, composer Julia Wolfe, and programmer Ryan Holsopple.

PRISM Quartet Newsletter: Recordings

August 2, 2017 4:20 am Published by

Read the latest installment of PRISM’s newsletter, which cover our upcoming and most recent albums, including Paradigm Lost; WAYNE PETERSON: TRANSFORMATIONS; ...

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PRISM Newsletter

August 2, 2017 4:15 am Published by

Read PRISM’s latest newsletter which cover the Quartet’s upcoming and most recent albums, including “Paradigm Lost.”  

U of MI Christopher Kendall Award: Remarks from Peter Witte

November 11, 2016 2:35 pm Published by

On October 21, 2016, Peter Witte made the following remarks in presenting the PRISM Quartet with the newly established Christopher Kendall Award. The Award honors the tenure of Emeritus Dean Christopher Kendall by recognizing one alumnus/a or an ensemble of alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance from any graduation year who has demonstrated collaboration and/or entrepreneurship and/or significant community engagement and/or interdisciplinary studies and/or patronage to the arts in their professional work.

PRISM Quartet photo by Richard Termine

Color Theory in The New York Times

June 18, 2016 12:41 am Published by

By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM JUNE 14, 2016 “… In two concerts last week at Roulette in Brooklyn, the Prism Quartet, ...

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THE FIFTH CENTURY Album Review by Russell Platt, The New Yorker

June 17, 2016 10:35 pm Published by

"the saxophones sing out long, doleful tunes, or gurgle softly and sympathetically while the chorus intones Traherne’s words in ravishing but ethereal timbres."

PRISM Quartet Presents Enticing Concert in Ypsilanti

June 1, 2016 3:56 am Published by

The PRISM Quartet returns to its musical birthplace for a concert benefiting the ensemble’s Southeast Michigan Residency Program. The concert features music by two composers with Michigan roots: the late William Albright, a longtime University of Michigan faculty member whose seminal work, Fantasy Etudes, was commissioned by PRISM in 1992; and current Michigan State University faculty member David Biedenbender, whose contribution to the program, “Lullaby” (2014), comes from a larger work-in-progress titled Cerulean. The program includes additional works by Anna Weesner, Martin Bresnick, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

PRISM to appear in Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, a new opera composed by Lisa Bielawa

April 12, 2016 11:54 pm Published by

In May, the PRISM Quartet joined forces with the PARTCH ensemble, and a wonderful cast of singers to tape an episode of Lisa Bielawa's new television opera, Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser.

June 1-15: World Premiere of COLOR THEORY, Saxophones & Percussion

February 23, 2016 2:17 pm Published by

First-ever collaborations between the PRISM Quartet, Sō Percussion, and PARTCH (East Coast Debut, and one of three groups in the world that play Harry Partch instruments), featuring premieres of new works by Steven Mackey, Ken Ueno, and Stratis Minakakis. Plus groundbreaking music by Donnacha Dennehy, Kati Agócs, Georg Friedrich Haas, Steve Lehman, Iannis Xenakis, Bryce Dessner, and Harry Partch. Co-presented in Philadelphia by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Presented in Brooklyn at Roulette.

Pianist Marilyn Nonken

PRISM gives 15 world premieres in NYC, Philly and Ann Arbor in March

February 22, 2016 11:27 pm Published by

In March 2016, the PRISM Quartet concertizes in Philadelphia, New York City, and Ann Arbor with programs that feature guest appearances by piano virtuoso Marilyn Nonken, and jazz saxophone greats Diego Rivera and Andrew Bishop. The programs include world premieres of 15 new works by a stunning line-up of composers, including James Primosch, Anna Weesner, Jay Reise, Kyle Bartlett, Ben Hjertmann, and William Bolcom.

PRISM Named First Recipient of Christopher Kendall Award from U of MI

January 25, 2016 12:32 am Published by

PRISM is greatly honored to receive the Christopher Kendall Award from our alma mater. The award recognizes one alumnus/a or an ensemble of alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance who has demonstrated collaboration, entrepreneurship, significant community engagement, interdisciplinary studies and/or patronage to the arts in their professional work.

Heritage/Evolution makes textura’s Top 10 List for 2015 Releases

December 7, 2015 4:35 pm Published by

"One of the best things about PRISM Quartet's 2015 double-CD set is its implicit promise of a second volume—which shouldn't dissuade anyone from checking out the fulsome pleasures of this indispensable first."

No Strings Attached: A PRISM on the Saxophone Quartet

June 12, 2015 11:02 pm Published by

Matt Mendez wrote a fascinating article for NewMusicBox on PRISM and the rich history of saxophone quartets. An absolute must-read for anyone interested in our ever-evolving medium. Read it here.


June 12, 2015 10:59 pm Published by

Matt Mendez wrote a fascinating article for NewMusicBox on PRISM and the rich history of saxophone quartets. An absolute must-read ...

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PRISM Quartet in Running for Four Grammy Nominations

May 27, 2015 4:17 pm Published by

The PRISM Quartet’s recording, “Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1” (innova), is under consideration for 2016 Grammy Award nominations in four categories.

PRISM Awarded MAP Fund Grant

April 29, 2015 7:42 pm Published by

PRISM was awarded a grant from the MAP Fund for Color Theory, a new project in which we'll join forces with the Grammy-winning Partch ensemble to premiere new work by Ken Ueno at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Roulette in June 2016. The program will also feature a new commission from Stratis Minakakis, as well as music by Harry Partch and Iannis Xenakis. Read the press release HERE.

Up Next: PRISM with Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane

April 28, 2015 10:17 pm Published by

On June 9th at the Painted Bride in Philly, and June 10 at Symphony Space in NYC, PRISM presents the next installment of Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking project featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists. This time around, Heritage/Evolution spotlights PRISM with saxophone luminaries Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane. The program follows PRISM’s January 2015 CD release of Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 on Innova Recordings with guest saxophonists Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón.

PRISM Gears Up for World Premieres

April 28, 2015 7:37 pm Published by

On May 22nd at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and May 23rd at Symphony Space in NYC, PRISM presents an electrifying program of world premieres of new saxophone quartets by 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe; Grammy Award-winner Michael Daugherty; the Curtis Institute’s David Hertzberg; Princeton University’s Emma O’Halloran, Viet Cuong and Jonathan Russell; counter)induction’s Kyle Bartlett; Solon Snider and Mark Macaluso, winners of the PRISM/Walden School Commissioning Award; and PRISM’s own Matthew Levy.