Author Archives for PRISM Quartet
AboutPRISM QuartetMatthew 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.
U of MI Christopher Kendall Award: Remarks from Peter Witte
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.
Color Theory in The New York Times
By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM JUNE 14, 2016 “… In two concerts last week at Roulette in Brooklyn, the Prism Quartet, ...
THE FIFTH CENTURY Album Review by Russell Platt, The New Yorker
"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
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
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
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.
PRISM gives 15 world premieres in NYC, Philly and Ann Arbor in March
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
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
"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
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.
NO STRINGS ATTACHED: A PRISM ON THE SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Matt Mendez wrote a fascinating article for NewMusicBox on PRISM and the rich history of saxophone quartets. An absolute must-read ...
PRISM Quartet in Running for Four Grammy Nominations
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
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
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
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.
Grammy Awards for Tim McAllister and Partch
Congratulations to PRISM's Tim McAllister, soloist on John Adams' "City Noir" (Nonesuch) with Maestro David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony, winner of the 2015 Grammy Award for best orchestral performance.
PRISM Announces 2015 Philly and NYC Concert Series
We're thrilled to announce our 2015 Philadelphia and New York Concert Series. Join PRISM for three programs of electrifying commissions and ground-breaking collaborations featuring guest artists Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane, and Chris Potter, and composers Julia Wolfe, Michael Daugherty, Emma O’Halloran, and PRISM's own Matthew Levy.
CD Review: Textura on Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1
"The lines normally separating classical and jazz worlds blur if not vanish altogether on an incredible collection...all of the recording's material is positioned at a consistently high level...another appealing feature of the recording is its literal embodiment of community."
Julia Wolfe Wins Pulitzer
Many congratulations to Julia Wolfe, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for “Anthracite Fields,” written for the amazing ...
Read the Press Release for Heritage/Evolution, Vol. 1
The official release date for Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 is January 27, 2015. Read all about it in the press release, which features links to a playlist and CD booklet, live concert footage, interviews with composers, and more.