PRISM Quartet

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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.

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.

Grammy Awards for Tim McAllister and Partch

February 26, 2015 10:38 pm Published by

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

February 26, 2015 8:19 pm Published by

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

February 26, 2015 1:10 am Published by

"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

February 20, 2015 7:58 pm Published by

Many congratulations to Julia Wolfe, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for “Anthracite Fields,” written for the amazing ...

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Read the Press Release for Heritage/Evolution, Vol. 1

January 21, 2015 10:21 pm Published by

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.

Grammy nominations for Partch and John Adams/St. Louis Symphony

December 5, 2014 10:58 pm Published by

PRISM sends a major shout-out to Partch, just nominated for 2 Grammy awards. Partch will be joining PRISM in June 2016 for concerts of new commissions from Ken Ueno and Stratis Minankakis at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philly, and Roulette in NYC, as part of our Color Theory project. Another huge shout-out to PRISM's Tim McAllister, featured on the St. Louis Symphony's recording of John Adams' 'City Noir,' also nominated for two Grammy awards.

Check Out the New PRISM Quartet YouTube Page

October 29, 2014 11:48 am Published by

The all new PRISM Quartet YouTube page contains performances and interviews from  saxophonists/composers Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman, part of our Heritage/Evolution project. Stay tuned for exclusive footage of PRISM live in concert from World Cafe Live with Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón.

PRISM on Ballot in Grammy Awards

October 28, 2014 3:59 pm Published by

The PRISM Quartet's 2014 innova recordings, The Singing Gobi Desert and People's Emergency Center, are on the ballot in this year's Grammy Awards in two categories each. Congratulations to the 50 innova artists and audio engineers who made it onto the ballot this year.

November 22 and 23: PRISM in Lewes, Delaware and Media, PA

October 18, 2014 3:23 am Published by

Save the Dates! PRISM will be performing on the Coastal Concerts Series in Lewes, Delaware, and at Delaware County Community ...

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Barlow Prize for Sax Quartet goes to Ben Hjertmann

September 8, 2014 5:01 am Published by

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University recently announced that Ben Hjertmann of Chicago, Illinois is the ...

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PRISM at Princeton

August 29, 2014 2:20 pm Published by

Save the Date. PRISM will be conducting a residency with the Princeton University Composition Department, culminating in a free concert ...

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This Summer: PRISM Quartet to be Guest Faculty at the Interlochen Saxophone Institute

June 16, 2014 3:23 am Published by

The PRISM Quartet is proud to be involved as guest faculty members for the summer program at the Interlochen Saxophone ...

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Introducing the PRISM Quartet’s Official YouTube Channel

June 16, 2014 3:20 am Published by

Make sure you subscribe to  the all new PRISM Quartet Official YouTube Channel. We have exclusive interviews with Rudresh Mahanthappa ...

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Miguel Zenon


April 4, 2014 6:13 pm Published by

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three concert series at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and New York City’s Symphony ...

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WRTI’s Kile Smith Reviews “People’s Emergency Center”

April 1, 2014 6:57 pm Published by

Kile Smith’s latest recommendation on WRTI 90.1 is non other than the PRISM Quartet’s latest output, People’s Emergency Center.   “All ...

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Miguel Zenon


January 16, 2014 9:44 pm Published by

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.

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.


January 1, 2014 5:40 pm Published by

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.