The PRISM Quartet announces the release of seven new recordings in the coming year on XAS Records. With the cancellation or postponement of its live concerts through the summer, and perhaps beyond, the Quartet is recommitting to its mission by giving voice to the many composers and performing artists with whom it has worked in recent years. New recordings include four albums by the full ensemble, and three solo releases by PRISM members Timothy McAllister, Matthew Levy, and Zachary Shemon.
The Body of Your Dreams
Heritage/Evolution, Volume 2
Color Theory 2.0
Sum of Its Parts
Solace: A Lyric Concerto
The recordings feature works by seventeen extraordinarily talented composers, from rising stars to established masters, covering everything from modern jazz, avant-pop, and electronic music to spectralism, serialism, and post-minimalism to works inspired by medieval and folkloric music. Guest artists include saxophonists Ravi Coltrane, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, and Miguel Zenón; percussionists Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey; soprano Hyunah Yu; pianist Liz Ames; flutist Mimi Stillman; Piffaro, The Renaissance Band; and the Conservatory Wind Symphony of the University of Missouri—Kansas City under Steven D. Davis.
PRISM Quartet’s executive director and tenor saxophonist Matthew Levy noted, “during these troubling times, Tim, Taimur, Zach, and I have has been inspired by our fellow artists’ impulse to create work expressing their sorrow, frustration, hope, courage, and resolve in response to the pandemic. Musicians across the nation are using online platforms to present uplifting programs, mostly while isolated in their homes, reminding us that culture is indispensable in its ability to connect us to one another. Advancing these recording projects through post-production is now at the epicenter of PRISM’s creative work, and our most personal means of expression, particularly while separated from one another, and from our audiences.”