PRISM Quartet

PREMIERES: New Works by Nina Young, Emily Cooley, Francesca Hellerman, Chris Biggs, Jacob TV – Philly and NYC

The PRISM Quartet presents a program of world premieres, featuring new works by Nina C. YoungEmily Cooley, Francesca Hellerman, and Jacob TV. The program also includes the East Coast premiere of Christopher Biggs‘s Surfaces and Essences, the title track of an upcoming PRISM album on XAS RecordsJoin us June 2, 8:00 PM at Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch, located at 416 Queen Street in Philadelphia; and also June 3, 8:00 PM at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 W 69th St. in New York City. Tickets are $17-22 ($3 more at the door).

 

THE MUSIC

Jacob TV writes, “The Waves is inspired by the timeless poetry of the 13th century Japanese monk Dōgen. I intended to write music about temporality and impermanence, and I realized that sound is a good metaphor for that, because sound is a vibration which appears out of nothing and disappears right after. I am fascinated by the indifferent beauty of the swelling and fading of a single sound.”

As the title suggests, Emily Cooley’s Dissolve is about musical progress and eventual dissolution. The work concludes with a hymn that evokes a quality of sadness, but, in her words, “is meant to be more nostalgic than desolate.” Emily Cooley composed Dissolve as the winner of the PRISM Quartet’s inaugural  Robert Capanna Commissioning Award.

Christopher Biggs’ Surfaces and Essences is inspired by the book “Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking” by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander that grapples with the mysteries of human cognition.

Francesca Hellerman’ s From Here to There plays with different iterations of a single musical idea. The piece light-heartedly follows a motif as it meanders between the vertical, the horizontal, the jazzy, the bluntly dissonant, now flowing, now lop-sided, now distilled into long tones or even grinding to a halt. It challenges the listener to consider how the material moves from one world to the other. Francesca Hellerman composed From Here to There as the winner of the PRISM Quartet/Walden School for Young Composers Student Commissioning Award.

Nina C. Young writes that her work Tarnish is inspired by the the alteration of material on the surface of metal, “the thin layer of corrosion that forms as certain metals undergo a chemical reaction. Only the top few layers react; the outer destruction seals and protects the underlying structure.”

 

Jacob TV

Jacob TV

 

Nina C. Young

Nina C. Young

 

Christopher Biggs

Christopher Biggs

 

Emily Cooley

Emily Cooley

 

Francesca Hellerman

Francesca Hellerman

Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch
416 Queen Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

June 02, 2019
8:00 PM

$22 general admissions, $17 seniors and students ($3 more at the door)

Christ & St. Stephen's Church
120 W 69th St., New York, NY 10023

June 03, 2019
8 PM

$22 General Admission, $17 Seniors ($3 more at the door)