PRISM Quartet

Heritage/Evolution 1: PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman & Rudresh Mahanthappa at World Cafe Live

The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series 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.

Heritage/Evolution 1 features The PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman and Rudresh Mahanthappa in world premiere performances of new works by Lehman and Mahanthappa, as well as music by Fabien Lévy and Kaeli Mogg.

Since the saxophone’s invention by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840, it has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences worldwide. Heritage/Evolution charts fresh musical territory, drawing on the saxophone’s cross-cultural heritage to blend jazz with everything from Western and South Indian classical music to Romani and Latin American folkloric music. 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.

Please check PRISM’s website for information on Heritage/Evolution 2: PRISM with Tim Ries and Miguel Zenón on May 8, and Heritage/Evolution 3: PRISM with Dave Liebman and Greg Osby on June 11.

YouTube: Rudresh and Steve Talk About Their Commissions

The program will include a post-concert talk with Lehman and Mahanthappa, moderated by Tom Moon, a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Spin, and Vibe.

Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of today’s most innovative jazz composers and performers, fusing jazz and the culture of his Indian ancestry to break new musical ground. Down Beat’s alto saxophonist of the year for the past three years, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the coveted Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He leads several groups, including Samdhi and the Indo-Pak Coalition, and has collaborated with Bunky Green, Jack DeJohnette, and Kadri Gopalnath.

Described as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz” by The Guardian (UK) and as “a quietly dazzling saxophonist” by The New York Times, Fulbright scholar Steve Lehman is the first composer to integrate jazz and Spectral music, a form of classical music in which the physics of sound inform compositional decisions. His 2009 recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.

Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. Champions of new music, PRISM has commissioned over 150 works, many by internationally celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. PRISM’s discography includes eleven recordings for the Albany, Innova, Koch, Naxos, New Dynamic, and New Focus labels. PRISM may also be heard on the soundtrack of the film “Two Plus One” and has been featured in the theme music to the weekly PBS news magazine “NOW.” PRISM performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces.

TICKETS: World Café Live
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
$22 general admission / $17 students (with ID)
This event is all ages
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Subscriptions Pricing: all three concerts (April 11, May 8, June 11): $57 general admission, $42 students (with ID)


Please print and present your Paypal receipt to the box office in order to obtain your tickets. Subscription will be held at the box office and will be available for pick up on the day of the first Heritage/Evolution concert. All tickets are general admission with no assigned seating.

Concerts are supplemented by free residency programs for the benefit of music students and professional artists. For complete information on the concert series and residency, please visit PRISM’S web site.

Heritage/Evolution is dedicated to the memory or Michael Whitcombe (1962-2013), PRISM’s founding alto saxophonist whose artistry and vision shaped the quartet for over 20 years. We cherish our memories of Michael, and the bonds that were borne out of our musical collaborations. -PRISM Quartet

Heritage/Evolution has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Presser Foundation, and Conn-Selmer, Inc. PRISM Quartet, Inc. also receives annual support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, the
William Penn Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Amphion Foundation, New Music USA’s Cary New Music Performance Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., and individual donors.

World Café Live
3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

April 11, 2014
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

22 general admission/$17 students (with ID); Subscriptions Pricing: all three concerts (April 11, May 8, June 11): $57 general admission/$42 students (with ID)

Box office contact info:
(215) 222-1400