PRISM Quartet

PRISM’s annual concert series in New York City

The Anchoress: An Evening of Music by David Ludwig, Philadelphia and NYC

October 17, 2018; Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts FIND OUT MORE
October 18, 2018; Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music FIND OUT MORE

“…I left one stone-bright burial for another, my other, this cell” The Anchoress, a new monodrama by David Ludwig, “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer), has its world premiere on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia under the auspices of the …

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Joan Tower and Friends at National Sawdust, NYC

November 11, 2018; National Sawdust FIND OUT MORE

In the tradition of Philip Glass @80 and John Corigliano @80 concerts, National Sawdust will honor Joan Tower on her 80th Birthday. “One of the most successful women composers of all time” (The New Yorker) and one of the most important American composers alive today, Joan Tower has made lasting contributions to musical life for …

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Miguel Zenon

PRISM Quartet with Miguel Zenón and Susie Ibarra

January 18, 2019; The DiMenna Center, Cary Hall FIND OUT MORE

PRISM Quartet Timothy McAllister, soprano saxophone Zachary Shemon, alto saxophone Matthew Levy, tenor saxophone Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone FEATURING Miguel Zenón, alto saxophone Susie Ibarra, drums/percussion The PRISM Quartet joins forces with alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón and percussionist/drummer Susie Ibarra in a wide ranging program that celebrates the intersection of multiple musical traditions. Zenón and PRISM perform Chris Potter’s …

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

June 02, 2019; Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch FIND OUT MORE
June 03, 2019; Christ & St. Stephen's Church FIND OUT MORE

The PRISM Quartet presents a program of premieres, featuring new works by Nina C. Young, Emily Cooley, Francesca Hellerman, Chris Biggs, and Jacob TV. Save the date, more info coming soon!              

Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussion / PRISM Quartet with Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey

June 02, 2018; Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Philadelphia Regional Library FIND OUT MORE
June 04, 2018; Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Hall FIND OUT MORE
June 02, 2018; DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall FIND OUT MORE

Note: The June 3rd NYC performance has a new time and venue due to emergency building repairs at the DiMenna Center. Please join us at 3 p.m. at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., New York, NY 10023. Buy tickets here. The PRISM Quartet presents Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussion following the 2017 …

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Miguel Zenon

Heritage/Evolution Marathon with Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón (NYC)

March 22, 2018; Symphony Space: Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre FIND OUT MORE

PRISM Quartet Timothy McAllister, soprano Zachary Shemon, alto Matthew Levy, tenor Taimur Sullivan, baritone FEATURING Dave Liebman, tenor/soprano Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto Tim Ries, tenor Miguel Zenon, alto GET TICKETS Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and PRISM Quartet, Inc. present Heritage/Evolution Marathon: Celebrating the Saxophone. Heritage/Evolution is a groundbreaking project launched by the PRISM Quartet in …

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Breath Beneath

Breath Beneath

September 14, 2017; Drexel University URBN Center Annex, Black Box Theater FIND OUT MORE
September 15, 2017; 3-Legged Dog FIND OUT MORE

Hailed by Chamber Music magazine for “pioneering achievements of the highest order,” the PRISM Quartet partners with Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in Philadelphia and 3-Legged Dog in New York City to co-present Breath Beneath, a pilot project that explores the intersection of music, interactive technology, and durational visual art. The …

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Joe Lovano

Heritage/ Evolution: PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano at (le) poisson rouge (NYC)

June 04, 2017; Le Poisson Rouge FIND OUT MORE

Hailed by Chamber Music magazine for “pioneering achievements of the highest order,” the PRISM Quartet and (le) poisson rouge present 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 saxophone luminary Joe Lovano, who will join …

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Paradigm Lost, CD Release Concert (NYC)

April 01, 2017; Marc A. Scorca Hall at The National Opera Center FIND OUT MORE

The PRISM Quartet presents a program celebrating the release of Paradigm Lost on its new label, XAS Records, featuring music by Lee Hyla, Chen Yi, Bernard Rands, David Rakowski, Augusta Read Thomas, and John Adams. The record and concert are dedicated to the memory of Lee Hyla (1952-2014), a dearly missed friend whose beautiful saxophone …

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Robert Schumann

The Art of the Transcription (NYC)

January 07, 2017; The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Benzaquen Hall FIND OUT MORE

Hailed by The Los Angeles Times for “remarkable examples of virtuosity,” the PRISM Quartet presents stunning saxophone quartet adaptations of masterworks from the Western canon. The program features three anthologies: the New York premiere of A Schumann Bouquet, Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom’s transcription of piano works from Album for the Young by Robert Schumann, presented as …

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The Crossing

ECM CD Release Concert: The Crossing and PRISM Play “The Fifth Century”

June 16, 2016; Trinity Church Wall Street FIND OUT MORE

PRISM joins Maestro Donald Nally and The Crossing (choir) at Trinity Church Wall Street in NYC for a CD release concert celebrating the world premiere recording of Gavin Bryars’ “The Fifth Century” on ECM. FROM THE CROSSING’s WEBSITE: To celebrate the release of our all-Bryars recording on ECM Records, we reprise The Fifth Century, Gavin’s …

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Color Theory Concert: PRISM Quartet and Partch

June 12, 2016; Roulette FIND OUT MORE

Color Theory is inspired by the spirit in which scientists and visual artists have studied color throughout the centuries. In 1671–72, Sir Isaac Newton discovered the origin of color by shining a beam of light through a prism, splitting it into the colors of a rainbow. Visual artists have used color theory to develop a …

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Color Theory Concert: PRISM Quartet and Sō Percussion

June 07, 2016; Roulette FIND OUT MORE

Color Theory is inspired by the spirit in which scientists and visual artists have studied color throughout the centuries. In 1671–72, Sir Isaac Newton discovered the origin of color by shining a beam of light through a prism, splitting it into the colors of a rainbow. Visual artists have used color theory to develop a …

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World Premieres: PRISM with Special Guest Marilyn Nonken

March 20, 2016; Tenri Cultural Institute FIND OUT MORE

The PRISM Quartet presents a breathtaking program of freshly minted saxophone quartets by Barlow Prize winner Ben Hjertmann; Goddard Lieberson and Guggenhiem Fellow James Primosch; Pew and Guggenhiem Fellow Anna Weesner; Jay Reise, whose work has been supported by the Fromm Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts;Kyle Bartlett, of counter)induction fame; and Jane Lange, …

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New Works Concert at CMA Conference: “Cha” by Julia Wolfe

January 08, 2016; DiMenna Center FIND OUT MORE

PRISM will perform Julia Wolfe’s “Cha” at Chamber Music America’s National Conference on Friday, January 8th at 8 PM at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music located at 450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018. The New Works Concert is free and open to the public. Click HERE for more info. Also on the …

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Heritage/ Evolution: PRISM Quartet with Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane at Symphony Space

June 10, 2015; Symphony Space FIND OUT MORE

Hailed by Chamber Music Magazine for “pioneering achievements of the highest order,” the PRISM Quartet 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 …

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Wall to Wall World Premieres: Symphony Space

May 23, 2015; Symphony Space FIND OUT MORE

PRISM presents an electrifying program of world premieres of new saxophone quartets by Bang on a Can composer and 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 …

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PRISM Quartet and Uri Caine at Symphony Space

April 17, 2015; Symphony Space FIND OUT MORE

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine, “A musical polymath with abundant improvising skills” (NPR), and the PRISM Quartet join forces for a concert of adventurous new music. PRISM and Caine will premiere Caine’s “The Book of Days,” a work that fuses modern jazz and new classical styles. The program also features music by Dutch avant-pop …

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PRISM Quartet with Pianist George Emmanuel Lazaridis

October 15, 2013; Zankel Hall FIND OUT MORE

Showcasing the music of one of Greece’s contemporary composers, the Onassis Cultural Center NY presents a concert of works by Giorgos Koumendakis, whose eclectic works range from chamber pieces to the music for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The program, performed by the PRISM Saxophone Quartet and pianist George Emmanuel Lazaridis, features Koumendakis’s Typewriter …

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Ice Cream Time – Nick Didkovsky Composer Portrait

May 17, 2013; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art After 5 Series FIND OUT MORE
May 19, 2013; Roulette FIND OUT MORE

PROGRAM The PRISM Quartet, composer/guitarist Nick Didkovsky, and sonic alchemist Thomas Dimuzio perform Ice Cream Time, an evening-length work by Didkovsky that uses electric guitar, an onslaught of saxophones, and real-time computer processing to explore the boundaries between human- and software-generated music. Didkovsky is best known for his work with Doctor Nerve, Fred Frith Guitar …

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Cage: Beyond Silence – John Cage Composer Portrait

January 19, 2013; Tenri Cultural Institute FIND OUT MORE
January 20, 2013; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium FIND OUT MORE

Cage: Beyond Silence John Cage Composer Portrait Curated by Dustin Hurt, Director of Bowerbird. The Philadelphia performance is part of the festival Cage: Beyond Silence, presented by Bowerbird in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum PROGRAM Freeman Etudes #4, #8, and #16 for solo violin (1977-80) Sonata for Two Voices (1933) Music for Nine (1984-87) Four5 …

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Chanting the Light – Terry Riley Composer Portrait

December 15, 2012; Tenri Cultural Institute FIND OUT MORE
December 16, 2012; Philadelphia Art Alliance FIND OUT MORE

PROGRAM Chanting the Light of Foresight (1987) Tread on the Trail (1964) Mandala Miniatures (select movements,1999)The PRISM Quartet presents a program of music for saxophones by Terry Riley, who launched the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary 1964 composition IN C. Deeply influenced by jazz and Indian classical music, Riley’s own music has in turn influenced artists …

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Multiple Minimal

May 31, 2012; Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia FIND OUT MORE
June 02, 2012; First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia FIND OUT MORE

Born in the early 1960s in the underground scene in San Francisco and New York, minimalism and its offshoots (post-minimalism, totalism) have become wildly popular forms of new classical music. The PRISM Quartet performs music by two of its originators and long-time champions, Terry Riley and Philip Glass, along with composers deeply influenced by their …

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PRISM Quartet and Music from China

February 02, 2012; Chatham Square Library FIND OUT MORE
February 03, 2012; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall FIND OUT MORE

World Premieres Music for Saxophones, Traditional Chinese Instruments, and Percussion by Bright Sheng, Fang Man, Huang Ruo, and Lei Liang The PRISM Quartet and the ensemble Music From China reunite after their groundbreaking 2009-10 tour and CD release (Antiphony, innova records), hailed by Chamber Music magazine for “shattering expectations” and “pioneering achievements of the highest …

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World Premieres of Works by Bielawa, Goldstein, Haxo, Levy, Rakowski

June 03, 2011; Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia FIND OUT MORE
June 04, 2011; First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia FIND OUT MORE

The PRISM Quartet unveils freshly minted works by David Rakowski, Lisa Bielawa, Perry Goldstein, Matthew Levy, and Cara Haxo, the winner of the PRISM/Walden School Young Composer Commissioning Award. Program: Double Duet – Lisa Bielawa Filaments of Yesterday – Perry Goldstein The Giving Tree – Cara Haxo Lyric – Matthew Levy Compass – David Rakowski

DAVE, The Premiere

June 04, 2010; Symphony Space FIND OUT MORE
June 05, 2010; Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch FIND OUT MORE

PRISM presents new music by guys named Dave, including world premieres by David Biedenbender, David Laganella, David Little, David Ludwig, and the New York/Philadelphia premiere of “Revolutionary Etudes” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang. The concert also features the world premiere of a freshly minted work by “Davey” Rainero-de Haan, winner of the 2010 PRISM/Walden …

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25th Anniversary CD Release Concert

January 31, 2010; Le Poisson Rouge FIND OUT MORE

Since 2008, the PRISM Quartet has released no fewer than five recordings, encompassing an astonishing range of musical styles, from Middle Eastern laments to progressive rock to Highland bagpipes to Chinese folk music. To celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary, PRISM performs a CD release concert featuring music from each of the five albums, including compositions …

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Saxophones and Voices

May 16, 2009; Church of the Holy Trinity FIND OUT MORE
May 17, 2009; Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch FIND OUT MORE

Cantori New York joins forces with PRISM in a riveting evening of international music for chorus and saxophone quartet, including world premieres by Efstratios Minakakis (Greece) and Kristin Kuster (U.S.), as well as works by Hugi Guðmundsson (Iceland), Giya Kancheli (Georgia), and Bernd Franke (Germany).

Low Blow: Music for Four Baritone Saxophones

April 25, 2008; Symphony Space FIND OUT MORE
April 26, 2008; ICE BOX Project Space FIND OUT MORE

The PRISM Quartet sheds their standard instrumentation in a ground-shaking evening of music for four baritone saxophones. Sign up now to hear daring works by Martin Bresnick, Michael Gordon, Olga Neuwirth, and world premieres by Roshanne Etezady and PRISM’s own Matthew Levy. They’re like regular saxophones, just bigger!

Martin Bresnick

World Premieres

September 27, 2007; Symphony Space FIND OUT MORE
September 29, 2007; Single Reed Summit FIND OUT MORE

At the vanguard of modern music for over 20 year, PRISM unveils a crop of brand new sax quartets by Guggenheim fellow Martin Bresnick, Rome Prize winner Rand Steiger, and Villa Medicis Hors-les-Murs awardee Georgia Spiropoulos. The program also features the world premiere of a new work by Victoria Cheah, winner of PRISM’s Walden School …

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PITCH BLACK: Music of Jacob ter Veldhuis

May 02, 2007; Whitney Museum of Art FIND OUT MORE
May 05, 2007; Montgomery County Community College Science Center Theater FIND OUT MORE

PRISM and the amazing Miro Dance Theatre perform the world premiere of Pitch Black, an evening-length multimedia production combining video installation by Tobin Rothlein and choreography by Amanda Miller. Pitch Black is set to music for saxophones and ghetto blaster by Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis, featuring samples ranging from jazz singer Billie Holiday to …

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Tribute to Steve Reich

October 15, 2006; Whitney Museum of Art FIND OUT MORE

October 15, 2006 Whitney Museum of Art Tribute to Steve Reich 945 Madison Avenue New York, NY more information