Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis

Program:

KEEN (2004) by Roshanne Etezady (b. 1973)
Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) Pagine (Pages, 1998)
Cha (2015) by Julia Wolfe (b. 1958)
Above (2013) by Matthew Levy (b. 1963)
Schumann Bouquet by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), arr. 2015 by William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Steamboat by Michael Daugherty
Every Thing Must Go (2007) by Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)

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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

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

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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 2014 featuring premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists. H/E Marathon showcases PRISM with Dave LiebmanRudresh MahanthappaTim Ries, and Miguel Zenón performing music by all four guest artists, with additional works by past collaborators Chris Potter and Steve Lehman, as well as John Coltrane and PRISM’s own Matthew Levy. The program also includes the premiere of a new work by composer and ethnomusicologist J. Martin Daughtry.

Since the saxophone’s invention by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840, it has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences worldwide. The Heritage/Evolution project 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 four master jazz artists who defy convention.

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Apr
20
to Apr 22

NUNC! 3: Northwestern University New Music Conference

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For the third time the Bienen School of Music with host its conference for new music, NUNC!  Performers, composers, musicologists, theorists, and new music enthusiasts in general are all welcome to come to the Evanston campus for three days of performances, lectures, masterclasses, and panel discussions. There is no conference fee for participants, and all events are free.

The Northwestern University Saxophone Studio will be featured in concert on Sunday, April 22.

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Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

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

  • Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Philadelphia Regional Library (map)
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The PRISM Quartet presents Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussionfollowing the 2017 release of the group’s critically acclaimed COLOR THEORY album with So Percussion and Partch (XAS Records, trailer below).

Color Theory 2.0 spotlights Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey, groundbreaking percussionist/composers who join PRISM as soloists in world premieres of their own works. Join us for free concerts at two branches of The Free Library of Philadelphia — June 2nd at Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library and June 4th at Parkway Central Library — and in a ticketed concert at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City on June 3rd.

Both Ibarra and Sorey share PRISM’s dedication to crossing musical boundaries; they bring a vast array of cultural, compositional, and improvisatory practices to the project. Color Theory 2.0 also features world premieres of stand-alone saxophone quartets by Elizabeth Hoffman, Professor of Composition at New York University, and Max Chung, winner of the annual PRISM Quartet/Walden School Young Composer Commissioning Award.

PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey will also collaborate with the Free Library of Philadelphia to present Unlocking Your Inner Composer, a free six-week workshop series where participants will compose works for PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey for premieres at the Library. If you’d like to write your own Color Theory composition, click HERE to learn more about participating in the workshops (open to all levels!).

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Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

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

The PRISM Quartet presents Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussionfollowing the 2017 release of the group’s critically acclaimed COLOR THEORY album with So Percussion and Partch (XAS Records, trailer below).

Color Theory 2.0 spotlights Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey, groundbreaking percussionist/composers who join PRISM as soloists in world premieres of their own works. Join us for free concerts at two branches of The Free Library of Philadelphia — June 2nd at Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library and June 4th at Parkway Central Library — and in a ticketed concert at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City on June 3rd.

Both Ibarra and Sorey share PRISM’s dedication to crossing musical boundaries; they bring a vast array of cultural, compositional, and improvisatory practices to the project. Color Theory 2.0 also features world premieres of stand-alone saxophone quartets by Elizabeth Hoffman, Professor of Composition at New York University, and Max Chung, winner of the annual PRISM Quartet/Walden School Young Composer Commissioning Award.

PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey will also collaborate with the Free Library of Philadelphia to present Unlocking Your Inner Composer, a free six-week workshop series where participants will compose works for PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey for premieres at the Library. If you’d like to write your own Color Theory composition, click HERE to learn more about participating in the workshops (open to all levels!).

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Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

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

  • Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Hall (map)
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The PRISM Quartet presents Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussionfollowing the 2017 release of the group’s critically acclaimed COLOR THEORY album with So Percussion and Partch (XAS Records, trailer below).

Color Theory 2.0 spotlights Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey, groundbreaking percussionist/composers who join PRISM as soloists in world premieres of their own works. Join us for free concerts at two branches of The Free Library of Philadelphia — June 2nd at Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library and June 4th at Parkway Central Library — and in a ticketed concert at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City on June 3rd.

Both Ibarra and Sorey share PRISM’s dedication to crossing musical boundaries; they bring a vast array of cultural, compositional, and improvisatory practices to the project. Color Theory 2.0 also features world premieres of stand-alone saxophone quartets by Elizabeth Hoffman, Professor of Composition at New York University, and Max Chung, winner of the annual PRISM Quartet/Walden School Young Composer Commissioning Award.

PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey will also collaborate with the Free Library of Philadelphia to present Unlocking Your Inner Composer, a free six-week workshop series where participants will compose works for PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey for premieres at the Library. If you’d like to write your own Color Theory composition, click HERE to learn more about participating in the workshops (open to all levels!).

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Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble plays Steve Reich

The NU Saxophone Ensemble joins renowned composer Steve Reich, 2016 winner of the Bienen School’s Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, for a celebration of his music.

Featuring: Radio Rewrite, Pulse, New York Counterpoint, and Tehillim.

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Saxophone Ensemble.

Ben Bolter, Alan Pierson, and Taimur Sullivan, conductors.

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Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

PRISM Quartet and Saxophonist Andrew Bishop Play Ann Arbor

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the PRISM Quartet returns to Ann Arbor, where it was founded more than 30 years ago, for a concert featuring music by several award-winning Michigan composers: Kristin Kuster (University of Michigan), Alexis Bacon (Michigan State University), and Christopher Biggs (Western Michigan University). The program features the world premiere of Biggs’ “Surfaces and Essences” and the Midwest premiere of “Forbidden Drive” by Pew Fellow and PRISM’s resident composer, Matthew Levy. “Forbidden Drive” features guest saxophonist Andrew Bishop (University of Michigan). PRISM will also present an adaptation of “Fearful Symmetries” by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Adams from the Quartet’s just released “Paradigm Lost” album (XAS Records). Plus, one of PRISM’s favorites, “Night Music,” by rising-star Emma O’Halloran.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit a residency program this year in which PRISM visits schools in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan for assembly performances, composition classes, learning labs, and coaching sessions. According to Damien Crutcher, the founding executive director of Crescendo Detroit, “Our motto is ‘Building character through music.’ One of our major goals is to regularly expose our kids to the best artists possible. We believe if they can see it, they can be it, which is why we are beyond excited to have the PRISM Quartet in residence with us here, in the heart of Detroit.”

CONCERT PROGRAM
Fearful Symmetries (excerpt) by John Adams, Arr. Timothy McAllister
Red Pine by Kristin Kuster
Forbidden Drive by Matthew Levy
Capriccio by Alexis Bacon
Surfaces and Essences (world premiere) by Christopher Biggs
Night Music by Emma O’Halloran

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Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

PRISM Quartet and Andrew Rathbun at Western Michigan University

The PRISM Quartet is presented by Western Michigan University in a concert featuring music by several award-winning Michigan composers: Christopher Biggs (Western Michigan University), Kristin Kuster (University of Michigan), and Alexis Bacon (Michigan State University). The program includes the world premiere of Biggs’ “Surfaces and Essences” and “Forbidden Drive,” a new work by Pew Fellow and PRISM’s resident composer, Matthew Levy. “Forbidden Drive” features guest saxophonist Andrew Rathbun (Western Michigan University). PRISM will also present an adaptation of “Fearful Symmetries” by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Adams from the Quartet’s just released “Paradigm Lost” album (XAS Records). Plus, one of PRISM’s favorites, “Night Music,” by rising-star Emma O’Halloran.

CONCERT PROGRAM
Surfaces and Essences (world premiere) by Christopher Biggs
Fearful Symmetries (excerpt) by John Adams, Arr. Timothy McAllister
Red Pine by Kristin Kuster
Forbidden Drive by Matthew Levy
Capriccio by Alexis Bacon
Night Music by Emma O’Halloran

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Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW @ 20 YEARS

Kicking off the 20th season, this program led by MusicNOW Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot features works by all seven former CSO Composers-in-Residence. From Clyne’s cerebral Fits + Starts to Turnage’s jazzy and energetic No Let Up, audiences will enjoy a diverse array of works from this all-star lineup of contemporary composers.

PROGRAM
Clyne Fits + Starts
Ran Birkat Haderekh—Blessing for the Road
Golijov Mariel
Corigliano A Black November Turkey
Corigliano The Red Violin Caprices
Bates The Life of Birds
Thomas Carillon Sky
Turnage No Let Up

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Sep
24
3:00 PM15:00

Dal Niente Presents the Music of George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Celebrate the release of Assemblage*, Dal Niente’s portrait album of the works of George Lewis, with a weekend of music, art, and conversation at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Known for his decades of work as an improviser, composer, scholar, trombonist, and computer musician, George writes music to "generate a feeling of being far from equilibrium, encouraging listeners to do what we do best—stay in the moment and be ready for anything."

Dal Niente performs Assemblage in its entirety at the Art Institute's Fullerton Hall, with a pre-concert talk by George Lewis, philosopher Arnold Davidson, and writer John Corbett of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Breath Beneath

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 Philadelphia program is presented under the umbrella of the Fringe Festival.

(Click here to follow the Breath Beneath as it unfolds.)

Breath Beneath is the first phase—and first public presentation—of a multi-year “Discovery” initiative, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Reaching across disciplines, the PRISM Quartet (saxophones) joins forces with two intrepid creative teams to investigate how saxophonists’ movements and sounds can be used to generate images—and how those images shape musical interpretation.

Program
“Cha” by filmmaker Bill Morrison, composer Julia Wolfe, and programmer Ryan Holsopple (world premiere)
“Waveguide Model I” by filmmaker Mark DeChiazza and composer Dan Trueman (world premiere)
“Hymn” by filmmaker Eli Stine and composer Kati Agócs
“Heartbreakers” by filmmaker Jan Boiten and composer Jacob TV
“The Body of Your Dreams” by composer/videographer Jacob TV

Panel Discussion / Q & A
The Philadelphia program is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Victoria Brooks, curator of time-based visual arts at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY).

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Breath Beneath

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 Philadelphia program is presented under the umbrella of the Fringe Festival.

(Click here to follow the Breath Beneath as it unfolds.)

Breath Beneath is the first phase—and first public presentation—of a multi-year “Discovery” initiative, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Reaching across disciplines, the PRISM Quartet (saxophones) joins forces with two intrepid creative teams to investigate how saxophonists’ movements and sounds can be used to generate images—and how those images shape musical interpretation.

Program
“Cha” by filmmaker Bill Morrison, composer Julia Wolfe, and programmer Ryan Holsopple (world premiere)
“Waveguide Model I” by filmmaker Mark DeChiazza and composer Dan Trueman (world premiere)
“Hymn” by filmmaker Eli Stine and composer Kati Agócs
“Heartbreakers” by filmmaker Jan Boiten and composer Jacob TV
“The Body of Your Dreams” by composer/videographer Jacob TV

Panel Discussion / Q & A
The Philadelphia program is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Victoria Brooks, curator of time-based visual arts at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY).

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Sep
10
5:00 PM17:00

PRISM Quartet w/Greg Osby and Rudresh Mahanthappa

The PRISM Quartet is joined by jazz saxophone luminaries Greg Osby (Inner Circle and Blue Note recording artist) and Rudresh Mahanthappa (Downbeat’s alto saxophonist of the year) in a free concert of music for six saxophones.

The concert draws upon a groundbreaking body of music PRISM has commissioned since 2014 for its Heritage/Evolution project, bridging the saxophones dual histories in jazz and classical music. The concert features music by Osby, Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, Chris Potter, Miguel Zenón, and the Quartet’s own Matthew Levy.

We invite local musicians to bring their instruments to Vernon Park. There will be a chance to join in at the end of the concert!

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Jan
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Art of the Transcription

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PRISM presents 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 a gift to PRISM in 2015; the world premiere of Nine for Four, North Carolina composer Lawrence Dillon’s book of works by Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin des Prez, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Alexander Scriabin; and Pagine (Pages), Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s setting of works by Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Domenico Scarlatti, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.

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