Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Joan Tower and Friends at National Sawdust, NYC

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 the past half century. With her iconic Silver Ladders, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, and the recording of her Made In America won three different Grammy awards. In honor of her 80th birthday, National Sawdust is hosting an exclusive celebration, featuring an afternoon of music curated by Tower herself and featuring music written exclusively by female composers, including Jennifer Higdon, Tania León, and Julia Wolfe. PRISM will perform Wolfe’s Cha, commission by the Quartet in 2015.

Program:
Joan Tower: String Quartet
Jennifer Higdon: Piano Trio
Tania León: Ethos
Julia Wolfe: Cha

Performers:
PRISM Quartet
Jasper Quartet
Lysander Trio

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Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

University of Miami Residency, performance with Frost Wind Ensemble

  • UM Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, FROST School of Music (map)
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The Frost Wind Ensemble hosts top saxophonists PRISM Quartet, in Matt Browne’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and Dale Underwood, in Joel Love’s Lyric Concerto. The program opens with the exhilarating work of Carlos Simon, an innovative composer and rising star whose music straddles the worlds of jazz, gospel, classical and neo-romanticism.

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Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Grossman Ensemble Debut Concert

  • Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (map)
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The debut performance of the newly formed Grossman Ensemble. A key component of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition’s performance series, the ensemble is comprised of 13 of the nation’s leading contemporary music specialists. Under the direction of Ben Bolter, this performance includes world premiere works by Tonia Ko, Sam Pluta, David Rakowski, and Shulamit Ran.

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Jan
18
2:00 PM14:00

Chamber Music America panel presentation

Matt Levy and Taimur Sullivan of the PRISM Quartet are joined by percussionist Susie Ibarra to present a panel discussing their project”Unlocking Your Inner Composer.”

”Unlocking Your Inner Composer” was a series of free workshops at the Free Library of Philadelphia in which the PRISM Quartet, along with Susie Ibarra, and Tyshawn Sorey, taught students of all ages and ability levels to compose for the combined forces of saxophone quartet and percussion. The workshops culminated in performances of participants’ compositions by PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey.

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Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Ensemble Dal Niente with George Lewis @ New Music New College

Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente has been showered with critical praise and prestigious awards since forming in 2004. Their astonishing virtuosity is put entirely in the service of musical communication, making even the most demanding contemporary works accessible and compelling. Their program for NMNC will feature pieces by George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Katherine Young, and Anthony Cheung that, while notated, each have origins in improvisation. Composer and MacArthur (“Genius Grant”) Fellow George Lewis, who holds a PhD in Humane Letters (honoris causa) from New College, will join us for this concert.

“Dal Niente is a model of what contemporary music needs, but seldom gets, to reach and engage a wider public.”—Chicago Tribune

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Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Grossman Ensemble

In the final concert of the season, the Grossman Ensemble presents four world premiere works by acclaimed soprano Kate Soper, a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose works have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center; Steve Lehman, whose most recent album was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and the Los Angeles Times, UChicago composer Joungbum Lee, and David Dzubay, Professor of Music, Chair of the Composition Department, and director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, who will also conduct the concert.

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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Anchoress: An Evening of Music by David Ludwig with PRISM, Piffaro, and Hyunah Yu

  • Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (map)
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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 Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The next evening, Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 PM, the New York premiere is presented at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall. Set to texts by Katie Ford, The Anchoress is inspired by the medieval mystic tradition called anchorism and its relationship to contemporary society. In what may be the first-ever combination of voice, period wind instruments, and saxophones, The Anchoress will be performed by soprano Hyunah Yu; the early music ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band; and the PRISM Quartet.

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Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Anchoress: An Evening of Music by David Ludwig featuring PRISM, Piffaro, and Hyunah Yu

  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The next evening, Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 PM, the New York premiere is presented at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall. Set to texts by Katie Ford, The Anchoress is inspired by the medieval mystic tradition called anchorism and its relationship to contemporary society. In what may be the first-ever combination of voice, period wind instruments, and saxophones, The Anchoress will be performed by soprano Hyunah Yu; the early music ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band; and the PRISM Quartet.

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Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

University of China Academy of Science, Beijing

  • University of China Academy of Science (map)
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The PRISM Quartet returns to Beijing for a program celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the University of China Academy of Science. The program features Bright Sheng’s epic work, The Singing Gobi Desert (from PRISM’s 2014 innova recording of the same name). PRISM will perform Gobi with leading Chinese musicians under the baton of Bright Sheng. Also on the program: music by Stephen Sondheim, Michael Daugherty, Robert Schumann, and arrangements of traditional Chinese and Colombian folk music.

Artists

PRISM Quartet, plus Lin Qi, pipa; Zheng Yang, sheng; Gao Bai, jinghu/erhu; Qu Mengfei, yangqin; Yin Fei, percussion; Bright Sheng, conductor

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Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

University of China Academy of Science, Beijing

  • University of China Academy of Science (map)
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The PRISM Quartet returns to Beijing for a program celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the University of China Academy of Science. The program features Bright Sheng’s epic work, The Singing Gobi Desert (from PRISM’s 2014 innova recording of the same name). PRISM will perform Gobi with leading Chinese musicians under the baton of Bright Sheng. Also on the program: music by Stephen Sondheim, Michael Daugherty, Robert Schumann, and arrangements of traditional Chinese and Colombian folk music.

Artists

PRISM Quartet, plus Lin Qi, pipa; Zheng Yang, sheng; Gao Bai, jinghu/erhu; Qu Mengfei, yangqin; Yin Fei, percussion; Bright Sheng, conductor

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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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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
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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Apr
20
to Apr 22

NUNC! 3: Northwestern University New Music Conference

  • Bienen School of Music (map)
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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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Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

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

  • Symphony Space: Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (map)
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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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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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