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This weekend! U.S. Premieres of Nick Didkovksy's Ice Cream Time
The PRISM Quartet, composer/guitarist Nick Didkovsky, and sonic alchemist Thomas Dimuzio perform the U.S. premiere of 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 Quartet, and Bang On A Can.

Ice Cream Time features electronics maverick Thomas Dimuzio, who processes the sound of the ensemble in real-time using unorthodox techniques he developed on the Kurzweil KS2600 sampler. Also in the mix, custom software programmed by Didkovsky using his own computer music language JMSL, which radically transforms the sound of his live electric guitar. The PRISM Quartet is given plenty of space with a complex, high energy, and deep listening composition that extends the possibilities of the ensemble.

Friday, May 17, 2013; Sets at 5:45 & 7:15 PM
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art After 5 Series
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
TICKETS: Free with museum admission:
Adults: $20, Seniors: $18, Students: $14, Youth (13–18):
$14, Children (12 & under): Free, Members: Free.
Info: (215) 763-8100,

Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
TICKETS: General Admission: $15;
Members/Students/Seniors: $10
Info: (917) 267-0363,

Next week! PRISM makes its Asian debut at the Beijing Modern Music Festival & Tianjin May Music Festival
PRISM makes its debut in China on May 22nd with a performance at Beijing’s Central Conservatory as part of the Beijing Modern Music Festival. The Quartet appears on May 23rd at Nankai University, then conducts a residency at the Tianjin Music Conservatory, featuring a May 25th concert at the Tianjin May Music Festival. Programs will include music commissioned by PRISM from Lei Liang, William Albright, Martin Bresnick, Roshanne Etezady, Zack Browning, Tim Ries, Frank J. Oteri, Donnacha Dennehy, Ken Ueno, Chen Yi, William Bolcom, Matthew Levy, Jennifer Higdon, Keith Moore, Nick Didkovksy, and Gregory Wanamaker.

The tour is supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USAritsts International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Grant news, great news...
The PRISM Quartet is deeply honored to receive recent awards from several foundations and government agencies in support of its creative work.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and The Presser Foundation awarded grants to PRISM for Heritage / Evolution, a project in which PRISM will commission six master jazz saxophonists / composers – Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón – to create new works blending divergent musical and saxophone traditions. Composers will appear in their works as soloists, and join PRISM in panel discussions, master classes, and outreach programs. Commissions will be recorded for Innova Recordings and broadcast on WRTI (Temple University Public Radio). Project partners include the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of the Arts, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Settlement Music School.

New Music USA awarded a grant to Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for When Metal Meets Wood, a collaboration between Nai-Ni Chen, composer Chen Yi, and PRISM. It will "explore the energy created by the dancers, making movement phrases that enhance or reduce the experience of the audience visually and aurally, creating a dynamic, integrated presentation of the composition on stage." The piece will be premiered at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at the Peridance Center in New York City.

Juilliard student composer David Hertzberg received a J-Fund grant from the American Composers Forum to write a new piece for PRISM, to be premiered in 2014-15, PRISM’s 30th anniversary season.

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a grant to PRISM to record two CDs for Innova Recordings: The first, People's Emergency Center, features world premiere recordings of music by PRISM's own Matthew Levy and will spotlight leading jazz artists, including pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Ben Monder, and saxophonist Tim Ries. The second CD, The Singing Gobi Desert, features world premiere recordings of music for saxophones and traditional Chinese instruments by Bright Sheng, Lie Liang, Fang Man, and Huang Ruo. Guest artists include the ensemble Music From China and conductors Nové Deypalan and Bright Sheng.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts awarded a grant to PRISM to underwrite its May 2013 performances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Tianjin May Music Festival. The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's USArtists International program is also supporting PRISM's performances in China.

PRISM has also received generous operating support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Presser Foundation, and the Castagnola Family Fund.

Interlochen High School Saxophone Summer Institute
The Interlochen Center for the Arts inaugurates an annual High School Saxophone Summer Institute, featuring the PRISM Quartet. Directed by PRISM’s Tim McAllister, the Institute provides an opportunity for advanced high school saxophonists to spend a week of intensive study with distinguished artists. Students participate in daily master classes and seminars focusing on technique, solo repertoire, quartet literature, audition preparation, history and contemporary techniques. Taimur, Zach, and Matt will join Tim as guest artist faculty. The Institute will take place from June 15-21, 2013. For more info, click here

Support PRISM
PRISM depends on friends like you to sustain our creative work, from recordings to residencies, from our self-produced concert series in NYC and Philly to new composer commissions. All of our efforts are designed to create and connect great music to audiences at home and around the world. Won’t you consider making a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit organization, as we approach the end of our fiscal year? Learn about the benefits here.

PRISM Quartet
Timothy McAllister, soprano saxophone
Zachary Shemon, alto saxophone
Matthew Levy, tenor saxophone
Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone

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