weekend! U.S. Premieres of Nick Didkovksy's Ice Cream Time
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.
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, www.philamuseum.org
Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
TICKETS: General Admission: $15;
Info: (917) 267-0363, www.roulette.org
week! PRISM makes its Asian debut at the Beijing Modern
Music Festival & Tianjin May Music Festival
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.
news, great news...
PRISM Quartet is deeply honored to receive recent awards from
several foundations and government agencies in support of its
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 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.
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
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.
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.
has also received generous operating support from the Philadelphia
Cultural Fund, The Presser Foundation,
and the Castagnola Family Fund.
High School Saxophone Summer Institute
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 http://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/saxophone.
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