PRISM Quartet. Abril 2008


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Music for Four Baritone Saxophones
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, Sofia Gubaidulina, and world premieres by Roshanne Etezady and PRISM's own Matthew Levy. They're like regular saxophones, just bigger!

Friday, April 25, 2008, 7:30pm
Symphony Space
95th Street & Broadway
New York, NY

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 7:30pm
Low Blow is presented under the auspices of Heartworks, a major group exhibition and auction of more than 40 artists from NY, LA, London, and Philadelphia benefiting the Mazonni Center, Pennsylvania's first and oldest HIV/AIDS service organization.

ICE BOX Project Space
1400 N. American Street Philadelphia
Purchase tickets at
or by calling 215-563-0663.
$35 for ages 18-30 and artists
$75 per individual
$125 per couple

PRISM patrons: purchase tickets with code "PRISM-257" to be entitled to $35 tickets. Tickets to LOW BLOW also include admission to the art exhibition and auction, butlered hors d’oeuvres and open bar.

Pitch Black Hits the Street!
PRISM releases “Pitch Black: Music for Saxophones by Jacob TV.

“Pick of the week” by WNYC’s John Schaefer, host of “Soundcheck

Pitch Black web page @ innov

The PRISM Quartet celebrates Dutch “avant pop” composer JacobTV (a.k.a. Jacob Ter Veldhuis, b. 1951) on their newest Innova disc. Scored for saxophone and ghettoblaster, the music on “Pitch Black” features spoken word by jazz icons Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, death row inmates, and religious fanatics in Times Square. TV started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatoire, where he was awarded the Dutch Composition Prize in 1980. Preoccupied with American media and apocalyptic moralism, he makes superb use of electronics in compositions that combine explosive strength and raw energy with intricate architectural design

This project was made possible with generous support from the William Penn Foundation.

PRISM has a couple of other amazing recording projects coming up in the next couple of months. In May, we’ll be recording “Concerto Grosso” by William Bolcom and “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” by Steven Mackey with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project under the baton of Gil Rose. In June, we’re off to Denver to provide the sax section for the Opera Colorado in performances and a major recording of John Adams’ opera, “Nixon in China,” Marin Alsop conducting. Stayed tuned for details….

An anonymous fan bootlegged PRISM’s October 2007 appearance at the Whitney Museum of American Art and posted it on YouTube. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em: Click here to watch us playing Steve Reich’s “New York Counterpoint.”

This performance was part of a marathon concert of Reich’s music to celebrate his 70th birthday also featuring So Percussion, Ransom Wilson, and Alarm Will Sound.

You can also catch an excerpt of PRISM performing with the Miro Dance Theatre at the Whitney in a festival of Jacob TV’s music from May 2007 by clicking here.

PRISM just launched a group page on Facebook. Why not join up to keep in touch with us and network with other PRISM fans by clicking here? Plus, you can play scrabble and poke perfect strangers to your heart’s content.

Support from our fans has been critical in enabling PRISM to pursue interesting recording projects, conduct educational and outreach programs, commission composers, and self-produce concert series in both New York City and Philadelphia. Please consider making a donation to New Sounds Music, our nonprofit organization. You help would be deeply appreciated and is fully tax deductible. Click here to make an online donation.

For more information on the PRISM Quartet, please visit

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

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