PRISM Quartet, Inc. / Drexel University
Thursday, September 14
URBN Center Black Box TheaterMap
Breath Beneath is a pilot program exploring the intersection of music, interactive technology, and durational visual art. PRISM Quartet (saxophones) joins forces with two intrepid creative teams: filmmaker/designer Mark DeChiazza and composer/programmer Dan Trueman, plus filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Julia Wolfe.
Breath Beneath is co-presented by PRISM Quartet, Inc. and Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Support for the research and development of Breath Beneath has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support comes from New Music USA, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Conn-Selmer, Inc.
“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 and The Body of Your Dreams” by composer/videographer Jacob TV
The program is followed by a panel discussion moderated by Victoria Brooks, Curator of Time-Based Visual Arts at EMPAC.
Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles.
“A bold ensemble that set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets” (The New York Times), PRISM has performed in Carnegie Hall on the Making Music Series, in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and throughout Latin America, China, and Russia under the auspices of the United States Information Agency and USArtists International. PRISM has also been presented to critical acclaim as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and conducted residencies at the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute and the Oberlin Conservatory.
Two-time recipients of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has commissioned over 250 works, many by internationally celebrated composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Julia Wolfe, William Bolcom, Jennifer Higdon, Zhou Long, and Bernard Rands, and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipients Bright Sheng and Miguel Zenón. PRISM’s concert series and recordings feature a who’s who of contemporary music makers, including BMOP, Ethel, So Percussion, Talujon, Partch, Music From China, Opera Colorado, Nick Didkovsky, Marilyn Nonken, and top jazz artists, including Jason Moran, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, Tim Ries, Jay Anderson, Ben Monder, Bill Stewart, Gerald Cleaver, and John Riley. PRISM has also performed with The Crossing (choir), the New York Consort of Viols, the Chilean rock band Inti-Illimani, as well as Miro Dance Theatre, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. PRISM’s discography includes releases on Albany, ECM, innova, Koch, Naxos, New Dynamic, New Focus, and its own newly launched label, XAS Records. In 2016, PRISM was named by the University of Michigan, as the first recipient of the Christopher Kendall Award in recognition of its work in “collaboration, entrepreneurship, and community engagement.”
$15 / 60 minutes