Heritage/Evolution 1: New Music for Saxophones
The PRISM Quartet with Steve Lehman and Rudresh Mahanthappa in world premiere performances of new works by Lehman and Mahanthappa
The PRISM Quartet presents Heritage/Evolution, a groundbreaking three-concert series at Symphony Space (Thalia) featuring world premieres of new works composed and performed by today's most inventive jazz saxophonists: Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón.
Since the saxophone's invention by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840, it has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences worldwide. Heritage/Evolution 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 six master artists who defy convention.
Please check www.symphonyspace.org for information on Heritage/Evolution 2: PRISM with Tim Ries and Miguel Zenón on May 9, and Heritage/Evolution 3: PRISM with Dave Liebman and Greg Osby on June 12.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of today's most innovative jazz composers and performers, fusing jazz and the culture of his Indian ancestry to break new musical ground. Down Beat's 2012 alto saxophonist of the year, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the coveted Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He leads several groups, including Samdhi and the Indo-Pak Coalition, and has collaborated with Bunky Green, Jack DeJohnette, and Kadri Gopalnath.
Described as "one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz" by The Guardian (UK) and as "a quietly dazzling saxophonist" by The New York Times, Fulbright scholar Steve Lehman is the first composer to integrate jazz and Spectral music, a form of classical music in which the physics of sound inform compositional decisions. His 2009 recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.
Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America's foremost chamber ensembles. Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. Champions of new music, PRISM has commissioned over 150 works, many by internationally celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. PRISM's discography includes eleven recordings for the Albany, Innova, Koch, Naxos, New Dynamic, and New Focus labels. PRISM may also be heard on the soundtrack of the film "Two Plus One" and has been featured in the theme music to the weekly PBS news magazine "NOW." PRISM performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces.
Heritage/Evolution is presented with funding from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University and Conn-Selmer, Inc. Newly commissioned works were created with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Presser Foundation.