The Fifth Century Nominated for Grammy Award


Thank you Maestro Donald Nally and The Crossing for inviting the PRISM Quartet to be part of The Fifth Century, just nominated for a Grammy for Best Choral Performance. Gavin Bryars‘ work is beautiful beyond measure, and The Crossing’s singing is sublime. Many thanks for NARAS members for your consideration. Check out the recording on Spotify  

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Two major PRISM Quartet programs this week: Sept 10 Heritage/Evolution at Vernon Park (PHL) with Greg Osby and Rudresh Mahanthappa. Breath Beneath at Drexel (PHL) Sept 14 and 3-Legged Dog (NYC) Sept 15, featuring computer-interactive film by Bill Morrison and Mark DeChiazzia


September  10: FREE CONCERT: PRISM Quartet w/Greg Osby and Rudresh Mahanthappa @ Vernon Park, Philadelphia The PRISM Quartet is joined by jazz saxophone luminaries Greg Osby (Inner Circle and Blue Note recording artist) and Rudresh Mahanthappa (Downbeat’s alto saxophonist of the year) in a free concert of music for six saxophones. The concert draws upon a groundbreaking body of music […]

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All About Jazz Reviews “Forbidden Drive,” and PRISM Quartet With Joe Lovano At The Painted Bride


“For this reviewer, the highlight of the evening, however, was tenor saxophonist Matthew Levy‘s “Forbidden Drive.” Here was a composition perfectly suited and orchestrated for the PRISM group. Levy explained that the “Forbidden Drive” is a trail near Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Creek, in a secluded area of woods, where many locals relax on their days off. The […]

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Joe Lovano and PRISM Quartet Premiere “Forbidden Drive” June 3 and 4 in Philly and NYC


A special invitation to all of my New York City and Philadelphia friends to attend the world premiere of my just-completed composition, “Forbidden Drive,” featuring the incomparable Joe Lovano as tenor soloist with the PRISM Quartet. The program also features the premiere of Joe’s epic new work, “Super Sonix.” Plus the premiere of “Refraction” by […]

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Pew Fellows Friday: Q & A with Saxophonist and Composer Matthew Levy


Back in January, I did an interview with The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage after being honored with a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. We covered a lot of territory. Click here to read the original, and it’s posted below. —– Our “Fellows Friday” series focuses on the artistic lives of our Pew Fellows: their […]

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COLOR THEORY Drops April 14th


I’m super excited to share the PRISM Quartet’s new Color Theory album with the world. It’s the culmination of more than 3 years of hard work, from project concept to fundraising, concert production, studio sessions and post-production. It began with the simple idea of commissioning three of my favorite composers (Steve Mackey, Ken Ueno, and […]

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Paradigm Lost CD Release Concerts in NYC and Philly


The PRISM Quartet will be presenting a concert to celebrate the release of Paradigm Lost (XAS Records) on April 1st 7:30 PM at The National Opera Center in NYC, and April 2nd 3:00 PM at Settlement Music School (Queen St) in Philly. The program features music by Chen Yi, Lee Hyla, David Rakowski, Bernard Rands, Augusta Read […]

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Orchestra Engagements


I’m enjoying playing with some wonderful orchestras this season. In November, the PRISM Quartet joined the Taurida Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Golikov, at the The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, where each quartet member played a solo concerto (mine was Villa Lobos’ Fantasia on tenor), followed by the entire group in William […]

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