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 PRISM has commissioned since 2014 for its Heritage/Evolution project, bridging the saxophones dual histories in jazz and classical music. The concert features music by Osby, Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, Chris Potter, Miguel Zenón, and the Quartet’s own Matthew Levy.

We invite local musicians to bring their instruments to Vernon Park. There will be a chance to join in at the end of the concert!

Vernon Park
5800 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
September 10, 2017, 6 PM

FREE – just show up! Rain date: Sept 11, 6 PM.

Breath Beneath

The PRISM Quartet is about to make the first public presentation of  a major “Discovery” project that has been in the works for a couple of years.

We partner with Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in Philadelphia on 9/14 and 3-Legged Dog in New York City on 9/15 to co-present Breath Beneath, a pilot project that explores the intersection of music, interactive technology, and durational visual art. The Philadelphia program is presented under the umbrella of the Fringe Festival.

Reaching across disciplines, PRISM joins forces with two intrepid creative teams to investigate how saxophonists’ movements and sounds can be used to generate images—and how those images shape musical interpretation.

“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” by filmmaker Jan Boiten and composer Jacob TV
“The Body of Your Dreams” by composer/videographer Jacob TV

This was the very first test of a computer-interactive film system that Mark and Dan use in their piece, Waveguide Model 1.

Drexel University URBN Center Annex, Black Box Theater 
3401 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
September 14, 2017
7:00 PM (panel discussion @ 8 PM

3-Legged Dog
80 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006
September 15, 2017
8:00 PM

Click here for tickets and info.