Color Theory

1/5: PRISM Quartet performs with So Percussion in a Color Theory concert in June 2016. Photo by Scott Friedlander, courtesy of PRISM Quartet.
2/5: PRISM Quartet performs with the Partch ensemble in a Color Theory concert in June 2016. Photo by Scott Friedlander, courtesy of PRISM Quartet.
3/5: PRISM Quartet performs with the Partch ensemble in a Color Theory concert in June 2016. Photo by Scott Friedlander, courtesy of PRISM Quartet.
4/5: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.
5/5: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

The PRISM Quartet creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. For Color Theory, PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate the concept of “musical color.” PRISM will partner with Partch, an ensemble devoted to American composer and musical instrument builder Harry Partch (1901–74), and Brooklyn-based ensemble Sō Percussion, for Color Theory concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts will be broadcast live on WWFM and a follow-up audio recording will be available on Innova Records. The project will also include panel discussions that examine color theory across disciplines; a Harry Partch lecture and instrument-making workshop; a composer symposium at the Curtis Institute of Music; and family workshops at the Free Library.


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References

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