PRISM Quartet

1 Dec 2016


PRISM Quartet performs with the Partch ensemble in a Color Theory concert in June 2016. Photo by Scott Friedlander, courtesy of PRISM Quartet.


The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.


The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

PRISM Quartet, led by co-artistic director and Pew Fellow Matthew Levy, creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall, at Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and throughout Latin America, among many other venues. Recent work presented with Center support include PRISM's 30th-anniversary project, consisting of six new commissions by prominent jazz saxophonists/composers Steve Lehman, David Liebman, and Miguel Zenón; and Color Theory, a series of concerts and workshops that paired the saxophone with a range of percussion instruments to investigate the concept of "musical color." In 2016, PRISM received Center support for Breath Beneath, a discovery process that will explore the artistic possibilities that arise at the intersection of saxophone music, technology, and time-based visual art.