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"...audacious...multitalented."

-  The New York Times

 
'The shape-shifting Gene Pritsker is one of the only composers who continues to break down the barriers that still exist in the sometimes water-tight compartments that industry marketers revel in."
- Raul d'Gama Rose, All About Jazz

“Mischief-maker and cultural blender-in-chief, Pritsker is a serious artist, yet much of his work is witty and irreverent.” Anyone can draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa, but few musicians draw it as artistically and creatively as Gene Pritsker.” 

- Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine

Gene Pritsker             Composer

'Intending to make music

dangerous again.”
- Sequenza21

Featured Videos

  

Recent & Upcoming Performances:

2021

Aug.

8/1
‘PPP (Past Pritsker Pieces)’ a graphic score for solo accordion to be premiered by William Schimmel, as pat of the The 2021 Accordion Seminars, theme being 'The Twilight Time'

 

8/1-15

Gene is back at the Austria Outreach Festival. Performances of 'Let's Save The World Suite', A piece with the Outreach Orchestra, 6 new arrangements of music from Myanmar for a mixed quartet. Plus workshops, masterclasses and other performances. 

 

8/6
Outreach Orchestra premieres ‘Silence is Devastating' for large ensemble as well as other older compositions. As part of the 2021 Outreach Festival.at SZentrum in Schwaz, Austria 

 

8/22

Percussionist Patti Cudd performs ‘Melting Pot’ for ghatam and Samplestra at Constellation in Chicago as part of the Frequency Series

8/26-27
Cellist Borislav Strulev performs my solo cello and Samplestra piece ‘Never Found Again’ at the East-West Festival in Moscow, Russia
 

Sept.

 

9/4
The short film  ’The Arrival’ will be shown as part of the 'Film Score Fest 2021’ in Mears Park Saint Paul., MN with a live chamber orchestra  

 

9/5

'Gene @50'. A birthday concert of Gene's compositions at DROM NYC.

9/7 

Sound Liberation records a live to vinyl album for Leesta Vall Sound Recordings

9/21

Kai Schumacher and the Signum Saxophone Quartet premiere ‘Goldberg Blues Variation' as part of the Goldberg Nights project at the March Music Days International Festival in Ruse, Bulgaria   

 

9/22

Kai Schumacher and the Signum Saxophone Quartet perform ‘Goldberg Blues Variation' in Varna, Bulgaria  h 

 

9/23

Kai Schumacher and the Signum Saxophone Quartet perform ‘Goldberg Blues Variation' in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria  

9/25

Sound Liberation performs at The Delancey.  Premeire's include 'Element 115 (Don’t Forget Sunscreen)' for narrator and band. 

 

Oct. 

10/1

Premiere of 'Because Of The Air We Breathe' for trumpet and string quartet as part of Composers Concordance & Entertaining Science concert with Franz Hackl and CompCord Quartet.

10/3
Ljiljana Winkler Premieres the mini opera for soprano and piano, 'Soubrette auf der Toilette’  at the München Gesellschaft für neue Musik (Munich Society for New Music)

10/6
The release of the album ‘Protest’ 

Gene Pritsker & Friends (self release) 

10/9

Gene's guitar music performed as part of  'Guitars & Poems @ The Sky Vault’ including 'Cold Gin Variations', 'Still',and the new guitar trio 'The Lion Tamer' on a poem of Robert C. Ford'

10/12P POSPONED

Guitarist Warren Nicholson premieres ‘Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals’  as part of the Tuesday Recitals Series at 'King’s Chapel Boston’

10/15

'Dancing About Architecture' for flute and violin performed a part of Relevant Tones Fest: Songs About Buildings and Moods presented by Access Contemporary Music
performed by Ensemble Connect at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY 

 

10/16

 Unheard-of//Ensemble premieres 'The Creation Of Disappearance' as part of Composers Concordance Generations X  concert at Goddard Riverside - Bernie Wohl Center 

10/20

 Todd Rewoldt and Lesi Mei premiere 'Hello Infinity' for alto sax and piano as part of Composers Concordance Salon concert series at Kostabi World.

10/22POSPONED

Todd Rewoldt performs 'Mysterious Restlessness' as part the Swarmius set at the Delancey

10/30
Low Key Chamber Concert #7 at SKY VAULT - playing a duo with Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin performing 3 pieces for viola and guitar: 'Pandemic Dance #1',  'Pandemic Dance #20' and 'The Sky Is Too Crowded With Light'  

Nov.

11/ 4

Ljiljana  Winkler premieres 'Soubrette auf der Toilette, Jazz Ensemble Version’ and the song 'Path' as part of Hyghbrass Festival at the Wittelsbach Castle in Friedberg, Germany

 

11/5

A new woodwind quintet performed by Sylvan Winds as part of Composers Concordance 'Woodwind Motion' concert at Greenwich House  

11/18

Pianist Adam Holzman performs 'Were You Not Imaginary'  as part of Composers Concordance presents Adam Holzman - Piano at Kostabi World

11/19
The single ‘What We Got Here Now’ performed by Sound Liberation released on Composers Concordance records

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The Process Session #2 - a live-stream recording Session with the duo of pianist Kathleen Supove and Gene, from Kostabi World.

11/28

Low Key Chamber Concert #8 at SKY VAULT - playing a trio with Franz Hackl and Max Pollak​.

Dec.

12/3

 'Humbug Jitterbug' for big band performed by the CompCord Big Band as part of Composers Concordance concert,  where Gene will conduct the band in over 10 new big band compositions 

- The mini opera for soprano and piano, 'Soubrette auf der Toilette’  as well as many other compositions of Gene will be presented at Formation Solenne, feat. soprano Ljiljana Winkler as part of the  Composers Concordance event

12/3
The Music Between Us (Poetry by Robert C. Ford set to music) release on Composers Concordance Records
Gene has sic compostions featured on

this album. 

12/11

Low Key Chamber Concert #9 at SKY VAULT - playing a duo with Fsoprano Adriana Valdes

12/17-18 
Violinist Lara St. John premieres ‘ChristMess Blues’ with the strings of the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver,

12/22

The release of the film The Matrix Resurrections for which Gene is the lead orchestrator and has addtional music in it. 

2022

Jan.

- Premiere of a composition for Composers Concordance 'Charts & Graphics' concert 

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Low Key Chamber Concert #10 at SKY VAULT - featuring Keve Wilson - oboe & Rachel Handman - violin. Gene will have a premiere of a new duo.

1/23

Premiere of a composition for rapper and string quartet as part of Composers Concordance 'Composer + String Quartet' concert 

Feb.

- Premiere of a composition for Composers Concordance 'Bass-ics' concert 

March 

3/3

Sound Liberation performs as part of Composers Concordance 'Eclectic Bands' event at Birdland.

- Premiere of an art song as part o Composers Concordance 'The Art of The At Song' concert at Kostabi World

April

4/2

Premiere of a composition for CompCord Ensemble as part of 'NYsoundCircuit Meets Composers Concordance' concert at  Holy Apostles Church 

May

- Gene has many premieres as part of Composers Concordance

'Science Festival'

1. Sound Surround - Found In Space 

2. 12th Annual Comp-Play- Comp

     Marathon - ‘Lets get Physicist’

3. Animal intelligence

4. Name 2 Chemist-Composers of

     Georgian Extraction

5. Heavy Metal

June

- Gene premieres a composition as part of Composers Concordance Variations concert at Kostabi World 

About

     Composer Gene Pritsker has written over eight hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. His compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles, that are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.
     He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation, an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble. He also Co-Directs Composers Concordance. Gene's music is performed all over the world at internationally recognized festivals and by highly respected ensembles and performers.
    "My music is extremely eclectic, for me music has no bounds - I view the world of music as one big genre. My motto for my art is 'ending the segregation of sound vibration.'"
Gene is also a guitarist/rapper/Di.J./ and producer and incorporates each of these  musical attributes to create music that is  “not designed for easy listening or to melt into the background. It is insistent. It demands attention and curiosity."
- New York Newsday.  

  Gene worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including 'Cloud Atlas', for which he wrote his ''Cloud Atlas Symphony’ and the 2021 film The Matrix Resurrections

Albums

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Maggots
Maggots

Maggots and other Chamber music of Gene Pritsker

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A Chamber Hip-hop Opera
A Chamber Hip-hop Opera

MONEY A Chamber Hip-hop Opera By Gene Pritsker Performed by Sound Liberation:

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Eclectic Music eXtravaganza
Eclectic Music eXtravaganza

An All Gene Pritsker compositions album featuring members of EMX (Eclectic Music eXtravaganza)

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Rite Through an Eclectic Spectrum
Rite Through an Eclectic Spectrum

Rite Through an Eclectic Spectrum performed by Sound Liberation on Composers Concordance Records

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Operatic Electric
Operatic Electric

Operatic Electric Juecheng Chen - Countertenor and Gene Pritsker - Composer/DI.J./guitarist.

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Manhattan in Charcoal
Manhattan in Charcoal

Manhattan in Charcoal a chamber opera

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Bach Re Invented
Bach Re Invented

'Reinventions' piano concerto performed by Simone Dinnerstein and the Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Jarvi conducting. On Sony Classical

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Sampelstra
Sampelstra

Sampelstra, the electro acoustic music of Gene Pritsker on Composers Concordance records.

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SOLO, DUO, TRIO, QUARTET, QUINTET
SOLO, DUO, TRIO, QUARTET, QUINTET

SOLO, DUO, TRIO, QUARTET, QUINTET THE CHAMBER & ELECTRONIC MUSIC OF GENE PRITSKER

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Days - Sound Liberation
Days - Sound Liberation
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WILLIAM JAMES'S VRE
WILLIAM JAMES'S VRE

William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience a chamber opera by Gene Pritsker on Composers Concordance Records

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Open Up Your Ears... - Sound Liberation
Open Up Your Ears... - Sound Liberation

Open Up Your Ears & Get Some' by Sound Liberation on Col Legno Records

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VRE Suite - Sound Liberation
VRE Suite - Sound Liberation

VRE Suite performed by the Sound Liberation Quintet on Innova Records

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Cello Lounge
Cello Lounge

Noizepunk & BorisLove - Cello Lounge on Composers Concordane Records

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Scars, Wounds, And Lacerations - The
Scars, Wounds, And Lacerations - The

Scars, Wounds, And Lacerations - The guitar music o Gene Pritsker performed by Greg Baker

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