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Gene Pritsker             Composer

“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

 

"...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

'Intending to make music

dangerous again.”
- Sequenza21

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“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

 

"...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

'Intending to make music

dangerous again.”
- Sequenza21

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Gene Pritsker             Composer

Recent & Upcoming

Performances:

2024

April

4/4

'Detektive Thumb and The Infinity House' for a silent film premiered at the Music Box Theater Chicago as part of the 'Sound Of Silence' Festival. 

4/11

Concert in Ingolstadt, Germany at the State Gallery with 'Ljiljana Winkler, Peter Oswald and the Solenne Band. Many of Gene's compositions are performed.

4/13

Concert at the Wittelsbacher Schloss in Friedberg, Germany with 'Ljiljana Winkler, Peter Oswald and the Solenne Band.  Many of Gene's compositions are performed.

4/15

Sound Liberation feat. soprano Ljiljana Winkler performs a concert at ZWE in Vienna, austria. 

4/19

Premiere of 'Every Man Over Forty Is a Scoundrel' for Di.J.. trumpet, horn, bass trombone with B3+ at  Composers Concordance Album Release of CompCord@40
Anniversary CD Party  

as part of  Composers Concordance 12th Annual CompCord Festival –CompCord @ 40–

at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn

4/23

Premiere of '40oz (With Brown Paper Bag Applause)' for mezzo soprano, baritone and Di.J.  at the 14th AnnualComp-Play-Comp Marathon 
'40 Ounce'  as part of 

Composers Concordance 12th Annual CompCord Festival –CompCord @ 40–

At DROM 

4/27

Premiere of '1984 - A Year In Music' and 'A Story Dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four'
Feat: CompCord Ensemble as part of 

Composers Concordance 12th Annual CompCord Festival

At Loft 393

May

5/3

Premiere of 'Quodlibet Sextetand' and 'Thick City' for string quintet, bass and drums as part of Composers Concordance and Harlem Jazz series presents The Jazz Influence With Strings

at Mount Morris Ascension
Presbyterian Church

5/5

Premiere of ''Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves Haikus for solo Di.J.  as part of Composers Concordance 12th Annual CompCord Festival

Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves 

at Rockwood Music Hall

5/9

Premiere of 'Stop Suite' as part of Composers Concordance Presents  'Steve Sandberg - piano & Gene Pritsker - guitar' at Kostabi World

5/10
Goldberg Blues Variations performed by Kai Schumacher and the Signum Saxophone Quartet 
at Kammgarn Kaiserslautern in Schaffhausen Switzerland as part of The
30th International Bach Festival Schaffhausen

5/18

'The Flute Of The Infinite ' for 6 flutes performed as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Flautos & Flautists' at St. John's in The Village

5/16

Low Key Chamber Concert #34  with  

David Cossin - percussion,

Robert C. Ford, Imelda O'Reilly  - poets.

​5/19
Premiere of 'In Memory Of Sean Satin' as part of
A Celebration Of Life Event for Sean! At Superfine in Brooklyn 
With Greg Baker

5/25

Premiere of 'Monster' for clarinet and piano performed as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Charlie Neidich - Eclectic Vistoso' at Kostabi World

5/31

'Detektive Thumb and The Infinity House' for a silent film performed at Symphony Space as part of the 'Sound Of Silence' Festival

June

6/1

'Detektive Thumb and The Infinity House' for a silent film performed at Culture Lab as part of the 'Sound Of Silence' Festival. 

6/2

Sound Liberation Di.J. Quartet performs as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Eclectic Bands' at NUBLU

 

6/8

'An An Anachronistic Melody' and 'Fugue For Sean' premiered as part of Composers Concordance presents 'A Knack for Anachronism' at St. John's in The Village

as well as an arrangement of a transcription of Thelonious Monk's solo version of 'Tea For Two'

6/13

Low Key Chamber Concert #35  with  

Funda Cizmecioglu - violin,

Robert C. Ford  & John Pietaro - poets

6/20

Multiple compostions performed as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Strings & Poems' at Jim Kempner Gallery

Including the premiere of 'Solstice Haikus' and 'Kyoshi's Seasons (summer)' and performances of 'In Memory Of Sean Satin', 'Water, Frog, Bird'

6/23

'Louder, Please, My Watch Can’t Hear You' a mini opera on words of John Pietaro and 'Deserts Lullaby' on wards of Roger Aplon performed as part of Composers Concordance presents 'CompCord Ensemble @ Howland Cultural Center' in Beacon NY

6/27
'Fugue For Sean' and 'Canons For Guitars' premiered a part of Composers Concordance presents
'Imitations' at Greenwich House.

6/29

'LittleBig Blues'  the songs 'Cool It Out' and 'Swing Like Animals' and an arranrement of Eric Dolphys 'Miss Ann'  premiered as part of Composers Concordance presents 'LittleBig Band'' at Loft 393

July

7/10

Performances of various compositions as part of EMX presents a concert at Panda Platforma in Berlin, Germany

7/17-18

Concerts in Cephalonia, Greece with Tasos Papstamou and others

Aug

721 - 8/11

Gene is back at the Outreach Festival in Schwaz, Austria. Concert with Sound Liberation at the main Festival s well a with the Outreach Orchestra. Other concerts, composition classes, and workshops.  

8/16

Low Key Chamber Concert  #35 with Stephanie Susberich 

8/27

Suite #1 and other compositions perfomred as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Tango Prism; with Machiko Ozawa and Jai Jeffryes

8/30

CompCord Ensemble in Vermont. Composers Concordance presents a chamber ev net at Capital City Grange 

Sept.

9/5

Sound Liberation performs an event at Birdland, presented by Composers Concordance. A CD release concert for 'Gene & The Strings' and Genes Birthday celebration

9/15 

Composers Concordance presents 'In Memory of Sean Satin' at Greenwich House As part of the Village Trip Festival

9/28

Composers Concordance Presents
'World Central Kitchen Fundraiser' at St. John's church in the Village
As part of the Village Trip Festival

About

     Composer Gene Pritsker has written over nine 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 and is a co-founder and composer-in-residence of the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble. 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

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