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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Recent & Upcoming

Performances:

2022

Aug.

Gene is back at the Outreach Festival in Schwaz, Austria. Premiers include the new trumpet concerto for Markus Finkler, 'Closest Thing To Joy & Love Duet' , with the Outreach Orchestra.

8/2

'unCHARTed Deconstructed #1' & 'Cross-examine Canons II' performed  at Outreach Orchestra Ensemble Session at Hacklmusic Werkstatt.

8/5

'Closest Thing To Joy & Love Duet' , 'Zin's Dixie'. Hip-Hop Hush Outreach Orch. Version' and 'Lonely Goatherd' all performed on teh 2nd night of the Outreach Festival with the Outreach Orchestra.

8/7

Sound Liberation performs 'Lets Save The World Suite' at Jazzfest Passau in  Passau, Germany.

 

Sept.

9/2

Sound Liberation releases the new album 'Let's Save The World Suite' on Composers Concordance Records

9/3
'Goldberg Blues Variations' performed as part of Bach Festtage by pianist Kai Schumacher and the 
SIGNUM saxophone quartet

 

9/7

Sound Liberation performs a CD release concert for "Let's Save The World Suite' in NYC - and Gene's BD party - presented by Composers Concordance at Silvan's

9/10
Performing the guitar duet ‘One Of Us’ with William Anderson at  St. Johns Church, part of
The Village Trip Festival 

9/14

CompCord Chamber Orchestra with special guest Suzanne Vega perform a concert titled:  'Songs & Poems from the Village'  as part of the VillageTrip Festival. Gene will have a premiere 'the most Wonderful Thing Of All' for  chamber orch. as well as arrangements of Suzanne Vega's songs.

 

9/17
'Turn Back?' performed by The Bowers Fader Duo at St. John’s in the Village as part of the Village Trip Festival

 

9/17
‘Taniapedie’ performed by pianist Tania Stavreva at the 
Bulgarian National Radio Concert Hall, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
as part of her "Gift of Light” concert 

9/18

'Encore' premiered at Composers Concordance presents  The Village and Phil Ochs concert at DROM as part of the Village Trip Festival

9/20

Warren Nicholson performs 'Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals' at Kings Chapel Series in Boston, MA.

9/25-26

New orchestration of 'Cloud Atlas / Matrix Medley/ will be performed at Fimucite 2022, in the Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. 

9/30

'Mantra #2' performed with eGALitarian Brass trio as part of 'Low Key' Chamber Concert #16'
@ The Sky Vault

Oct.

10/8 

'Double Impressions and Stroke' for solo piano, inspired by a painting of Rainer Gross, is premiered by Geoffrey Burleson as part of Composers Concordance presents Pianos, Poems & Paintings at Kostabi World

10/13

Premiering 'For Bob' for guitar & piano with pianist Urs Hager, as part of The Memorial Concert for Robert Brashear at
Gallery MC.

10/14

'Spontaneous Salon' is performed as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Composers with Drink Listening to Music LIVE'

at Gallery MC, also Gene's new arrangement of 'Spontaneous Combustion' by  "Cannonball" and Nat Adderley

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eGalitarian brass quintet performs ‘So It Goes’ at the National Opera Center

 

10/18
Performing with pianist Urs Hager as part ofComposers Concordance presents The Kostabi World Piano Series. Gene's compositions include 'For Bob' and 'Salon'.

10/23
'Turn Back?' performed by The Bowers Fader Duo at National Opera Center as part of The Seventh Annual New American Art Song Concert

 

10/27
Gene is doing a live interview, along with Suzanne Vega as part of the podcast Person Place Thing.
Presented by Composers Concordance. The event will include the premiere of 'Ennui' for classical guitar and string quartet as well as Gene's arrangement of Vega's 'Tom's Diner'.

10/28

Various compositions performed by guitarists  William Anderson  & Gene Pritsker as part of 'Low Key' Chamber Concert #17
@ The Sky Vault

10/31

Premiere of 'Deal With Teh Devil' for string quartet by the Kahlo  Quartet as part of Composers Concordance presents ''Breaking Halloween' at Kostabi World.

Nov.

11/4

Performing a solo set of music for electric guitar with electronics inspired by paintings of Rainer Gross at East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead, NY. 

Premieres of 'Rainer Speaks Ambient',  'Pandemic Dances Fragmented & reMixed' 'Double Impressions and Stroke ReMix', 'Rainer's Hebrew Letters ReMix' and 'Riverhead Twins'

11/4
The release of the chamber jazz opera 'Soubrette Auf Der Toilette’ on Composers Concordance Records,
featuring soprano/librettist Ljiljana Winkler 

11/6

Various compositions performed by  Peter Jarvis - percussion & Gene Pritsker - electric guitar, as part of 'Low Key' Chamber Concert #18
@ The Sky Vault

11/7

Performing with pianist Kristjan Randalu as part ofComposers Concordance presents The Kostabi World Piano Series.  GP compositions include the premiere of 'The Dark That Stands Around You' on a  poem of Erik. T. Johnson and a performance of 'unCHARTed Deconstructed #1’ 

11/11

Premiere of 'Assiduous Games' for sax and piano as part of Concordance presents

'Todd and Lesi' at Michiko Studios.

11/16
The Contemporary Music Ensemble At St. Cloud State University performs ‘Say Their Names’ at the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall in St. Cloud, MN 

 

11/16-11/19

Gene is back in Friedberg, Germany for Peter Oswalds HighBrass Festival.

Projects include 'Soubrette auf der Toilette Chamber Jazz Version', 'Zappa Ripped My Flesh', and Sound Lib. Di.J. Quartet.

11/22

EMX MEETS Composers Concordance @ Hošek Contemporary Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Gene will have numerous compostions on the program including the premiere of 'overkYll' on poetry of Anton Humpe, 'Pandemic Trios #4', Pandemic Dance #15,  as well as 'Elegy'  incidental music on a story by David Nicholson and a performance of  'Unstable Behavior In Paintings' 

11/29

'Elegy' for melody, harmony, bass & drums, performed as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Adam Holzman & Friends

Dec.

12/2

Premiere of 'overkYll II'  for soprano and chamber ensemble  as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Art of the Art Song' Featuring soprano Ljiljana Winkler  At Greenwich House.

12/3
Tania Stavreva  performs Taniapedie as part of her Birthday concert at the National Opera Center

 

12/6

Gene will have a premiere of a new Big band composition as part of Composers Concordance presents 'The CompCord Big Band' 

12/9

 Various compositions performed by guitarists James Schlefer - shakuhachi & Gene Pritsker - electric guitar, as part of 'Low Key' Chamber Concert #19 @ The Sky Vault @ The Sky Vault

12/11

Radical Static for string quintet premiered as part of Composers Concordance ‘Radical Other' event with Erik Hawkins Dance Company.

12/12

'Clap' performed at Connecticut College by students of Peter Jarvis.

12/13 

SoundLiberation performs a set at The Bitter En. featuring pianist Matt Herskowitz.

2023

Jan

1/6

Various compositions performed by bassist Paul Nowinski & guitarist Gene Pritsker as part of 'Low Key' Chamber Concert #20
@ The Sky Vault

1/7

Gene will premiere a new version of the  chamber opera 'The Meeting' as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Three Operas' at the Church St. School of Music and Art.

1/29

New composition for piano trio as part  of Composers Concordance presents The Michel Wolff Trio at Kostabi World.

Feb

2/5

'Turn Back?' performed by The Bowers Fader Duo Scholes Studio as part of their concert 

2/5-2/15
Gene will be at The University of Costa Rica as par of their "Visiting Academics Program”. He will present lectures, workshops and concerts. Inducing the Berlin Inspired Project

2/24

Various compositions performed by  Rob Schwimmer  - theremin & Gene Pritsker - guitar as part of 'Low Key' Chamber Concert #21
@ The Sky Vault

2/27

Gene will have a premiere of a new composition for electric guitar octet as part of Composers Concordance presents 'My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama MEETS Bodies Electric' at LOFT393

March

3/8

Gene will have a premiere of a new composition for flute, violin, cello  and piano as part of Composers Concordance presents 'London Trio. at Greenwich House. 

3/16

Composers Concordance presents 'Ludwig’s Night Out' with Sound Liberation featuring featuring Anne Akiko Meyers - violin.

Gene will have numerous premieres on this event including 'Ludwig’s Night Out' and 'So Very Expressive' at Birdland jazz Club

3/26

Gene will premiere 'Pete's Pots' for flower pots and percussion with Peter Jarvis and Taljun Percussion  and as well as a new composition written for the CompCord Ensemble & Taljun Percussion as part of Composers Concordance presents ''Ensemble Motion' at St. Marks Church.

New composition for 8 guitars as part of Composers Concordance"My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama MEETS Bodies Electric'

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Gene will have a premiere of a new composition for brass trio as part of Composers Concordance presents 'B3+.

April

5/20 

The CompCord Jazz Ensemble performs a set at Birdland jazz Club. Gene Will have a premiere of a piece fro the group 

 
 
 
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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 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

Albums

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Soubrette auf der Toilette

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Let's Save The World Suite
Let's Save The World Suite

‘Let’s Save the World Suite’ is a seven movement composition based on three poems of Erik T. Johnson. It is scored for a quintet of trumpet, sax, electric guitar, electric bass and drum set, with a narrator reciting the poem in three of the movements.

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Cover Cloud Atlas Album
Cover Cloud Atlas Album

CLOUD ATLAS SYMPHONY

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Duets For The End Of The World’
Duets For The End Of The World’

Duets For The End Of The World' is a collaboration between alto saxophonist Todd Rewoldt and composer/guitarist Gene Pritsker, recorded remotely during the pandemic. The album emphasizes duets Pritsker wrote for Rewoldt and himself, but also features Gene’s music for solo alto sax and electronics, larger chamber ensembles, and a composition by composer Seth Boustead.

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'Stray-in-Place Song Cycle' Gene Pritsker & Erik T. Johnson
'Stray-in-Place Song Cycle' Gene Pritsker & Erik T. Johnson

'Stray-in-Place Song Cycle' is an album of six eclectic songs by Gene Pritsker, based on the poetry of  Erik T. Johnson and inspired by the lockdown of 2021. Three of the songs are rock-influenced and the others have jazzier roots. All are performed by world-class musicians. A variety of singers add their unique styles to six pieces, giving the recording an extra-eclectic flavor. They are: Stefanie Egger (Austria); Sophie Dunér (Sweden); Berzan Önen (Turkey); Yelena Dudochkin (USA); and Stefani

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COVER big
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Protest

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GP Trio

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EroicAnization

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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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“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