Gambler - Gene Pritsker
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“...much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.”

-  All About Jazz

 

"...audacious...multitalented."

-  The New York Times

 

"dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it's done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre".

- The Music Connoisseur 

 

"His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day renaissance man. "

- Classical Music Sentinel

 

"Pritsker has a natural ability to write music that is unselfconsciously original and absorbing in a way that resembles nobody else."  

- Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

It is, by now, an aphorism that “You never know what the composer Gene Pritsker will create next” 

                       - Jazzdagama

  

Recent & Upcoming Performances:

2020

Jan.

1/1

The premiere of 'EroicAnization' a commission for ensemble KONTRASTE, for Di.J. and chamber ensemble based on Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony conducted by Hans Rotman, performed at Tafelhalle, in Nuremberg, Germany. Also as an encore on this concert is the premiere of 'Fur Elise Charleston'  

1/2

Three of gene;s songs performed as part of JAM MUSIC LAB feat. Stefanie Egger in Vienna, Austria. 

1/12

'We Have Won. You Have No Say' for flute, clarinet, violin and piano premiered as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Bob Brashear & CompCord Ensemble' at Kostabi world Uptown. Also on the concert are 3 chamber arrangements Gene did of song by Robert L. Brashear. 

1/16

Duo concert with pianist Antonis Anissegos, performing guiatr and piano duos, including 'Key to My Nausea' and 'You’re Hopeless When the Sun Goes Away' at Spectrum in Brooklyn.

1/23
Jihoo Kim premieres ' Devils Sympathy Variations’ for solo piano at t Folkwang University in Duisburg, Germany 

 

1/24

Premiere of 'Prelude & Fugue #2' performed by Carlton Holmes, and the premiere of  'The Right Hand Does Not Know What the Left Hand is Doing' co composed with Peter Jarvis perfomred by Carl Bolleia, as part of Composers Concordance and Project142 presents 'Three's Keys' concert at the DiMenna Center.

1/25
Album release salon concert for 'Music for Dreams ChillHop Remix' Salon concert with pianist Magdalena Stern-Baczewska.

1/26

Premiere of ‘Pack’ for percussion quartet as part of Composers Concordance,  William Paterson University & Composers Guild of New Jersey present: 'Backpack Concert'. Performed by the NJ Perc. Quartet at Salon33 in Princeton NJ

1/26  

Warren Nicholson performs ‘Snyeg’’ for solo guitar at St. Lukes Anglican Church of Canada in Ottowa, Ontario

1/27-29

Recording at Abbey Roads Studios in London, England. 'Secret Project' motion picture. 

1/31

Performance  of ‘Pack’ for percussion quartet as part of Composers Concordance,  William Paterson University & Composers Guild of New Jersey present: 'Backpack Concert'. Performed by the NJ Perc. Quartet at Bar Thalia | Symphony Space

Feb.

2/3

Performance  of ‘Pack’ for percussion quartet as part of Composers Concordance,  William Paterson University & Composers Guild of New Jersey present: 'Backpack Concert'. Performed by the NJ Perc. Quartet at William Paterson University

2/9
Carlton Holmes performs ‘Prelude & Fugue #2’ as part of a Yamaha sponsored concert at  Goddard Riverside - Bernie Wohl Center.

2/21

Joshua Thomas performs 'Gladiator' for alto sax and Samplestra at Connecticut College Evans Hall as part of the faculty showcase recital

 

2/25
Dan Auerbach and Jai Jeffryes perform ‘Suite #1’ as part of the Composers Now at the College of Staten Island 

2/27

Carl Patrick Bolleia performs 'The Right Hand Does Not Know What the Left Hand is Doing’ at William Paterson University  

 

2/29

Premiere of 'Drama' for viola and piano as part of Composers Concordance 'Wingjammwe' concert at Spectrum in Brooklyn, NYC.

2/29
Thomas Piercy and Takahashi Yumi perform  'Sakura Fragment’ at HitotSugicho Club in Tokyo Japan as part of ‘Clarinet from New York Concert’ 

 

March

3/2

Carl Patrick Bolleia performs 'The Right Hand Does Not Know What the Left Hand is Doing’ at William Paterson University  

3/3
‘Away’ for piano and string quintet performed at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium as part of

Port of Entry: New York 
by pianist Jasna Popovic. 

3/6

The release of the album 'Operatic Electric' on Composers Concordance Records. Music for countertenor and electronics.

 

3/7
Sound Liberation performs at Pianos

Premieres of 'Source' and 'May The Great Ark Save The Drones' as well as older compositions including: 'Strive', 'Money', 'What We Got Here Now'. 

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3/12

Sound Liberation performs as part of Composers Concordance Eclectic Bands concert at Settepani
Part of the Ode to Harlem Series

3/15

'TINPANAPNIT' premiered as part of Composers Concordance 'Tin Pan Allegiances' concert at National Opera Center - Domingo Hall

3/28

'Early Retirement' a  silent film score performed a part of Sound of Silent Film Festival 2020 presented by Access Contemporary Music  

at Davis Theater in Chicago. 

3/29
Composers Concordance  presents the 'So Wrong Its Right trombone Quartet. Premiere of Gene’s  'The Living Unutterable’ at Jim Kempner’s Gallery.

April

4/3

'Drummer Dances' performed by The Licorice Clarinet Quartet as part of Composers Concordance and Project 142 'Clarinet Motion' concert.

4/7

Warren Nicholson performs ‘Snyeg’’ for solo guitar at Kings Chapel 'Tuesday Recitals’ in Boston M.A

4/26

Premieres of a chamber piece as part of Composers Concordance 9th Annual CompCord Festival: 'Comp | Lit Festival'

11th Annual Comp-Play-Comp Marathon

at DROM NYC.

4/30

Premieres of the sextet 'Now Is the Winter of Our Discoteque' as part of Composers Concordance 9th Annual CompCord Festival: 'Comp | Lit Festival'

 Now Is the Winter of Our Discoteque

by the CompCord Ensemble at Michiko Studios NYC.

May

Gene has 5 premieres as part of Composers Concordance 9th Annual CompCord Festival: 'Comp | Lit Festival'

The 5 concerts are:

i. 11th Annual Comp-Play-Comp Marathon  

    'Words & Music Theme’ (4/26)

ii. Now Is the Winter of Our Discoteque  (4/30)

iii. O Haiku My Haiku (5/3)

iv. Fortune Favors the Rave (5/8)

v. Humbug-Jitterbug (5/10)

5/3

Premieres of a chamber piece as part of Composers Concordance 9th Annual CompCord Festival: 'Comp | Lit Festival'

 O Haiku My Haiku

venue TBA 

5/8

Premieres of an electronic piece as part of Composers Concordance 9th Annual CompCord Festival: 'Comp | Lit Festival'

Fortune Favors the Rave

at Bar Thalia, Symphony Space

5/10

Premieres of 'Humbug-Jitterbug' for  big band as part of Composers Concordance 9th Annual CompCord Festival: 'Comp | Lit Festival'

Humbug-Jitterbug

performed by The CompCord Big band at Caveat.

5/14

Premiere of a chamber piece with voice as part of the  Queens New Music Festival. Performed by the CompCord Ensemble at The Secret Theater

5/17

Performance at Westminster college as part of 'Who's Afraid Of New Music' Marathon concert. 

5/31
Pianists Tania Stavreva performs ‘Kandinsky's Improvisations' at Pierre’s Fine Pianos in Los Angeles, CA. 

June

6/4

New quartet performed as part of Composers Concordance 'Generations X' concert, feat. the Unheard-of Ensemble.

6/12

New composition performed as part of Composers Concordance 'Conga Mania' concert

6/14

The premiere of a new chamber piece as part of Composers Concordance & Howland Cultural Center presents the CompCord Ensemble in Beacon NY. 

8/18

Premiere of a piece for trumpet and string quartet as part of Composers Concordance & Entertaining Science concert with Franz Hackl and Quartet MetaData.

6/21

CompCord Ensemble performs at OH PENNY PICTURES fundraiser for the documentary series Pillars of Madness: A History of American Psychiatry. Gene will have a premiere of a new song based on poetry of Erik T. Johnson. At St. Marks Church on The Bowery 

July 

7/31

 William Schimmel  premieres 'The Year Of Goodbye' for solo accordion as part of the American Accordionists' master class & concert series at Tenri in NYC.

Aug.

8/6-8
Gene is back at the Outreach Music Festival in Schwaz, Austria where he will present the program 'Zappa Ripped my Flesh’ and premiere his song 
‘Where is that River Now’ with the Outreach Orchestra featuring vocalist Chanda Rule

'Intending to make music dangerous again.”
- Sequenza21

In world dominated by safe, carefully calculated music-making. Gene Pritsker is refreshing. If it tweaks our collective noses, perhaps they deserve tweaking. 
- Fanfare Magazine 

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Bach Re Invented

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

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