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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

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.

2/20

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

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.

 

 

March

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

Port of Entry: New York by pianist Ruoting Li & the CompCord String Quintet. 

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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3/9

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

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

 

TO BE RESCHEDULED 
Composers Concordance presents the 'So Wrong Its Right trombone Quartet in a concert called 'Words & Music' Premiere of Gene’s  'The Living Unutterable’ at Jim Kempner’s Gallery.

April

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)

TO BE RESCHEDULED 

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.

TO BE RESCHEDULED 

Premiere of 'WE' for chamber ensemble as part of the  Queens New Music Festival. Performed by the CompCord Ensemble at The Secret Theater

5/16

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.

TO BE RESCHEDULED 

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

5/21

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

 O Haiku My Haiku

venue TBA 

5/30

'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. 

5/31

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.

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.

6/8 

4/3

'Drummer Dances' performed by The Licorice Clarinet Quartet as part of Composers Concordance and Project 142 'Clarinet Motion' concert at The DiMenna Center, Benzaquen Hall

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. 

6/18

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

TO BE RESCHEDULED 

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 

6/21

Pianists Tania Stavreva performs ‘Kandinsky's Improvisations' at the National Opera Center in NYC

6/27

Sound Liberation performs at The Bitter End. 

July 

 

7/23
'Berlin Inspired’ a concert of Gene's compositions and arrangements inspired by the great city, with ErnsembleKontraste including the premiere of a new piece for voice and chamber ensemble based on poetry about Berlin or written in Berlin, a Rammstein/Meyerbeer Mash up, and a hip-hop version of a song made popular by Marlene Dietrich. Also on the program: Berlin Suite, Berlin Symphonies Remix, Midsummers Night Scream, Drop Of Blood and music form the TV show Babylon Berlin that Gene co composed and Arranged.  the concert wile in Katharinenruine, Nuremberg, Germany.

 

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

Nov. 

11/3

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

'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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VRE Suite - Sound Liberation

VRE Suite performed by the Sound Liberation Quintet on Innova Records

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