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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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Recent & Upcoming

Performances:

2022

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

'Faceless' for trumpet and  Big band premiered as part of Composers Concordance presents 'The CompCord Big Band' 

Also an arrangement of Sophie Duners 'Let's Go Commercial'

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

Lara St. John performs 'ChristMess Blues - violin & piano version; as part of WQXR’s Christmas Concert

at The Greene Space.

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

12/13 

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

2023

Jan

1/7

Genes chamber opera 'The Meeting' performed (an extended version) as part of Composers Concordance presents 'The Most Expensive Noise' at the Church St. School of Music and Art.

1/19

'Goldberg Blues Variations’  performed at the Valletta Baroque Festival today by Kai Schumacher, piano and the SIGNUM saxophone quartet at the Archaeology Museum in Valletta, Malta

1/20

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

1/23

Release of the single & video for the song 'Better Now' 

1/29

'TMI Strut' for piano trio as part  of Composers Concordance presents The Michel Wolff Trio at Kostabi World as part of Composers Concordance presents the Kostabi World Piano Series

Feb

2/3

Release of the album 'Dave & Gene Duo' on Composers Concordance Records 

2/3

Dave & Gene Duo Album release show at The Delancey. Music By Gene & Dave Taylor 

2/4

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

2/5-2/12
Gene will be at The University of Costa Rica as part of the 'Visiting Academics Program”. He will present lectures, workshops and concerts. Inducing the Berlin Inspired Project

2/10 

The program Berlin Inspired performed at Teatro de las Artes in the University of Costa'Rica by Gene and the students from the university. Music includes 'Berlin Suite', 'Berlin Symphonies Remix', 'Midsummers Night Scream', 'Drop Of Blood' and arrangements of music from the TV show Babylon Berlin

2/18

'Tango In V' performed by Machiko Ozawa as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Tango' at Steel Wig Music

2/19

In4Mation performs at the Bitter End

Gene will premiere unCharted Deconstructed  #2

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

Premiere of 'Inhibitive Control II'  for 7 electric guitars and electric bass 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 'Shadow'  for flute, violin, cello  and piano as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Generations XII' at Greenwich House. 

3/16

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

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

3/19

William Anderson performs ‘Love Through Chants A Thousand-Mouths Wide’ in Passau, Germany

3/26

Gene will premiere 2 movements form  'Pete's Pots' for flower pots and percussion with Peter Jarvis and Taljun Percussion as well as 'Motion Fanfare' written for the CompCord Ensemble & Taljun Percussion as part of Composers Concordance presents ''Ensemble Motion' at St. Marks Church.

April

4/20 

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

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

4/29

New composition premiered as part of Composers Concordance presents 'Bagels & Brass' at Goddard Riverside.

May

Composers Concordance presents the 11th Annual CompCord

Festival. 5 concerts in all on the theme of 'What's In a Name?'

Gene Will have a composition on each of event. 

5/21

Premiere of a composition at the 13th AnnualComp-Play-Comp Marathon  ‘Name Dropping’ as part of   Composers Concordance presents the 11th Annual CompCord

Festival.

June

6/24
‘Blues from an Airport Bar (Chamber Jazz Version)’, the song ‘Path’, ‘Purcell Laid Back Groove' and  2 new arrangements of music by Mozart and Bizet performed at  Die Lange Kunstnacht     (The Long Night of Art)  in Augsburg, Germany,  by Ljiljana Winkler an
d Formation Solenne.

6/24

The CompCord Ensemble performs at The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon NY. Gene will have a premiere of a piece

 

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

Dave & Gene Duo
Dave & Gene Duo

Composer/bass trombonist Dave Taylor and composer/guitarist Gene Pritsker present a full album of duets for this unique instrumental combination. The album was mostly recorded remotely during the pandemic, some of the music was newly written for the project and many of the pieces Dave and Gene performed together before. The whole album was inspired after the duo recorded Gene’s ‘Pandemic Dance #22’, which was part of his Pandemic Dances project.

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Only A Game
Only A Game

‘Only A Game’ was a commission by Robert Shannon Fields, to write music for his ballet libretto that he wrote decades ago in the former east Germany. I wrote this string trio inspired by the actions and words of Robert's ballet scenario. The music flowed to the imaginary dancers in my mind that were swaying, jumping acting out Robert's story; the 3rd act starts with a scene called 'A Special Game’. Here the solo cello delves into Shostakovich like chromaticism and lyricism, playing a game with

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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
COVER big

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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“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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