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

April

4/1

Release of the Album 'Duets For The End Of The World' a duo recording with alto saxophonist Todd Rewoltd and GP on Composers Concordance Records

4/2

'Conscious Fluids' performed by The CompCord Ensemble as part of 'NYsoundCircuit Meets Composers Concordance' concert at  Holy Apostles Church 

4/8
Dizzy & Gene Pritsker - perform from their ‘songs Eclectic’ album at The Delancey. Gene’s songs include: 'Slippery Slope', 'Funeral Blues', and the premiere of 'Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday' s'

4/10

Low Key Chamber Concert #13  - ‘My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama Trio’ with 
Jane Getter and Bruce Arnold, at the Sky Vault, NYC

4/15

The CompCord Jazz Ensemble perfomrs as part of   Harlem Jazz Boxx Creative Music Series at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, Gene willl premiere 'Infinity Of The Soul' and 'The Sauce'

4/21
'Migration Song’ performed by the St. Cloud State University Contemporary Music Ensemble in St. Cloud, MN

4/22
Kai Schumacher and the Signum Saxophone Quartet perform ‘Goldberg Blues Variation' as part of KAI & FRIENDS VOL. 5 'Goldberg Nights’ at Mercator Hall Philharmonic in Duisburg, Germany

4/23

Low Key Chamber Concert #14  - duo with composer/violinist David Soldier at the Sky Vault, NYC

4/24

Composers Concordance presents the new group 'In4Mation' with Jane Getter and Gene Pritsker, bassist Harvie S. and drummer Gerry Brown. Performing a set at of original music at Kostabi World 

4/29

CompCord Ensemble Presents a concert as part of the NWEAMO Festival in San Diego, CA. It will also be a CD release for 'Duets For The end of the World', a Duo album with saxophonist Todd Rewoltd.

May

5/1

Premiere of 'Einstein's Favorite Piece Of Music' fro electric guitar and Samplestra at the 

12th Annual Comp-Play- Comp

     Marathon - ‘Lets get Physicists’ at DROM NYC 

as part of Composers Concordance

'Science Festival'

5/6

The solo cello piece '45' as performed by Borislav Strulev is released as a single on Composers Concordance Records

5/12
'Sound Surround - Found In Space' at Kostabi World, Gene's 'Space Sounds Interactions' for tuba and Samplestra (with a new 6-channel surround mix) is performed by Jay Rozen, as part of Composers Concordance
''Science Festival'

5/13

Release of the Cloud Atlas Symphony performed by the MDR Symphony orchestra Kristjan JArvi conductor on NEscapes Records

5/15

John Clark - horn & Gene Pritsker - electric guitar perform a duo show at  L’ARTISTA in Sugar Hill Harlem.

Gene's compositions include 'Pandemic Dance' #28 and 'Cross-Examine Canons II'  

 

5/16
My Orchestration of the ‘Song’ by Ukrainian composer Andriy Shtoharenko and a new Cadenza by Gene, premiered by Petro Krysa on violin with the  Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Seattle Opera Orchestra. As part of  UNITY: A CONCERT FOR UKRAINE at McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA. 

5/21

'Name 2 Chemist-Composers of     Georgian Extraction'  at Gallery MC. Gene premieres ‘Science Poems’ for narrator and large chamber ensemble as part of Composers Concordance

'Science Festival'

5/25
Soprano Ljiljana Winkler premieres 'Transgender Quotes' for soprano and piano at the
Universität Augsburg Konzertsaal in Leopold Mozart Zentrum,  Augsburg, Germany 

5/28

'Heavy Metals' at the Delancey Gene's premieres the songs 'Revenge' and 'The Masks'

as part of Composers Concordance

'Science Festival'

June

6/3
Kathleen Supove premieres 'Mantra #5' as part of the Here and Now Series at Bargemusic.

6/4

'Animal intelligence' at Michiko Studios Gene premieres 'Hey, Human' with the CompCord Ensemble 

as part of Composers Concordance

'Science Festival'

6/5

'Meeting of the Violins'
Feat. Emer Kinsella & George Alexander Chliavoras - violins
Gene Pritsker - guitar, Robert C. Ford - poet Live at the Sky Vault. Performing various compositions by Gene.

6/9

Kathleen Supove premieres  'Friendly Variations' part of Composers Concordance 'Variations' event, at Greenwich House

6/14

Premieres of 'Infinity Of The Soul' for septet with the CompCord Jazz Ensemble as part of Composers Concordance Generations XI (Jazz Band)  concert at Goddard Riverside

6/18

Low Key Chamber Concert #15  -Miolina performs at the Sky Vault, NYC. Performing Gene's 'Empty Bottles'

6/19

Percussionist Patti Cudd premieres ‘Percussiomatics’ for cajon and Samplestra as part of Concept Lab at the Rockwood Musi Hall

6/21

Percussionist Patti Cudd performs  'Melting Pot' as part of New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at the Loreto Theater 

6/25

CompCord Ensemble performs at The Howland Cultural Center with a program titled 'Operas, Songs & Poems', Gene premieres a mini opera on a stroy by Roger Aplon called 'the Meetin'

6/26
Two orchestrations of songs by violinist Deni Bonet 'Love is a Circular Thing' and 'Never Enough' performed by Deni and the Symphonic Pops of Long Island orchestra with conductor Stephen Michael Smith at Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY

6/26
Augustus Arnone premies ‘Quarantine Blues’ for solo piano as part of his Collide-O-Scope Music:
Persistence Commissions event at Christ & Saint Stephen's Church 

6/28
Sound Liberation perform a set at Theater 80 as part of Composers Concordance  presents
‘Eclectic Bands for Theater 80’, a benefit sow for the theater. 

July 

7/9

Composers Concordance in Berlin @ Hošek Contemporary Gallery, Premieres include 'Quotes from people born on July 9', 'Vocal Canons' and performances of  'Light, Night and the Replaceables’, 'Renascence', and 'The difference Unhappiness'. 

7/14
Refael Negri performs ‘Redeem’ for solo violin  at the Jewish Museum in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

7/15
The mini opera 'Soubrette auf der Toilette Chamber Jazz Version',  performed at the Kleiner Goldener Saal in Augsburg, Germany. Also on the program the songs ‘Path’, 'Purcell Laid back Groove’ and  a  Chamber Jazz Version of ‘Blues From An Airport Bar’. Performed by soprano Ljiljana Winkler 

 

7/19
Sound Liberation Di.J. Quartet performs at Wienstation in Vienna Austria. 'A set of Gene’s music featuring him as Di.J..

7/23

Rockin 'Ruins Re-Imagined by Gene Pritsker with the voice of Chanda Rule Gene conducts the ensemble KONTRASTE in premieres of 8 of his arrangements of the music of Deep Purple including the premiere of his composition 'A Deeper Purple Overture'

7/30 & 31
The Nürnberger Symphoniker performs ‘Cloud atlas Sextet For String Orchestra’ at the Serenade Court, Nuremberg as part of their 'THE CARIBBEAN ESCAPE
CINEMA FOR THE EARS' concert

 7/31

Premiere of ‘TMI’ for solo accordion at the 2022 Accordion Seminars - virtual Dr. William Schimmel curator

Aug.

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

8/7

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

 

Sept.

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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 

9/14

CompCord Chamber Orchestra with special guest Suzanne Vega perform as part of the VillageTrip Festival. Gene will have a premiere of a chamber orch. piece as well as arrangements of Suzanne Vega's songs.

Nov.

11/16-11/19

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

Dec.

12/11(?)

A new string quintet performed as part of Composers Concordance ‘Radical Other' event with Erik Hawkins Dance Company.

2023

Jan

1/7

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

Feb

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. 

 
 
 

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

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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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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SOLO, DUO, TRIO, QUARTET, QUINTET
SOLO, DUO, TRIO, QUARTET, QUINTET

SOLO, DUO, TRIO, QUARTET, QUINTET THE CHAMBER & ELECTRONIC MUSIC OF GENE PRITSKER

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Days - Sound Liberation
Days - Sound Liberation
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WILLIAM JAMES'S VRE
WILLIAM JAMES'S VRE

William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience a chamber opera by 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