Color Theory

PRISM Quartet

2014
$200,000

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PRISM Quartet performs with So Percussion in a Color Theory concert in June 2016. Photo by Scott Friedlander, courtesy of PRISM Quartet.

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The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

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The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

The PRISM Quartet creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. For Color Theory, PRISM commissioned new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which paired the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate the concept of "musical color." PRISM partnered with Partch, an ensemble devoted to American composer and musical instrument builder Harry Partch (1901–74), and Brooklyn-based ensemble Sō Percussion, for *Color Theory* concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts were broadcast live on WWFM and a follow-up audio recording was made available on Innova Records. The project alsod include panel discussions that examine color theory across disciplines; a Harry Partch lecture and instrument-making workshop; a composer symposium at the Curtis Institute of Music; and family workshops at the Free Library.

PRISM Quartet and Sō Percussion perform "Blue Notes and Other Clashes" by Steve Mackey

PRISM Quartet and Sō Percussion perform "Blue Notes and Other Clashes" by Steve Mackey.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.