PRISM Quartet will commission four renowned composers—Martin Bresnick, George Lewis, Arturo O’Farrill, and Juri Seo—to create works exploring the metaphorical meaning of walls in contemporary society, each inspired by poems of their choosing. Taking its title from Robert Frost’s 1914 poem “Mending Wall,” the project invites the composers to examine the range of connotations evoked by walls, and give musical form to pressing questions about community, division, and freedom. In a staged concert directed by Jorinde Keesmaat—currently a director-in-residence at New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera—PRISM’s saxophone quartet will be joined by soprano Tony Arnold on George Lewis’ piece, and by four-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill for his composition. The works will be recorded for commercial release on XAS Records.
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