PRISM Quartet http://wrti.org en Matthew Levy: People's Emergency Center http://wrti.org/post/matthew-levy-peoples-emergency-center <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">WRTI's</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kile</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;Smith, host of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wrti.org/programs/now-time" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Now Is the Time</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, recommends...</span></p><p>Saxophonist and Prism Quartet founder Matthew Levy has spent his career getting other composers played; now the spotlight's on him in a new CD, and what a brilliance it reveals.<br /><br />Call&nbsp;the Prism Saxophone Quartet&nbsp;contemporary-classical, call them avant-jazz, even call them omnivorous, but whatever you call them, they've been setting the gold standard for three decades. 2014 is in fact their 30th anniversary, and in that time, while centered in Philadelphia, they've been everywhere, stretching styles while inhabiting classical, jazz, world, and rock idioms.<br /><br />Prism has commissioned more than 150 works, but in <strong>People's Emergency Center</strong> (Innova) they turn the entire two-disc set over to Matthew Levy.<br /><br />People's Emergency Center is the first movement of <em>Been There</em>, and is also the name of a shelter helping women and children in West Philadelphia. It and the second movement, Gymnopedie (the word Erik Satie coined for his most famous piece), are culled from Levy's music for a documentary about the shelter. The Prism four (Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, Zachary Shemon, and Levy), bass, drums, guitar, and former Prism member Tim Ries on soprano saxophone all create magic with swirling precision.<br /><br />Levy's voice is at once vernacular and otherworldly, steeped in jazz but living in—as Henry Cowell would have it—the whole world of music. <em>Serial Mood</em> seems to ponder that post-Schoenberg world of harmony, and in doing so reveals a tasty secret known to Dizzy Gillespie, Gunther Schuller, and a few other hep cats: If you play 12-tone music with a hard, swinging beat, it sounds for all the world like be-bop.<br /><br />That's one of the unexpected treats that Levy offers. Another is the overarching spirit of generosity—to the listener and to each player. All the music of his I've heard exhibits this. Whether it's rhythmically striking, sonically challenging, or a charming tune, it is genial music offered warmly to a real world filled with real people who want something good to hear. An excellent example is <em>Brown Eyes</em>, which here employs the whole band, but which Levy first had played in public in a smaller version. The occasion of the premiere? His wedding.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">[</span><em style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">Been There</em><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">Brown Eyes</em><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;were featured on&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://kilesmith.com/2014/05/09/guardian-angel-on-now-is-the-time/" style="color: rgb(33, 117, 155); outline: none; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;" target="_blank">Now Is the Time</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">, May 10, 2014.]</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:54:07 +0000 Kile Smith 7324 at http://wrti.org Matthew Levy: People's Emergency Center PRISM Quartet--BlobFest--Philly's Historical Interpreters--German Soc. of PA's Hardy Von Auenmueller http://wrti.org/post/prism-quartet-blobfest-phillys-historical-interpreters-german-soc-pas-hardy-von-auenmueller <p>As PRISM Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary, David Patrick Stearns profiles the all-saxophone group that has built a repertoire of more than 100 pieces.</p> <p>Susan Lewis looks at the way Phoenixville is reinventing itself through arts, culture, and entertainment. The former mill town is getting set to stage its 11th annual BlobFest - an event that kicks off with a reenactment of a scene from <i>The Blob</i>, the 1958 horror movie that made the Colonial Theater famous.</p> <p>Tom Keels spends time with some of Philadelphia's historical interpreters as they approach their busiest time of year.</p> <p>Jim Cotter speaks with board chairman of the German Society of Pennsylvania, Hardy Von Auenmueller.</p> Fri, 02 Jul 2010 19:00:00 +0000 David Patrick Stearns, Susan Lewis & Jim Cotter & Tom Keels 2372 at http://wrti.org PRISM Quartet--BlobFest--Philly's Historical Interpreters--German Soc. of PA's Hardy Von Auenmueller PRISM Quartet Celebrates 25th Anniversary http://wrti.org/post/prism-quartet-celebrates-25th-anniversary <p class="legacy-byline">By Jim Cotter</p><p class="legacy-audio-url">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrti/local-wrti-906826.mp3</p><p class="legacy-audio-caption">PRISM Quartet Celebrates 25th Anniversary</p><p>The mission of the all-saxophone, Philadelphia-based quartet is to commission and disseminate new works for the saxophone. In celebration of PRISM&#39;s 25-year milestone, they presented <i>Dave, The Premiere</i> - new music composed &quot;by guys named Dave,&quot; on June 4 and 5, 2010.</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2010 21:59:36 +0000 3331 at http://wrti.org Phila. Orch. Principals--Phila. Theatre Co.'s GOLDEN AGE--Healing War Veterans--PRISM Quartet's 25th http://wrti.org/post/phila-orch-principals-phila-theatre-cos-golden-age-healing-war-veterans-prism-quartets-25th <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra principal harp Elizabeth Hainen, and principal cello Hai-Ye Ni. Both are soloists in upcoming concerts under Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.</p> <p>Susan Lewis takes us to the <i>Golden Age</i>, a new play by Terrence McNally. The Philadelphia Theater Company production premieres January 22.</p> <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Gala True, a Veterans Administration medical anthropologist studying the use of story telling techniques found in folklore and oral history projects, to help heal Afghan and Iraq war veterans.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles PRISM Quartet. The all-saxophone group, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has built a repertoire of more than 100 pieces.</p> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:42:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns 2287 at http://wrti.org Phila. Orch. Principals--Phila. Theatre Co.'s GOLDEN AGE--Healing War Veterans--PRISM Quartet's 25th