‘The Rite of Spring – Through an Eclectic Spectrum’

by Gene Pritsker

performed by Sound Liberation

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in honor of the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’

Cutting Room

Sunday, April 28th at 8pm

44 E 32nd Street, NYC


The Rite of Spring was premiered on the 29th of May in 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. The ballet caused quite a stir with its sexual and unconventional movements as well as Stravinsky’s unique and avant-garde music. It has been reported that the performance caused a riot, where people were literally out of their seats jumping and pounding one another. I always regarded this as the first mosh pit of the 20th century. As a teenager studying music, I was strongly influenced by ‘The Rite of Spring’. I listened to it over and over until what sounded like noise at first revealed itself to be the most incredible piece of music I have ever heard. I have always wanted to reinterpret this music through my own experience. On April 28th at the Cutting Room, with my band Sound Liberation and 100 years after its premiere in Paris, I will present my 45 minute composition. This new look at ‘The Rite’ interprets the various elements of this music using my eclectic methods and ideas: writing hip-hop and jazz songs, using improvisational techniques (like the ones used in African and Indian music), incorporating DJ and electronic elements and employing the various genres and techniques that have been developed since the premiere of this masterpiece . Joining me in Sound Liberation will be: Chanda Rule – voice, LeeAnet Noble – percussion/rap/tap dance, Franz Hackl – trumpet, Greg Baker – guitar, Dan Cooper – 7-string bass guitar / flute, Gernot Bernroider – drums and myself on guitar/rap/Di.J.  

–  Gene Pritsker


Gene Pritsker


Sound Liberation


hear the movement ‘Rite of Spring Jam’ live from Bremen Musikfest here:



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