For Immediate Release Composers Concordance Records presents the CD Release Concert for
Gene Pritsker’s chamber opera
William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience
Sunday, March 4th, 9:30pm 2012
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NY
event website http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3026
For more information, contact:
Composers Concordance Records
646 522 9442
Composers Concordance Records celebrates its February 2012 release of Gene Pritsker’s chamber opera:
’William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience’. The concert will feature arias from the opera performed by soprano Lynn Norris, jazz/gospel voice of Chanda Rule, baritone Charles Coleman, narrator Peter Christian Hall, with Gene Pritsker and Greg Baker; guitars,
Dan Barrett; cello and Larry Goldman; bass.
This event will also showcase music from upcoming Composers Concordance Records releases including:
Zentripetal String Duo with Lynn Bechtold – violin and Jen DeVore – cello.
Non Western Omelet by The International Street Cannibals.
Featuring Dan Barrett – cello, Dan Cooper – bass, Max Pollak – tap and body percussion
Composers Concordance present ‘Song Cycles’. Featuring Lynn Norris – soprano and Luis Andrei Cobo – piano
Subversion by guitarist Greg Baker. Featuring Greg Baker and Gene Pritsker – guitars
You can sample music from the album and learn more about it here: http://www.wix.com/noizepunk/wj
here is a full aria from the opera Closer to me than my Own Breath Aria
The opera has received the following review:
“This new recording is beautiful—musically and dramatically.” … “Delicate, taut, and incisive writing. Beautiful interplay between instruments and voices, between the rhythm/melodies/harmonies and the text. ‘Synaptic’ guitar picking; a really elegant solo improvisation on Track 5.”… “I ’m uplifted by this new Pritsker CD—impressed by the authenticity of music that “had to come out”, had to be composed, had to exist.” … “T his opera by Gene Pritsker honors that Jamesian notion. The opera—and this recording—are a welcome invitation to self-discovery, to mutual respect and tolerance for the spirituality (or lack thereof) of others, and to joyous, mindful living in community. Look for the CD when it’s released in February. Very worth your listening!”
– Doug McNair, Chamber Music Today, Jan. 2012
“This genuine chamber opera is a ground breaking contribution to the operatic genre for the early ‘012s”…”The intellectual level of his (Pritsker’s) compositions marks a radical departure from most new “classical” music.”
– Peter Woolf, Musical Pointers, jan. 2012
“This chamber opera performance has beautiful vocals. I like it…You definitely have to check out this recording.”
– Peter Van Laarhoven, United-Mutations, Feb. 2012
“The stylistic range is broad and the synthesis effective”…”It is yet another convincing example of Gene Pritsker’s originality and distinctiveness as a composer. It should interest and delight those who seek the “new” in new music. This is indeed new!”
– Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical – Modern Music Blog, Feb. 20112
Composer Gene Pritsker has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and 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 who have released cd’s on Col-legno and Innova Records. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Adelaide Symphony, The Athens Camarata, Brooklyn and Berlin Philharmonic. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies.
The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Raul d’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.