We had the PRISM Quartet here for a residency a couple months back, and I got so side-tracked by ensuing events, I never wrote about how wonderful they were. Never mind the brutally beautiful concert they played, featuring Albright, Sciarrino, Engebretson and Bresnick – what really got me was the amazing job they did with our student pieces. Normally, when we bring guest groups in to record student pieces, they give us their all for about 3-4 hours. PRISM requested two different sessions – an open rehearsal on Friday night, and a recording session on Sunday. They wanted a chance to talk with the students about their works, a day to let the music settle in, then an intensive let-it-all-hang-out time with the mikes. The composers got a lot out of it, and the results were really wonderful.

From left to right: Taimur Sullivan, Jesse Blair, Alicia Santee, Matthew Levy, Kenneth Frazelle, Zachary Shemon, Michael Ahrens, Lucas Hausrath, Tom Brennan, Leo Hurley, Timothy McAllister. photo by me.

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