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Color Theory / Prism Quartet, So Quartet

Release Date: 04/14/2017 
Label:  Prism Quartet - Xas Records   Catalog #: 102  
Composer:  Steven MackeyKen UenoStratis Minakakis
Performer:  Derek Johnson
Conductor:  Stratis Minakakis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  So PercussionPrism QuartetPartch
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When the Prism Quartet decided to commission a body of work built around the idea of musical colors, it seemed a natural next step for a group that has already created a substantial and diverse repertoire fo music built around the almost infinitely variable sounds of the saxophone family. The sax has a long tradition in classical music, and rock, and even South Indian music; but its most famous players have been jazz musicians - from Coleman Hawkins to Charlie Parker to John Coltrane - whose sound was built around the so-called "blue" notes that are part of the fabric of jazz. So the members of the quartet had a deep connection with the idea of tone colors. But that wasn't the Color Theory moment of genius. No, that came when Read more Prism decided to ask composers Steven Mackey, Ken Ueno, and Stratis Minakakis to write for the combination of saxophone quartet and percussion. There is no more kaleidoscopic palette in the instrumental world than in the percussion section - where over the years composers have placed such sonic oddities as bird calls, a record player, automobile parts, and the piano. Color Theory pairs Prism with two percussion-based ensembles: S? Percussion, the New York-based quartet whose definition of "percussion" is liberal enough to include teacups, twigs, and fuzz; and Partch, the California-based ensemble that plays mid-20th century instruments designed by Harry Partch, whose 42-note-to-the-octave tuning system operates with a completely different sonic palette. Read less

Works on This Recording

Blue Notes and Other Clashes by Steven Mackey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  So Percussion,  Prism Quartet
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; United States 
Future Lilacs by Ken Ueno
Performer:  Derek Johnson (Electric Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prism Quartet,  Partch
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
Skiagrafies by Stratis Minakakis
Conductor:  Stratis Minakakis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prism Quartet,  Partch
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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