Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and PRISM Quartet, Inc. present Heritage/Evolution Marathon: Celebrating the Saxophone. Heritage/Evolution is a groundbreaking project launched by the PRISM Quartet in 2014 featuring premieres of new works composed and performed by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists. H/E Marathon showcases PRISM with Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón performing music by all four guest artists, with additional works by past collaborators Chris Potter and Steve Lehman, as well as John Coltrane and PRISM’s own Matthew Levy. The program also includes the premiere of a new work by composer and ethnomusicologist J. Martin Daughtry.
Since the saxophone’s invention by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840, it has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences worldwide. The Heritage/Evolution project charts fresh musical territory, drawing on the saxophone’s cross-cultural heritage to blend jazz with everything from Western and South Indian classical music to Romani and Latin American folkloric music. Join us for an unprecedented saxophone summit as PRISM, a “bold ensemble that set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets” (The New York Times) partners with four master jazz artists who defy convention.
Complete info at https://www.prismquartet.com/concerts/heritage-evolution-marathon/
David Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophonist/flautist of both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis groups, and continuing as a leader of his own ensembles, including Quest and Saxophone Summit. DownBeat’s 2011 soprano saxophonist of the year, he is an NEA Master of Jazz whose discography of nearly 350 records “defines unpredictability, incorporating his fascination with the worlds of jazz, rock, ethnic and contemporary classical music” (Washington Post).
Rudresh Mahanthappa fuses jazz and the culture of his Indian ancestry to break new musical ground. Downbeat’s alto saxophonist of the year for six of the last seven years, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He leads several groups, including Samdhi and the Indo-Pak Coalition, has collaborated with Bunky Green, Jack DeJohnette, and Kadri Gopalnath Danilo Pérez, and Arturo O’Farrill, and serves as Director of Jazz at Princeton University.
Miguel Zenón: Multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón studied classical saxophone in his native Puerto Rico before developing a unique voice as a composer/conceptualist whose work blends Latin American folkloric music and jazz. His long list of collaborators includes Charlie Haden, The SFJAZZ Collective, Steve Coleman, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutchinson and Danilo Perez. He has released ten recordings as a leader, including the Grammy nominated Típico (2017).
Tim Ries: Hailed by The New York Times as “a singular talent, a player’s player,” Ries is a versatile and thoughtful saxophonist/composer whose collaborators have included Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Red Garland, Badal Roy, Maria Schneider, Chris Potter, Donald Byrd, and Stevie Wonder. A former member of PRISM (1993–2001), he has released eight recordings as a leader, and currently tours with Jack DeJohnette and the Rolling Stones.