The PRISM Quartet, whose ECM album The Fifth Century with The Crossing choir was awarded a 2018 Grammy, presents a concert in Ypsilanti, Michigan featuring two of the nation’s leading jazz artists, both of whom serve on the faculty of Michigan State University: saxophonist Diego Rivera and trombonist Michael Dease. Rivera and Dease will join PRISM in works by Steve Lehman, Miguel Zenon, and Tim Ries. PRISM will also perform compositions by two Michigan composers: David Biedenbender’s Staying the Night and Kristopher Bendrick’s The Acclimation of Temporal Matter in a Vacant Room, in addition to works by rising-stars Gabriella Smith and Emily Koh. With the exception of Staying the Night, all works on the program were written for PRISM.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit PRISM’s Michigan residency program in which the Quartet visits schools in Detroit and throughout Southeast Michigan for assembly performances, composition classes, learning labs, and coaching sessions.
Spring/Neap (2012) by Gabriella Smith
The Acclimation of Temporal Matter in a Vacant Room (2017) by Kristopher Bendrick
heteronym (2016) by Emily Koh
15 Places at the Same Time (select movements), (2014) by Steve Lehman
Staying the Night (2014) by David Biedenbender
The Missing Piece (1999) by Miguel Zenon
Name Day (2014) by Tim Ries
This program is presented with generous support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Quaker Chemical Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and Meridian Winds.