I’m happy to report that The Presser Foundation has announced its 75th Anniversary Special Project Grants, and that one of them went to the Prism Saxophone Quartet in support of a residency at University of Pennsylvania featuring a series of commissions and performances. All three Penn faculty members – Anna Weesner, Jay Reise, and myself – will be writing new pieces for the group.
I first had the privilege of writing for Prism back in 2003, as well as later contributing a short piece included on their Innova CD, “Dedication“. I’m very much looking forward to this new project, for these are fabulous players, four virtuosi with an uncanny sense of ensemble. I am thinking about a piece combining the quartet with piano, possibly an improvising pianist, but it will take a while before that gets decided.