Uri Caine & PRISM Quartet
Thursday, April 16
World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Original artists, original music. LiveConnections brings you unique collaborations and fresh sounds from some of the best artists today, in the intimate atmosphere of our partner venue World Cafe Live.
LiveConnections is pairing Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine with esteemed saxophone ensemble PRISM Quartet for a concert of adventurous new music. Building on the artists’ reputations as innovators, LiveConnections has commissioned Caine to write new music for the Quartet that fuses modern jazz and new classical styles.
Catch the energy and innovation in the dynamic Downstairs Live venue at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, while enjoying dinner and drinks. Doors open at 6:30pm for dinner; the show starts at 7:30pm.
Sponsored in part by the Presser Foundation and PRISM Quartet, Inc.
$25 general admission
$18 students with ID
(prices include service charges)
About the Artists
Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Caine has recorded 25 albums as a leader, including his most recent, a solo CD, “Callithump.” He has also recorded albums featuring his jazz trio, his Bedrock Trio and his ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann. Recently Caine has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, Relâche, The Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Koln and the American Composers Orchestra. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003. From 2006-2009 he was composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane in May 2006. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for “The Othello Syndrome.” During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. [Uri Caine photo by Bill Douthart.]
Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has performed in Carnegie Hall on the Making Music Series, in Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and throughout Latin America and China under the auspices of the United States Information Agency and USArtists International, respectively. PRISM has also been presented to critical acclaim as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and conducted residencies at the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. Champions of new music, PRISM has commissioned over 200 works, many by internationally celebrated composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winners William Bolcom, Jennifer Higdon, Zhou Long and Bernard Rands; Guggenheim Fellows William Albright, Martin Bresnick, Chen Yi, Lee Hyla and Steven Mackey; MacArthur “Genius” Award recipients Bright Sheng and Miguel Zenón; and jazz masters Greg Osby, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehman and Dave Liebman. In 1997, PRISM initiated its own concert series in Philadelphia and New York City, presenting the newest compositions created for their ensemble by composers from around the world. The series has featured an eclectic range of guest artists, including Ethel, Talujon Percussion, Music From China, Miro Dance Theatre, Cantori New York and top jazz artists, including guitarist Ben Monder, saxophonist Rick Margitza and drummers Gerald Cleaver, Mark Ferber and John Riley. PRISM has also joined forces with the New York Consort of Viols, Opera Colorado and the Chilean rock band Inti-Illimani in touring engagements. [PRISM Quartet photo by Jacqueline Hanna.]