Gene Pritsker

Gene Pritsker

 New York City, New York, USA
BandClassicalEDM

Composer/guitarist Gene Pritsker has written over three hundred ninety compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs,etc. All his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

Biography

Composer/guitarist/rapper Gene Pritsker has written over three hundred ninety compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hiphop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released a cd’s on Col-legno and Innova Records. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Adelaide Symphony, The Athens Camarata, Brooklyn and Berlin Philharmonic. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies.

The New York Times described him as "...audacious...multitalented." Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it's done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Raul d’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.”

Organizations he is associated with include: Composers’ Concordance, Absolute Ensemble, The International Street Cannibals and the Austrian Outreach Festival. Some of Gene Pritsker's music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers music and recorded by: Col Legno, Enja, Eutrepe, Wergo, Composers Concordance, Innova and Capstone record labels.

Discography

- VRE Suite recorded by Sound Liberation on Innova Records
- ‘solo-duo-trio-quartet-quintet’ The Chamber and Electronic Music of Gene Pritsker on Composers Concordance Records (distributed by Naxos)
- 'A Challenge to the Dark' on the album Ballets & Solos on Composers Concordance Records
- Absolute Zawinul on Intuition records. Arrangements Gene did of the music of Joe Zawinul with The Absolute Ensemble
- Sound Liberation recorded 13 composition of Genes on a new album for Col Legno records called ‘Open Up Your Ears and Get Some’
- The Absolute Ensemble has released a CD on Enja Records featuring ‘Fix’ and an Arrangement of ‘Super Bad’. The CD is named after the septet.
- ’Pan(ic)’ for solo flute recorded by Nina Assimakopoulos on Euterpe label, the album is titled: Arcadian Murmmurs: Pan in Pieces.
- ‘Junk’ for electronics released on the Capstone label, the album is titled: 60X60.
- ‘A Tribal Second’ for electronics released on the Vox Novus, the album is titled: 60X60.
I'm Afraid You Might ask for A Fragment Of My Soul’ for solo piano has been released on CD by pianist Guy Livingston entitled: “Don’t Panic” on Wergo Records.
-Guitarist Greg Baker has Recorded an album of Gene Pritsker music called: Scars, Wounds and Lacerations Plus Snow to Numb the Effect.
- Singer Melanie Mitrano has recorded the song Perirrhanterium, stanza XIII (Truth) for two sopranos and electronics, It is included on her CD Songs in Transit on Capstone records..
- Falls to with an Appetite for string quartet and clarinet is featured on a new CD by the Lumina String Quartet with clarinetist Phil Basher. The CD is entitled: New York Composers..
- Counterfeiters was recorded by the B3+ brass trio for their album Uncommon Sense on Col
Legno