PRISM with Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey @ Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia [4 June]

PRISM with Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey

18:30 - 20:30

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Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
The Free Library of Philadelphia and PRISM Quartet present Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussion following the 2017 release of PRISM's critically acclaimed COLOR THEORY album with So Percussion and Partch (XAS Records).

Color Theory 2.0 spotlights Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey, groundbreaking percussionist/composers who join PRISM as soloists in world premieres of their own works.

Both Ibarra and Sorey share PRISM’s dedication to crossing musical boundaries; they bring a vast array of cultural, compositional, and improvisatory practices to the project. Color Theory 2.0 also features world premieres of stand-alone saxophone quartets by Elizabeth Hoffman, Professor of Composition at New York University,… and Max Chung, winner of the annual PRISM Quartet/Walden School Young Composer Commissioning Award.

PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey will also collaborate with the Free Library of Philadelphia to present Unlocking Your Inner Composer, a free six-week workshop series where participants will compose works for PRISM, Ibarra, and Sorey for premieres at the Library. If you’d like to write your own Color Theory composition, click to learn more about participating in the workshops (open to all levels!).

Concert admission is free, just show up!
Complete info at

Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Hall
Free Library of Philadelphia,
1901 Vine Street Philadelphia PA 19103

Color Theory 2.0 is a music project inspired by science and the visual arts. In the 1670s, Sir Isaac Newton discovered the origin of color by shining a beam of light through a prism, splitting it into the colors of a rainbow. Throughout the centuries, visual artists have developed a body of knowledge (color theory) about mixing pigments to create color combinations that provoke powerful emotional responses.

We are using the idea of “color” as a framework to explore the spectra that make up instrumental sound, to create a new body of music combining saxophones and percussion. Color Theory pioneers new possibilities of orchestration and musical color with first-time collaborations that represent enormous unexplored potential.
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