Whether you're looking for an orchestra made entirely of samples, chewed-up and broken-down Bach, or full-scale hip-hopera, Gene Pritsker is your man. This eclectic and prolific composer, born in Russia, has made his mark in New York and beyond through his music that spans film and TV, orchestra and chamber, rock, pop and rap. As a co-head of the collective Composers Concordance, Gene lives in the epicenter of New York new music. Who could be better to sit down for a free-wheeling conversation with the Brothers Balliett?
We'll hear a fascinating cross-section of Gene's many compositional sides today. From his sample-based project "Samplestra" we'll hear Sorrow Like Pleasure Creates its Own Atmosphere, and from his hip-hopera Money, the wonderfully beautiful You Will Die. From his corpus of orchestral works, we'll hear a movement from the Cloud Atlas Symphony and a sumptuous rendition of the Japanese folk song "Sakura." Pritsker also offers several works from his cohorts at the Composers Concordance, including works by Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, and Peter Jarvis.
Join the Brothers Balliett for this fascinating interview, and learn about a true renaissance man among composers!