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Composer/guitarist/rapper Gene Pritsker has written over three hundred 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 hip-hop/chamber/jazz/rock/etc. ensemble that has released a CD for Col Legno records in July of ‘08. Other organizations he is associated with include: Composers’ Concordance, Absolute Ensemble (co-founder/composer -in -residence ‘93-’96). Some of Gene Pritsker's music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers Music. In ‘08 Gene had a new piano concerto: ‘Reinventions’ for piano and chamber orchestra based on J.S. Bach’s piano Inventions premiered at the ‘08 Bremen Musikfest on Sept. 13th with pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Absolute Ensemble with Kristjan Jarvi conducting. ‘Reinventions’ will next be performed at the Etna Festival in Catania Sicily in April ‘09 with Matt Herskowits as soloist. His ‘3 Stages of Truth’ for jazz piano trio and orchestra, is being scheduled for a premiere in 2010 by the Mad Fusion trio, Bremen Kammerphilharmonia and Kristjan Jarvi conductor. His band Sound Liberation released a new CD on Col-Legno records called ‘Open Up Your Ears and Get Some’. The band played a CD release concert in New York’s Drom in November, they will be playing Joe’s Pub in March and in September they will be performing at the ‘09 Bremen Muisikfest. Also at this festival Gene is writing a concerto grosso for bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhofhe, his band and the Absolute Ensemble. Recently he performed at the Blaine Jazz Festival in July in a program consisting of his Sound Liberation music and he was the Composer-in-residence for the Outreach Festival ‘08 in Schwaz, Austria where he had many premieres, Including ‘Corruption in Conference’ for Moog synth. and concert band featuring Adam Holzman as soloist. Gene has just orchestrated the new Tom Tykwer motion Picture called The International to be released everywhere in Frb. ‘09. Gene is very excited to have had the opportunity of working with the legendary Joe Zawinul, he has arranged/orchestrated Zawinuls music for the Absolute Ensemble to be recorded and released on Birdjam records in ‘09 and to be toured around the world in upcoming years. In recent years Absolute has been performing arrangements Gene did of Frank Zappas music as well as many of his own compositions, including Lost Illusion, a concerto for bass, orchestra and samplestra (pre recorded electronics) this piece was also performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Mat Fieldes on various basses and Kristjan Jarvi conducting. website: http://www.genepritsker.com



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