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Breath Beneath (NYC)
3-Legged Dog
New York, NY
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Breath Beneath (NYC)
Hailed by Chamber Music magazine for pioneering achievements of the highest order, the PRISM Quartet partners with 3-Legged Dog to co-present Breath Beneath, a pilot project that explores the intersection of music, interactive technology, and durational visual art.

Breath Beneath is the first phaseand first public presentationof a multi-year Discovery initiative. Reaching across disciplines, the PRISM Quartet (saxophones) joins forces with two intrepid creative teams to investigate how saxophonists movements and sounds can be used to generate imagesand how those images shape musical interpretation.

(Visit www.prismquartet.com for Breath Beneath audio and video, and to see how the project unfolds.)

"Cha" by filmmaker Bill Morrison, composer Julia Wolfe, and programmer Ryan Holsopple (world premiere)
Video artist Bill Morrison uses infrared cameras and air sensors to visualize breath passing through saxophones by having PRISM blow MIDI-triggered video images onto a scrim hung in front of the quartet. Images are generated by the Quartet performing Julia Wolfes Cha. The piece was inspired by Wolfes childhood memories of dancing with her late father. Wolfe describes it as a play on Latin dance tune fragments, bass lines and vocal trills made messy with cross rhythms and bursts of song. Wolfe originally envisioned Cha (commissioned and premiered by PRISM in 2015) as a collaboration with Morrison; Breath Beneath is PRISMs first opportunity to present Cha as she imagined it.

"Waveguide Model I" by filmmaker Mark DeChiazza and composer Dan Trueman (world premiere)
Dan Truemancomposer, fiddler, electronic musician, and co-founder of the Princeton Laptop Orchestracomposes and programs an interactive musical work titled Waveguide Model I. Trueman collaborates with filmmaker Mark DeChiazza to generate (in DeChiazzas words) a responsive system of projected imagery that functions in a manner analogous to breath. DeChiazza explains: I want to explore a territory outside commonly practiced modes of interactivity between sound and visual media that map musics pitch or volume to determine the density, speed, and/or rhythm of visual events. To look for an apparent cause and effect logic that is not: louder or higher equals more or bigger.

Trueman notes that performance technologies are most compelling when there is an element of feedback between performers and technology, each influencing the other, making the technologies crucial to how the music is performed and experienced by the players, giving them real and meaningful agency. Trueman envisions Waveguide Model I as a piece in which sound and video work at cross-purposes, moving ideas about breath and time beyond body and machine. PRISM performs Truemans commission within a real-time interactive system that could expressively shape and animate a breathing visual world, created jointly by Trueman and DeChiazza.

Additional Works
The program includes Hymn by Kati Agócs (New England Conservatory) with film by Eli Stine and first-time PRISM Quartet performances of The Body of Your Dreams and Heartbreakers by Dutch avant-pop composer/videographer Jacob TV. These works test the limits of traditional (non-interactive) video projection, illuminating the evolution of media technology.

Cha by filmmaker Bill Morrison, composer Julia Wolfe, and programmer Ryan Holsopple (world premiere)
Waveguide Model I by filmmaker Mark DeChiazza and composer Dan Trueman (world premiere)
Hymn by filmmaker Eli Stine and composer Kati Agócs
Heartbreakers by filmmaker Jan Boiten and composer Jacob TV
The Body of Your Dreams by composer/videographer Jacob TV

3-Legged Dog
80 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006
September 15, 2017
8:00 PM. ORDER TICKETS EARLY, LIMITED SEATING! Tickets available starting 8/14.

General Admission $25

Breath Beneath is co-presented by PRISM Quartet, Inc. and 3-Legged Dog.

Support for the research and development of Breath Beneath has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support comes from New Music USA, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Conn-Selmer, Inc. The New York program receives additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


3-Legged Dog (View)
80 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10006
United States



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