Composers Concordance Presents Gene Pritsker’s Sound Liberation Featuring: Matt Herskowitz – piano

  • Bitter End 147 Bleecker St, NYC
  • December 13, 2022
    7:00 pm

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – On Teusday, December 13th at 7pm, the eclectic chamber ensemble/band Sound Liberation takes the stage of the historic club The Bitter End to present a program of original compostions with a diverse range of musical genres. The event will feature pianist/composer Matt Herskowitz with compositions by Matt and composer/guitarist, band leader Gene Pritsker. Premieres include Pritsker’s song I’m On a Lucky Streak with Youwith special guest singer David Banks.

The all star group for this event is:
Matt Herskowitz – piano
(Matt Herskowitz Trio, Lara Fabian, Absolute Ensemble)
Gene Pritsker – guitar
(Absolute Ensemble, Joe Zawinul, Orchestrator for The Matrix Resurrections & Babylon Berlin)
Franz Hackl – trumpet
(Ido, Craig Harris, Outreach Orchestra)
David Rozenblatt – drums
(Barry Manilow, Absolute Ensemble, Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga)
Melissa Slocum – bass
(DIVA, Don Byron, Frank Lacy)
Lara St. John – violin
(“A high-powered soloist” – The New York Times, “Something of a phenomenon” – The Strad)

The concert will also be live-streamed on the Composers Concordance Facebook Page.

Listing Information

Composers Concordance
Gene Pritsker’s Sound Liberation
Featuring: Matt Herskowitz – piano

Tuesday, December 13th
7pm EST
Bitter End
147 Bleecker St, NYC

$20 at the door
Live Stream

Matt Herskowitz, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper

Sound Liberation:
Matt Herskowitz – piano
Gene Pritsker – guitar/rap
Franz Hackl – trumpet
Melissa Slocum – bass
David Rozenblatt – drums
Lara St. John – violin
David Banks – voice
Sound Liberation, an eclectic chamber ensemble/band, was formed in 1996. The band has gained exposure in the New York city area and has generated a loyal core following playing such notable venues as Joe’s Pub, Wetlands, Knitting Factory, The Blue Note, Downtime, New Music Cafe, Cutting Room, Le Poisson Rouge and many other performing spaces.

Sound Liberation’s musical philosophy, developed by band founder Gene Pritsker, is based upon “ending the segregation of sound vibration (i.e. musical Genres)”. The group incorporates its philosophy by performing compositions that encompass a diverse range of musical genre, heavily influenced by hip-hop and rock rhythms. This enables one to hear elements from classical music to Jazz to music of various cultures at a Sound Liberation show.
Staying in rotation for 39 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

“Composers Concordance..a veritable New York new music institution of concerts, album production and multiple ensembles under a sweeping, tenacious brand, thriving on the emulsion of contemporary classical, free improv, jazz and rock, overt humor and fearless political statements, all very much in evidence..The ensemble..was masterful throughout.”- John Pietaro, The New York City Jazz Record

“An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance” – The Brooklyn Rail

“The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” – Classical-Modern Music Review

“Enterprising new music organization” – The New York Times

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