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In Running for Grammy Nominations

Two PRISM Quartet albums, COLOR THEORY (XAS Records) and The Fifth Century (ECM), are under consideration for multiple 2018 Grammy Award nominations.
NARAS friends, we respectfully invite you to consider both albums as you review the Grammy nomination entry list.
Hailed by Steve Smith as "undeniably beautiful, music that goes straight from the ear to the heart," COLOR THEORY features the PRISM Quartet with Sō Percussion, Partch, electric guitarist Derek Johnson, and conductor Stratis Minakakis in a world premiere recording of music for saxophones, percussion, and Harry Partch instruments by three groundbreaking composers: Steven Mackey, Ken Ueno, and Minakakis.
The Music
Blue Notes and Other Clashes (2016) by Steven Mackey (b. 1956)
PRISM Quartet (saxophones) and Sō Percussion
Future Lilacs (2016) by Ken Ueno (b. 1970)
PRISM Quartet, Partch (Harry Partch instruments), Derek Johnson (adapted electric guitar), Stratis Minakakis (conductor)
Skiagrafies (2016) by Stratis Minakakis (b. 1979)
PRISM Quartet, Partch, Stratis Minakakis

Record Label / Catalogue Number: XAS 102 Distributed worldwide by Naxos

COLOR THEORY: Listen To All Tracks
COLOR THEORY: Read the iTunes Booklet

Premiered by The Crossing (choir) and PRISM under Donald Nally in July 2014, Gavin Bryars' The Fifth Century is an elegiac setting of meditations of 17th-century metaphysical poet Thomas Traherne—a true magnum opus from one of the world's great composers.  The New York Times called the work a ''poignant lament'' and the performance ''superb'' and ''eloquent.'' 

The album includes Bryars's beautiful Petrarch settings, Two Love Songs for women's choir.

Record Label / Catalogue Number: ECM 2405

Read about and listen to The Fifth Century at

Many thanks for listening, and for your consideration.

Matthew Levy, Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, and Zachary Shemon
PRISM Quartet

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