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Gene Pritsker's Sound Liberation Feat. Lara St. John At Joe's Pub Saturday, March 9, 2024


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Gene Pritsker's composition 'Vivaldi's Hot House' is a starting point for this eclectic event inspired by the old master.
On March 9th at 7pm (doors open 6pm), Joe's Pub and Composers Concordance present “Vivaldi's Hot House." This composition by Gene Pritsker (Matrix Resurrections, Joe Zawinul) is a starting point for this eclectic event with violin doyenne Lara St. John and Pritsker's ensemble Sound Liberation. The concert will feature a genre defying repertoire of music inspired by various composers from the past including Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mozart, reinterpreted with jazz, metal, hip-hop, etc. Featured singers include soprano Adriana Valdes, baritone Charles Coleman, the R&B vocals of David Banks and the soulful jazz voice of Sonya Hensley. Five accomplished poets will also share their musings: Kelsea Brunner, Robert C. Ford, Erik Thomas Johnson, Imelda O'Reilly and John Pietaro. Pritsker will perform on guitar, and as a rapper, and will be joined by Franz Hackl (Lew Soloff) on trumpet, Geoffrey Burleson on piano, Amanda Ruzza on bass and John Ferrari on drums.

The program will include “The Cauldron," based on a poem by Robert C. Ford about a woman’s revenge on a cheating boyfriend, set to music by Gene Pritsker, which was recently submitted to NPR Music's 2024 Tiny Desk contest.

St. John has performed as soloist with most of the world's major orchestras. She founded her own record label in 1999 and has produced 15 albums from solo Bach violin works to Eastern European folk music to 21st century concerto premieres, with orchestras including the RPO, The Knights and the Simón Bolívar of Venezuela. She performs on the 1779 “Salabue" Guadagnini, and a David Wiebe from 2011. She is a Knight of Burgundy and a member of the Order of Canada.

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