The eminent saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman bring their radically different styles to a chamber setting with works composed for the contemporary-classical PRISM Quartet, a boldly adventurous saxophone ensemble that expands the multicultural possibilities of an instrument that transcends limited genre conventions. Mahanthappa has integrated a jazz pedigree into his Indian heritage, situating the microtonal harmonies of Carnatic music in a Western context. Lehman employs mathematical analysis of timbre, appropriating composer Tristan Murail’s spectral music for a downtown audience. Part of the ongoing Heritage/Evolution series, PRISM repurposes Darwin’s theory, putting cultures in collision and watching what comes out of the horn.
Sat., April 12, 7:30 p.m., 2014