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. The group performed at the Outreach Festival '06 and again in '07 in Schwaz, Austria. Also in '07 Sound Liberation performed at the Estonian House and presented Gene Pritsker's Opera 'Money' at the Players Theatre and Flea Theatre in New York. In May of '08 'Money' was performed at the Etna music Festival in Catania, Sicily and Sound Liberation played in Ragusa, Sicily. In July '08 they performed at the Blaine jazz Festival in Blaine, Wa. In May of '09 Sound Liberation presented 2 nights at the Flea theater, performing Gene Pritsker's one hour VRE Suite written for the Sound Liberation Quintet and a concert with B3+ of music from their albums on Col-Legno records. In September 2011 they performed at the Bremen Musik Fest in Germany. In past years the group was part of the Peekaboo Festival of New Music and Theater and has toured Newfoundland, Canada in April of '99.
In August of '09 the Song No Truth, from the 2nd album, was featured in the Universal Home Videos motion picture 'The Wedding Bothers'. In the fall of 2010 'Human Condition' was featured on PBS's Road Trip Nation series. The band played a very publicized concert at New York's Le Poisson Rouge in January '10, the New Yorker wrote: "Pritsker, a rule-breaking composer-guitarist (and rapper) who impresses funk and rock beats onto classical structures, fronts this
eclectic jazz-type combo of
singers and instrumentalists"
The band has released their 2nd album 'Open Up Your Ears and Get Some' on Col Legno Records (www.col-legno.com) and had an album release concert at Drom in New York in November '08. New Music Connoisseur, wrote: "A glorious result it truly is... This is the best Sound Liberation product so far". "The freedom of sounds, as the name suggests, is truly implemented in a masterful way" wrote Jazzethic Magazine and Wildy's World wrote this of the album"Sound Liberation create a recording as alive as creation itself... "
In July 2010 Innova Records released Gene Pritsker's 'VRE Suite' written for the quintet portion of Sound Liberation.
"4 stars" "unexpected twists and turns...The result my have you seeing visions...strains of jazz, contemporary classical music, minimalism, and even
hip-hop and and African rhythms " - John Ephland, Downbeat, Nov. 2010
"Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change, and evidence of this is found in the Varieties of Religious Experiences Suite, a towering instrumental extraction from his opera of the same name." - Raul d'Gama Rose, All About Jazz, June 2010
"Sound Liberation are afraid of nothing, mixing rhythm and genre to the point where the listener simply gives up on labels and enjoys the ride!....grab this indie gem now!" - RootdownFM.com
"VRE Suite is one of the more unusual works-performances I've heard in some time. It will no doubt appeal to those who look for rock that moves deeply into the "serious" music category. - Grego Applegate Edwards,
Gapplegate Guitar & Bass Blog,
Sound Liberation is an eclectic group that performs music encompassing a diverse range of musical genres. The two singles: 'Breath' and 'Need' feature the fabulous vocals of Chanda Rule. These songs are influenced by r&b, rock, chamber music, and hip-hop rhythms and incorporate the groups musical philosophy, developed by band founder Gene Pritsker, which is based upon "ending the segregation of sound vibration (i.e. musical Genres)". The group incorporates this 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.
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