Screening at 8:00PM
Carl Dreyer’s Passion of Joan, (1928) silent film with live music composed by Gene Pritsker, and performed by Gene Pritsker, Di J and Rocco Anthony Jerry.
Carl Dreyer’s landmark film stars Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Joan, and has been identified by many critics as one of the top 10 films of all time. In Roger Ebert’s review, “You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti.”
Gene Pritsker’s score is for accordion and samplestra which he describes as an orchestra of sampled instruments. Gene Pritsker will perform the samplestra part as Di J, with Rocco Anthony Jerry on accordion.
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over 650 compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble which has released CD’s on Col-legno, Composers Concordance and Innova Records. He is also the co-director of Composers Concordance, a new music presenting organization with a 30 year history of producing concerts in NYC.
He co-founded the Grammy-nominated Absolute Ensemble with Kristjan Jarvi and has been a composer in residence and guitarist since its creation in 1993. Gene’s music has been performed worldwide at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers including the The Adelaide Symphony, MDR Symphony, The Athens Camerata, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn, Shanghai and Berlin Philharmonics, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Orchester des Pfalztheaters, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie as well as such soloists as Anne Akiko Meyers, Lara St. John, Sarah Chang, Kathleen Supové, Martin Kuuskmann and Simone Dinnerstein. He worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including ‘Cloud Atlas’, for which he wrote additional music and composed his ”Cloud Atlas Symphony’.
He is co-director of Composers Concordance Records and artist-in-residence at the Austrian Outreach Festival. Gene Pritsker’s music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers music and recorded on: Col Legno, Enja, Eutrepe, Wergo, Innova , Composers’ Concordance Records, SONY Classical, and Capstone record labels.
The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolving the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Raul d’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “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.” Evan Burke writes in ICareIf YouListen: “Pritsker seems to look at all music as one genre, in which all other possible styles, sounds and traditions are meant to be used as building blocks and palette colors, combined in various configurations to create a boundless whole. This result is almost always more interesting, and representative of how most new music will be born in the 21st century, as genres and barriers begin to vanish, and as styles begin cross-fertilizing in previously unimagined ways.” Classical Music Sentinel writes: “His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day renaissance man. “
Rocco Anthony Jerry specializes in contemporary classical music and collaborates with composers to premiere their new works for his instrument. He performs on a concert bayan which has a range of over 7 octaves on each manual. He has given solo concerts in New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia, at venues including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, and National City Christian Church (Washington D.C.). Mr. Jerry has performed in auditoriums and concert halls at Boston University, Massachussetts College of Liberal Arts, Bennington College, Southern Vermont College, Middlebury College and College of St. Rose. He has performed with several chamber music groups including the Downtown Ensemble and the Flexible Orchestra. Mr. Jerry is a founding member of The Progression Ensemble with Cincinnati-based cellist Michael Gilbert Ronstadt and Vermont-based Guitarist Eric Despard. He has premiered new works by Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Christopher Cook, Michael Dilthey, Daniel Goode, Dale Marie Hoagland, Peter Jarvis, Conrad Kehn, Peter Machajdik, Gene Pritsker, Arthur B. Rubinstein, David Rothenberg, Max Simoncic, Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred and Christian Wolff, and has given the US premieres of many other pieces. In March 2014, he premiered Norwegian Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred’s “ConVergEnce” for accordion and cello in a series of 9 concerts in four states with the composer in attendance, and with cellists Michael Gilbert Ronstadt and Jared Shapiro. In 2017 and 2018, Mr. Jerry had two additional tours with Bjorn Skjelbred and premiered Skjelbred’s two accordion-cello-guitar works that were written for The Progression Ensemble. These three tours were supported by the Norwegian Composers Fund, Music Norway, the Norwegian Consulate and American Scandinavian Foundation. In May-June 2004, Mr. Jerry worked closely with Hollywood film composer, Arthur B. Rubinstein, and performed accordion in the premiere run of Rubinstein’s musical adaptation of the classic Russian play “He Who Gets Slapped”. In 2007, Mr. Jerry began the Accordion Ensemble Project , which was awarded an SOS Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2008. In this ongoing project, Mr. Jerry is recording all parts of accordion ensemble works, so that they may be performed as a solo, accompanied by his recording of the remaining parts. To date, he has performed the accordion ensemble works of Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, Peter Machajdik, Magnar Am, Kjell Perder, Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Yuji Takahashi, with more works added each year.