Uri Caine: The Book of Days PRISM Quartet & Uri Caine
- Uri Caine (b. 1956): The Book of Days:
- 1The Book of Days: I. Sunday 11 AM05:24
- 2The Book of Days: II. Monday 8 AM03:20
- 3The Book of Days: III. Tuesday Dawn06:02
- 4The Book of Days: IV. Wednesday Afternoon04:43
- 5The Book of Days: V. Thursday 3 AM04:37
- 6The Book of Days: VI. Friday 5 PM03:53
- 7The Book of Days: VII. Saturday Midnight03:56
Info for Uri Caine: The Book of Days
“Although I have played with and composed for saxophonists for years, The Book of Days is my first work for saxophone quartet. I jumped at the chance to collaborate with the flexible virtuosos of the PRISM Quartet. The Book of Days consists of seven movements, one for each day of the week. Each movement has its own musical character. Some of the music is loud and dissonant; some is quiet and still. Some movements are jazzy and frantic; others are more contemplative. There is a continuous dialogue between the piano, which is partly composed and partly improvised, and the saxophone quartet.” —Uri Caine, pianist and composer of The Book of Days.
Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer and composition with George Rochberg when he was a teenager. Since moving to New York in 1985, Caine has recorded 33 albums as a leader, including projects with his ensemble performing his own arrangements of Bach, Mahler, Wagner, Mozart, Verdi, and Schumann. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for The Othello Syndrome (Winter and Winter) in 2009. Caine has received commissions to compose music for many reputable ensembles around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Vienna Volksoper, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Arditti Quartet, and the Beaux Arts Trio.
Zachary Shemon, soprano saxophone
Robert Young, alto saxophone
Matthew Levy, tenor saxophone
Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone
Uri Caine, piano
was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Caine has recorded 25 albums as a leader, including his most recent, a solo CD, Callithump. He has also recorded albums featuring his jazz trio, his Bedrock Trio and his ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann. Recently Caine has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, The Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Koln and the American Composers Orchestra. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003. From 2006–2009 he was composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane in May 2006. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for The Othello Syndrome. During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka.
Intriguing programs of great beauty and breadth have distinguished the PRISM Quartet as one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles. Two-time winners of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, PRISM has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. Champions of new music, PRISM has commissioned over 200 works, many by internationally celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. PRISM’s discography includes eleven recordings for the Albany, Innova, Koch, Naxos, New Dynamic, and New Focus labels. PRISM may also be heard on the soundtrack of the film Two Plus One and has been featured in the theme music to the weekly PBS news magazine “NOW.” PRISM performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces.