NEWS

- Sound Liberation is performing at the 2011 Bremen Musikfest in Bremen, Germany on September 7th. Music will include the VRE Suite pulse songs and raps from their other albums

- ****(4 star) Downbeat review
in the Nov. 2010 issue. read

- A great new review of 'Open Up Your Ears & Get Some' .
here are some how to trade forex cool quotes from this review:
"He (G. Pritsker) is in the advance guard of musical genre conflationists out there"
"moments that come together in a sublime new hybrid,"
"this is some startlingly original music. I am very encouraged when I hear music like this"
read full here:

Cool new review of the first Sound Liberation album from 10 years ago
" The combinations are well integrated into a fresh and invigoratingly singular contex."... "a most unusual combination of hip hop, bebop, rock shred, show tunes, punk, funk and classical" oh ye!!!
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- A great review of VRE Suite on United-Mutations blog. "Varieties Of Religious Experience Suite" is an impressive Album" Read

- Innova records releases Gene Pritskers VRE Suite
as performed by The Sound Liberation Quintet
> Listen to a track
> Buy the CD now Click to buy
> view the epk

- 'Human Condition' from Sound Liberations last album 'Open Up Your Ears & Get Some' will be featured in Episode 1 on the new season of Road Trip Nation on PBS

- Reviews of Sound Liberations album: VRE Suite
All About Jazz
Chamber Music Today
gapplegateguitar.blogspot
RootdownFM.com
Downbeat
United-Mutations
Something Else



Recent:
2010
- Sound Liberation perform a CD prerelease concert for the VRE Suite on Innova Records at DROM on the 25th with special guest IDO
- Sound Liberation perform excerpts from The VRE Suite and various chamber music of Gene a part of the 21st Century Schizoid Series at Cornelia Street Cafe on May 24th.
- May 6th a special show for hiphopsaveslives.org at The Shrine in Harlem
- April 19th Excerpts from the opera 'Varieties of Religious Experineces' at Players Theater
- Sound Liberation performed at Le Poisson Rouge on Jan. 6th
Performing an hour set of music from 'Money;, 'VRE Suite' &
'Open Up Your Ears and Get Some'.
click links to see videos - 'Outcome of the Wine' & 'About Time'

2009
- Feb. Joe's Pub with Sweet Plantain string quartet - clck #'s to see videos - 1, 2 , 3
- May 29th & 30th @ the Flea Theater premiering the full VRE Suite
- Jan. Performed at The_Underscore - click to see video
- CD Release concert at Drom - click to see video



MYSPACE www.myspace.com/soundliberation

Various:


Reviews
iTunes
Videos

"An interesting body of work, one that mashes together styles in a way that is unique"
- Pico, Somethingelsereview.com Dec 2010

"I really like the sound and the interaction of the different instruments. There's some great guitar & cello unisono lines, beautiful lyrical melodies and exciting improvisations.".... "Varieties Of Religious Experience Suite" is an impressive Album"
- Peter Van Laarhoven, United-Mutations, Dec. 2010

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"It is amazing how masterfully Pritsker explored the opportunities offered by James’ poetic vocabulary." "Exceptionally curious and inclusive rather than aggressive or confrontational"
"The VRE Suite is full of tasteful improvisation, sturdy melodies and voice-leading, strong ‘grooves’. Mystical it may be, but VRE Suite is far from ‘enigmatic’. It positively asserts that your cosmic, mystical experience is as genuine as my mystical experience; or as genuine as that of any organized religion.
- Douglas McNair, Chamber Music Today

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"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"
- Raul d'Gama Rose, All About Jazz, June 2010
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"Gene Pritsker's music is much more than the sum of the elements involved ... No matter what camp you may be a part of, this recording will stretch the boundaries of what you expect. Most importantly Pritsker does it all with an assurance and lucidity that make a case for why such hybrids can provide exciting, absorbing listening."
- Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Guitar & Bass Blog, Aug. 2010
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Whatch the Sound Liberation promo video

The song 'No Truth' featured in the motion picture wedding brothers

Sound Liberation recorded the VRE Suite hear sample

Review of our album in NMC

Review on Wildy's World

Interview with Gene Pritsker on Twogroove.com

Gapplegate Review

Sound Liberation on iTunes
http://my.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZPersonalizer.woa/wa/viewCMA?id=315155898
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=208037796&s;=143441

Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ3bm2WxUsU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUMGDTjvdqU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYs_2Af3-TA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r69vnz_sh4o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJVtbC7qI_8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5153TksSd0U

Money Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3blxxwMaGrw
http://vimeo.com/2976796
http://vimeo.com/3000872

ABOUT SOUND LIBERATION

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 past years the group was part of the Peekaboo Festival of New Music and Theater and has toured Newfoundland, Canada in April of '99.

IIn August of '09 the Song No Truth was featured in the Universal Home Videos motion picture 'The Wedding Bothers'. In the fall of 2010 'Human Condition' will be 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.

IIn July 2010 Innova Records released Gene Pritsker's 'VRE Suite' written for the quintet portion of Sound Liberation.
"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

Two pre release show for the VRE Suite: May 24th at Cornelia Street Cafe, presented by 21st Century Schizoid which will also feature various chamber music of Gene Pritsker  and June 25th at DROM with special guest IDO.

Sound Liberation's musical philosophy, developed by band founder Gene Pritsker, is based upon "ending the segregation of sound vibration (i.e. musical Genres)". The group incorporates its 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.

The members of Sound Liberation include:
Gene “Noizepunk” Pritsker (composer, guitarist, rapper),
David “Criminal Cello” Gotay (rapper, cellist), ,
Greg “B-man” Baker (guitarist),
Charles “Das Krooner” Coleman (singer),
Chanda Rule (voice),
Franz Hackl
(trumpet),
Mat Fieldes (bassist),
David Rosenblatt (drummer)
Joe Abba (drummer)
as well as guest performers such as:
John Clark (horn),
Dave Taylor (trombone),
James “The Prophet” Gotay (rapper),
Vessko Gellev (violinist), Dan Barret (cellist/conductor),
Mychio Suzuki (clarinetist), Margaret Lancaster (flutist),
Melenie Mitrano (voice)
Edmundo Remiraz (sitar)
and many other outstanding musicians throughout the years.

 

Sound Liberation, delivering the music of a new millennium to today's audience.

PRESS

"Open up your Ears and Get Some: A glorious result it truly is..... This is the best Sound Liberation product so far."
"There is something for every kind of music enthusiast in this album. This is part of the Sound Liberation philosophy."
"Nerve Crashes is an amazing tour-de-force of harmonic and rhythmic writing. Harmonically it explores new places in progression. Pritsker gets away with this and still has, essentially, a pop song. Likewise, the rhythms are unusual"
                - Joseph Pehrson - New Music Connoisseur, winter/spring 2008-09

"The freedom of sounds, as the name suggests, is truly implemented in a masterful way"
                                        - Thorsten Bendnarz - Jazzethic Magazine, August '08

Gene Pritsker's aptly named 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! The quintet of guitars, cello, bass and drums generate a truly unique sound with plenty of group and solo improvisation building on Pritsker's strong compositions - comparisons with Sonny Sharrock are apt, but don't tell the whole story - grab this indie gem now!
                                                                                           - RootdownFM.com, 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

"You will enjoy and be inspired by the new recording by guitarist/composer Gene Pritsker"... "It is amazing how masterfully Pritsker explored the opportunities offered by James’ poetic vocabulary."... "Exceptionally curious and inclusive rather than aggressive or confrontational"..."The VRE Suite is full of tasteful improvisation, sturdy melodies and voice-leading, strong ‘grooves’. Mystical it may be, but VRE Suite is far from ‘enigmatic’. It positively asserts that your cosmic, mystical experience is as genuine as my mystical experience; or as genuine as that of any organized religion.
- Douglas McNair, Chamber Music Today

"Gene Pritsker's music is much more than the sum of the elements involved ... No matter what camp you may be a part of, this recording will stretch the boundaries of what you expect. Most importantly Pritsker does it all with an assurance and lucidity that make a case for why such hybrids can provide exciting, absorbing listening."
        - Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Guitar & Bass Blog, Aug. 2010

"The future belongs to Sound Liberation . . . even if takes a while to gethere"-                                             - Frank BenderRagazzi online magazine, March '09

“Sound Liberation create a recording as alive as creation itself... You can't help but be intrigued by such an ambitious and original cycle of songs... Sound Liberation always keeps things new and interesting.”
                                                                                               - Wildy’s World May. ‘09

“Never had I heard Pritsker try to put all these elements together in one composition. Here, in Money, he does, and it is the apotheosis of his form. This is the best Pritsker work I have ever heard. We can only hope that Gene Pritsker, in his perfection of this very personal and idiosyncratic form and the strength of his exceptional talent, can reach the very pinnacle of the compositional mound.”
                                         - Joseph Pehrson, The Music Connoisseur, Fall 2006

"Gene’s rap songs are clever, complex, and very interesting musically, exactly what the market stuff is not.
                                                             - Barry L. Cohen - The Music Connoisseur

"The cover of this demo shows the two rappers behind bars, heads
hanging down. Lighten up guys, I say, since as I peruse the liner notes,
I see words like "cello" and "flute" next to people's names. What?!? A
rap disc with cello and flute?!? Yo G, straight up. Perhaps it's
surprising because I've never really heard rap over classically infused
music, and I have to admit, it's pretty interesting. Sound Liberation
have been at it a few years now, and if this disc is any indication,
they seem to be in peak form. The juxtaposition of rapping over
classical or jazz with hip-hop beats opens doors to improvisation;
further, the band isn't saddled with a DJ scratching noise to muddy up
the mix. The only confusing thing here is why some A&R person hasn't
picked up on them yet"

--Bill Ribas - NY Rock Street Beat

" Wow, indie rap. Two verbose MCs cram in as many syllables as they can
between every measure of music. The music on "Loan Shark" includes
acoustic guitar and synth strings repeating a minor key figure. "Which
of the Days" is a nice pimp-jam with sweet beats and, uh, flute and
bass. Not sure how convincing the "I-had-it-hard" lyrics are but the
rhymes are good and the music is well produced. "No Truth" adds
classical piano and strings to the funky mix. The lyrical flows are
modern and intriguing. "Money" is this crew's response to Wu-Tang's
"C.R.E.A.M." "What Shall I Do" flows over a, um, disco music bed. Disco
ballad. Cool. "Rap Sense" has the fattest beat and wonders, "Can a MC
get a lap dance?" Very cool."

--Ian C. Stewart - AutoReverse

"The lyrics where a nice change with the intelligence and the smoothness
of the flow from the rappers."

-- Michael Allison, THE GLOBAL MUSE.COM

"Strange crew from NYC, eight deep, rhyme and sing over traditional
classical music. Symphonic strings, medieval harpsichords and
straightforward beats behind thug flows, R&B crooning and even opera.
Think Dre's "Been There, Done That," but more extreme."

-- Listen.com

" I am definitely feeling the whole element here. I hope every listener
can grasp what these musician's are offering every listener."

-- Ultravibe.com

"Gene's rap songs are clever, complex, and very interesting musically,
exactly what the market stuff is not."

-- Barry L. Cohen, The Music Connoisseur

"This self-produced demo shows talent. The instruments are well done.
And for this being a self-produced CD I am impressed at how clear
everything is and how well the mix is. Overall, this is a pretty good
CD. I would like to see where this group ends up in a year."

--Jade Kamden, Nefarious Magazine

 

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