The Recording Session with PRISM Quartet

Feb 23, 2021 at - | Virtual Event

The Recording Session

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

This is a virtual
 event. Register for details.

The members of PRISM Quartet address production practices in recording sessions (including self-recording), such as equipment selection; mic placement; session protocols and the roles of the producer and engineer. Presented by the Department of Music’s Composers Forum, which is a regular meeting place for graduate students in composition as well as the extended new music community at Penn, supporting the creative and pragmatic activities of Penn Sound Collective, welcoming frequent visitors, and creating opportunities for the exchange of ideas.


This workshop is part of the PRISM Quartet Institute (PQI), an innovative program (online-only during the pandemic) through which the PRISM Quartet partners with cultural and educational organizations worldwide to share knowledge the group has accumulated in our 36 years together—all for the benefit of aspiring artists. PQI is offering seminars, interactive workshops, and classes under four separate tracks: Teaching and Pedagogy; Business and Entrepreneurship; Recording and Technology; and Composition. More information


Matthew Levy

Matthew Levy has been hailed by The Saxophone Journal as “a complete virtuoso of the tenor saxophone” and by The New York Times for his “energetic and enlivening” performances. He is the recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as composition fellowships from the Independence Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has scored four motion pictures, including PBS’s Diary of a City Priest, featured at the Sundance Film Festival. His music is highlighted on four PRISM recordings, including People’s Emergency Center (Best Jazz of 2014, PopMatters). He has also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Tzadik, and Grammavision; collaborated with a host of choreographers/dance companies, among them Peter Sparling and Scrap; and appeared as a guest artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dolce Suono, NNM Ensemble, and counter)induction. He teaches saxophone at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania; serves as a Community Artist Program mentor at the Curtis Institute, and as a consultant for the Corzo Center at the University of the Arts. Levy holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, where he was a recipient of the Lawrence Teal Award.

John Senior

A music industry veteran with many years of technical and practical experience, John Senior is currently Chief Engineer at Elm Street Studios, and also working & consulting on a wide variety of other projects. John has been actively involved with music and sound since his teenage years. This lifelong passion has been the central theme of his working career, seeking a balance of both technical and creative elements, and finding intriguing challenges and great rewards along the way. John has also served in the Philadelphia chapter of the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy (NARAS) since 2009.

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