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‘Ludwig’s Night Out:’ Anne Akiko Meyers & Gene Pritsker’s Sound Liberation

March 16 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Presented by Composers Concordance

Composers Concordance presents the program ‘Ludwig’s Night Out’. World-renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will join the eclectic band Sound Liberation in a program inspired by Gene Pritsker’s composition ‘Ludwig’s Night Out’. The idea of this composition is that Beethoven has a night out on the town while his Sonata No. 4 (for violin & piano) is echoing in his mind. As he goes from club to club (jazz, rock, metal, techno, and reggae), the music reflects each of those styles. The event will also feature the premieres of Pritsker’s ‘So Very Expressive’, based on the 2nd movement of the Spring Sonata, and ‘Ludwiglied’ inspired by a poem of Erik T. Johnson, as well as music by Dan Cooper, Jay Rodriguez Sierra, Yayoi Ikawa, David Gotay, and Laurence Goldman. The all-star band includes Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Wayne DuMaine, trumpet; Jay Rodriguez Sierra, sax/flute; Gene Pritsker, guitar/rap; Yayoi Ikawa, piano; Laurence Goldman, bass; David Cossin, drums; and featuring Adriana Valdés, voice and Erik T. Johnson, recitation.

Performers: Anne Akiko Meyers (violin)

Sound Liberation: Wayne DuMaine (trumpet), Jay Rodriguez Sierra (sax/flute), Gene Pritsker (guitar/rap), Yayoi Ikawa (piano), Laurence Goldman (bass), David Cossin (drums)

Featuring: Adriana Valdés (voice), Erik T. Johnson (poet/narrator)

Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Gene Pritsker, Yayoi Ikawa, Laurence Goldman, Dan Cooper, Jay Rodriguez, David Gotay, Camille Saint-Saëns


Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s most esteemed violinists and been described as “a musical wizard, with astonishing access to every kind of expressive color”.

She regularly performs around the world as soloist with leading orchestras, in recital and is a prolific recording artist with over 40 recordings. A muse and champion of living composers, she recently premiered and performed Fandango by Arturo Márquez with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall and the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and Blue Electra by Michael Daugherty at The Kennedy Center with Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra to massive critical and audience acclaim.

Her 2022-23 season includes appearances with the Los Angeles, National, Albany, Detroit, Nashville, Princeton, San Diego, San Jose, Tucson, and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. She released her latest recording, Mysterium, of newly imagined violin/choral music by J.S. Bach and Morten Lauridsen, with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, in addition to Shining Night , her 40th recording with pianist Fabio Bidini and guitarist Jason Vieaux, on Avie Records.

Anne has premiered new music with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Washington D.C., Helsinki, Hyogo, Leipzig, London, Lyon, and New Zealand, among others. She has worked closely with Arvo Pärt (Estonian Lullaby), Einojuhani Rautavaara (Fantasia, his final complete work), John Corigliano (cadenzas for the Beethoven Violin Concerto; Lullaby for Natalie), Arturo Márquez (Fandango), Michael Daugherty (Blue Electra), Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg (violin concertos), Jakub Ciupiński, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Jones, Morten Lauridsen, Wynton Marsalis, Akira Miyoshi, Gene Pritsker, Somei Satoh, and Joseph Schwantner.

Meyers performs on the Ex-Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesù, dated 1741, considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence and endorses Larsen Strings.


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, Birdland, The Blue Note, Downtime, New Music Cafe, Cutting Room, Le Poisson Rouge, and many other performing spaces.

Sound Liberation’s musical philosophy, developed by band founder Gene Pritsker, is based upon “ending the segregation of sound vibration (i.e. musical Genre)”. The group incorporates its philosophy by performing compositions that encompass a diverse range of musical genres, 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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315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036
New York, NY 10036 US
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