Present Music, Milwaukee’s premiere avant garde performers are gearing up for their season opener this Saturday, melding international and local innovation for an extraordinary musical adventure that takes cutting edge to a new level. The season opener’s performers will feature London’s Gabriel Prokofiev and local DJ Madhatter for a collaboration of the classically orchestral and the modern art of the turntable. Present Music divulges, “The Present Music Ensemble will perform with Gabriel Prokofiev, founder of the Nonclassical record label and the grandson of the great Sergei Prokofiev. Gabriel Prokofiev has gained wide attention in classical circles for his Concerto for Turntables and Orchstra (see a practice sesh, above) which will be performed at the season opener with DJ Madhatter on the turntables. In addition, this will be Phillip Bush’s final concert with the group. He’s retiring from Present Music after fifteen seasons as its keyboardist/pianist and will perform the Gyorgy Ligeti piano concerto for his farewell performance.” Get even more of a lowdown from WMSE’s blogging pal, CricketToes *here*, as she picks apart Present Music’s performance itinerary and adds another video to view.
Prokofiev’s extensive accomplishments include production of dance, electro and hip hop, classical composition [String Quartet No. 1, 2003 + String Quartet (s) No. 2 and No. 3], an award for Best Contemporary Classical CD  at the Independent Music Awards and introducing elements of avant garde to traditional classical sounds. Find out more about Prokofiev and Present Music tomorrow on WMSE when Prokofiev appears on the WMSE airwaves for an interview with Kid Cut Up, which will broadcast during WMSE’s Boogie Bang program (Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.). Tune in at WMSE.org or at 91.7 FM on your radio dial. Download the interview in the WMSE archives if you missed out. Present Music’s season opener takes place at Turner Hall Ballroom [1032 N. 4th] on Saturday, September 18th at 8 p.m.