Ars Nova Workshop Spring 2013: An Update


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Ars Nova Workshop has reached the halfway point of its Spring 2013 concert season; it has been a great one so far! Thanks for joining us for the performances by Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, the Whammies, Kris Davis's Capricorn Climber, Ches Smith & These Arches, and most recently, the spectacular sold-out show at Philadelphia Art Alliance with the Billy Hart Quartet. It was the perfect way to welcome the quartet for its first ever Philly date.

The season continues. Due to reasons beyond our control, we had to cancel dates with Mats Gustafsson and Merzbow, and with Jasaon Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms. But we're happy to announce some new additions to the calendar. ICP Orchestra, the Engines and the Craig Taborn Trio are up next, and we've just added performances by Odean Pope and Andrew Cyrille in duo, a double-bill with the Sun Ra Arkestra and Mike Reed's People, Places and Things, Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee in duo, and the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble.

Check out a summary of our upcoming events below. To purchase tickets, and for more information about the performers, please refer to the “Events” page of the ANW website. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

Thursday, April 11, 8pm
Michael Moore, alto saxophone + clarinet; Tobias Delius, tenor saxophone + clarinet; Ab Baars, tenor saxophone + clarinet; Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Wolter Wierbos, trombone; Mary Oliver, violin; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Ernst Glerum, bass; Han Bennink, drums
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, $15

ANW's excited to welcome the ICP Orchestra back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2011, when we presented the legendary Dutch ensemble for three consecutive nights. ICP is a collective of Dutch composers and improvisers (and instant composers) formed in 1967 by Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. The corresponding artist-run ICP Records has released over 40 albums, and is the longest running label of its kind. Over the years, the always-evolving ICP Orchestra has collaborated with giants of the experimental music world, such as Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, John Tchicai and Alan Silva. The current line-up for the ICP Orchestra consists of nine of the most innovative voices from around the globe, including co-founder Bennink, Michael Moore, Ab Baars, and Wolter Wierbos.

Saturday, April 13, 8pm
Dave Rempis, saxophones; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Nate McBride, bass; Tim Daisy, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15

The first Philadelphia performance since 2007 by Chicago improvising unit The Engines featuring the saxophonist Dave Rempis, the trombonist Jeb Bishop, the bassist Nate McBride and the drummer Tim Daisy. All leading players from Chicago's improvised music scene, the four have worked in various projects with Mats Gustafsson, Roscoe Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Jason Adasiewicz and Nels Cline, and in groups such as Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchesra, Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Tentet, Ballister and Vox Arcana. A leader-less quartet, each member brings original compositions to the table in order to foster what the group calls an “equal music relationship.” The Engines' new album, out in 2013, is a live set performed at Hungry Brain with the late saxophonist John Tchicai.

Wednesday, May 1, 8pm
Craig Taborn, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15

The Philadelphia debut of this trio led by the pianist Craig Taborn featuring the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. Taborn has worked with Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, and many others. Among his recent recordings are three excellent ECM albums: Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory's 'Far Side,' Taborn's solo piano album 'Avenging Angel' and the Michael Formanek Quartet's 'Small Places.' Cleaver has worked with Taborn in numerous configurations, including in trios with William Parker and Lotte Anker, and in the Michael Formanek Quartet; Morgan has worked with Paul Motian, Masabumi Kikuchi, Jim Black, Bill Frisell and Lee Konitz.

Monday, May 13, 8pm
Odean Pope, tenor saxophone; Andrew Cyrille, drums

The Philadelphia debut by this all-star duo featuring Philadelphia saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Odean Pope, who has lived in Philly since he was 10-years-old, began his career performing with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. Cyrille, a Brooklyn-born drummer with Haitian roots, has worked with Coleman Hawkins, Milford Graves, Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Reggie Workman, and Marilyn Crispell. Cyrille was a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, and he played on Taylor recordings such as 'Unit Structures' and 'Conquistador,' as well as other essential free-jazz albums, like Charlie Haden’s 'Liberation Music Orchestra' and Marion Brown’s 'Afternoon of a Georgia Faun.' In January, Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band, a 12-piece ensemble that performs its leader’s compositions, played for the first time at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Saturday, May 25, 8pm
Marshall Allen, alto saxophone + flute + Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI); Knoel Scott, alto saxophone; Danny Ray Thompson, baritone saxophone; Fred Adams, trumpet; Michael Ray, trumpet; Dave Davis, trombone + French horn + tuba; Dave Hotep, guitar; Bill Davis, double-bass; Wayne A. Smith, Jr, drums; Elson Nascimento, Surdo drum
Greg Ward, alto saxophone; Tim Halderman, tenor saxophone; Jason Roebke, bass; Mike Reed, drums

This very special performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra is in celebration of the 89th birthday of Arkestra leader Marshall Allen, and the 99th anniversary of Sun Ra’s arrival on Earth. After relocating to Chicago, Allen became a pupil of Sun Ra, subsequently joining the Arkestra in 1958 and leading its formidable reed section. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings, and has been maestro since 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra and John Gilmore. Mike Reed has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Josh Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, and Dave Rempis. Among the ensembles he leads is People, Places and Things, whose 2010 LP, Stories and Negotiations, placed on the year-end lists of The New York Times, NPR and Village Voice. Last year, the group released its fourth album, Clean On The Corner. This is the group’s first Philadelphia appearance.

Wednesday, June 5, 8pm
Peter Brötzmann, saxophones; Joe McPhee, saxophones + trumpet

ANW’s thrilled to present the Philadelphia debut of this unique collaboration between two Free Jazz heavyweights, the German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and the American saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee. Brötzmann is the most vital European Free Jazz musician of his generation. His 1967 album, 'Machine Gun,' remains the most celebrated document of the early-Free Jazz movement, and ever since, Brötzmann has pushed the boundaries of jazz experimentation. Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late 1960s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist. His first recordings were 'Underground Railroad' (1969), 'Nation Time' (1970), and 'Trinity.' He has since worked with Pauline Oliveros, Ken Vandermark, Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson and Chris Corsano.

Saturday, June 22, 8pm
Christian Wallumrød, piano, harmonium + toy piano; Eivind Lønning, trumpet; Gjermund Larsen, violin + hardanger fiddle + viola; Espen Reinertsen, tenor saxophone + flute; Tove Törngren, cello; Per Oddvar Johansen, drums + vibraphone

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the first Philadelphia performance by the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, an all-Norwegian ensemble that has released four albums on ECM. Norwegian pianist Christian Wallumrød has worked with Arve Henriksen and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. His trio’s debut album, 'No Birch,' was released in 1998 by ECM. He is a member of Dans les Arbres, with Ingar Zach, Ivar Grydeland, and Xavier Charles, and he leads the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. The latter has released four albums on ECM, the most recent being 2011’s 'Fabula Suite Lugano.' About the album, the Irish Times writes that it “reflects [Wallumrød’s] contacts with contemporary classical, baroque, Norwegian folk and church music. It’s exquisitely performed; the permutating blend of trumpet-violin/Hardanger fiddle/viola-cello-baroque harp and piano or harmonium, with rhythm, is uniquely beautiful.”

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