Fieldwork and Wally Shoup in Philly

Ars Nova in Philadelphia is presenting these shows this week.

Monday, September 18 | 8pm
with Vijay Iyer, piano; Steve Lehman, alto saxophone; and Tyshawn Sorey, drums

University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall | Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce Street
Free Admission

Fieldwork is a collective trio that’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard, comprising three of the creative jazz world’s admired young players – Vijay Iyer on piano, Steve Lehman on alto saxophone, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. They have each collaborated with some of the pioneers of creative music: Sorey with Butch Morris, Steve Coleman and Henry Threadgill; Iyer with Coleman, Morris, Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith; Lehman with Oliver Lake, Anthony Braxton and Dave Burrell. Within Fieldwork they impel each other into new avenues of ensemble playing, using composed rhythmic material as seeds for extended collaborative exploration. Fieldwork is a band, using the organizational model of the rock band as a basis to explore 21st-century creative music. The result resembles urban folk music from an imaginary civilization. “Your Life Flashes” (Pi Recordings), the trio’s intense, complex, spontaneous, and dark debut album (with previous Fieldwork saxophonist Aaron Stewart and drum
mer Elliot Kavee), was released in 2002 on Pi Recordings to rave reviews. Their electrifying follow-up, “Simulated Progress”, featuring Iyer, Lehman, and Kavee and mixed by noted hip-hop & rock producer Scotty Hard, was released in late 2005.

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Thursday, September 21 | 8pm
with Wally Shoup, alto saxophone; Reuben Radding, bass; and Toshi Makihara, drums
with Seth Meicht, saxophone; Matt Engle, bass; and Lonnie Solaway, drums

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Over the course of a career spanning three decades, Wally Shoup has been involved with Project W, has recorded and performed extensively with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and has brushed up against many American and European improvisers including LaDonna Smith, Jack Wright, John Oswald and Dylan Van der Schyff. Largely documented on the Leo label, Shoup recently released “Immolation/Immersion” (Strange Attractors Audio House) with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Chris Corsano (of Corsano and Flaherty).

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