Coming to Ars Nova Workshop

Shows later this week at Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Thursday, September 24, 8pm
with Cooper-Moore, diddly-bo/banjo; Assif Tsahar, reeds; and Chad Taylor, drums

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 100
$12 General Admission

Cooper-Moore has been a major catalyst in the world of creative music for over 30 years. His first fully-committed jazz group was formed in 1970 – the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards – which opened up for Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard in 1973. Following a trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and destroyed his piano – with sledgehammer and fire – in his backyard. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his ensemble, In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore’s gifts were again regularly featured in a jazz context. For this rare appearance, he performs with Digital Primitives featuring Israeli reedsman Assif Tsahar, known for his work with Rashied Ali, Peter Kowald and Hamid Drake, and drummer Chad Taylor, a member of the Chicago Underground Duo, Iron and Wine, and a major contributor to Chicago’s post-rock scene where he has recorded with Tortoise, Isotope 217, Stereolab and Sam Prekop.

Sunday, September 27, 8pm
with Oliver Lake, saxophone; Jared Gold, organ; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; and Bill McClellan, drums

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

Composer, saxophonist, poet and Guggenheim Fellow Oliver Lake is one of jazz’s most prolific and eclectic artists of the last 40 years. He is founding member of the Black Artists Group (BAG) in St. Louis in the 1970’s where he grew up with trumpeter Lester Bowie and pianist John Hicks. Lake is also a founding member of the influential World Saxophone Quartet. His works have been performed by the Arditti String Quartet; he’s collaborated with Björk, Lou Reed, Abbey Lincoln and A Tribe Called Quest; and performs regularly with Trio 3 (with Andrew Cyrille and Reggie Workman).

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