Upcoming Shows at Ars Nova Workshop

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From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, October 15, 8pm
Matthew Shipp, piano

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Join us for a special solo performance by Matthew Shipp, one of today’s most talented and versatile pianists. Over the years, Shipp has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, David S. Ware, William Parker, Roy Campbell, and many others. His sixth and most recent solo piano album, 4D released on Thirsty Ear earlier this year, was called “his best solo effort yet,” by the Chicago Reader.

For more details and to purchase advance tickets, visit http://www.arsnovaworkshop.org


Thursday, October 21, 8pm
Andy Laster, clarinet + saxophone; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Alex
Watermann, cello; Kermit Driscoll, bass

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Join us for this special (and free) performance by Andy Laster’s Sounds of Cairo, an all-star quartet that performs songs inspired by Egyptian composers of the 1920s. These four artists have been active in jazz and experimental music scenes for decades, performing with musicians like John Zorn, Julius Hemphill, Wadada Leo Smith, Yoko Ono, Wynton Marsalis, and Elliott Sharp. Come experience an evening of Egyptian-inspired music in West Philadelphia!


Thursday, October 28, 8pm
Tim Berne, alto saxophone; Craig Taborn, piano; Michael Formanek, bass;
Gerald Cleaver, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Michael Formanek Quartet features the stellar line-up of Craig Taborn, Tim Berne, and Gerald Cleaver. Over the last several decades, these musicians have worked with artists such as Elvis Costello, Stan Getz, Marilyn Crispell, Nels Cline, Roscoe Mitchell, and Henry Threadgill, and have helped shape the sonic landscape of contemporary jazz music. Come celebrate the release of Formanek’s new album, The Rub and Spare Change, on ECM Records!

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October Point of Departure

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This month’s Point of Departure is out.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

What’s New?: The PoD Roundtable

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

Commitment: The Inclusive Landscape of the Soul by Ed Hazell

The Book Cooks:
Alvin Curran: Live in Roma
Edited by Daniela Margoni Tortota (Die Schactel; Milano)
Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener
by David Toop (Continuum; London, New York)

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: George Schuller

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Annie Gosfield in Concert — The Industrial Age Goes Avant-Garde

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From Huffington Post:

The pompadour-coiffured, diminutive composer has since created several musical analogues of clanging, wheezing, sputtering, and chugging contraptions. She has assumed the role of a musical Charlie Chaplin trapped in the giant gears of Modern Times, as well as a keyboard-sampler artist with the deadpan efficiency of Buster Keaton commandeering The General. Five of her musical-machine compositions were presented last Saturday to audiences more accustomed these days to the virtual silences of the computer age. Gosfield’s peculiar remembrance of noises past was introduced with a video projection from 1999, Shoot the Player Piano (The Treasures of San Sylmar), opening a program at the club Fais-do-do entirely devoted to her works.

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David S. Ware Trio Plays at the Blue Note

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From NYTimes.com:

The saxophonist David S. Ware is a force-of-nature improviser, the sort of musician whose output invites overblown comparisons to gales and eruptions, or deep-focus seismic events. Vulnerability is an afterthought to any receptive experience of his music. Mr. Ware, 60, was at the Blue Note on Monday night, leading the same trio heard on “Onecept” (Aum Fidelity), his new album that is out this week. On bass was William Parker, an intuitive dynamo and Mr. Ware’s steadiest partner since the late 1980s; on drums was Warren Smith, an orchestral-minded accompanist with experience across the stylistic spectrum. Playing for precisely an hour, with one midset break for applause, the trio made a blank-canvas scrawl feel lighted with purpose.

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Akousma Festival in Montreal

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From SanArt:

AKOUSMA, the electroacoustic music festival, is back with a 7th edition
October 27, 28, 29 & 30 – 8:00 – at Monument-National in downtown Montreal

October 27: Deep Listening
Pauline Oliveros plays some of her pioneering tape musics and Mitchell Akiyama presents a new work for wind quartet & electronics.

October 28: Acousmatic
Mathew Adkins celebrates “musique concrète” with his Project and Martin Bédard presents a new acousmatic piece, commissioned by Réseaux with help from CALQ.

October 29: Machines
Felix-Antoine Morin is inspired by industrial music as well as “musique concrète” and Martin Messier presents his already famous Sewing Machines Orchestra.

October 30: Folktronica
Sinebag (aka Alexander Schubert) plays with drummer Michel F. Côté and clarinettist Philippe Lauzier. Nicolas Bernier presents courant.air, a new piece for acoustic guitar (played by Simon Trottier) and electronics.

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