Ars Nova Workshop in January

Cuong Vu
Cover of Cuong Vu

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, January 7, 8pm
AGOGIC
Andrew D’Angelo, alto saxophone + bass clarinet + electronics; Cuong Vu,
trumpet + electronics; Luke Bergman, electric bass; Evan Woodle, drums

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

This exciting new quartet led by Andrew D’Angelo (Human Feel, Matt Wilson
Quartet, Tyft) and Cuong Vu (Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, Chris Speed’s
Yeah NO) that exemplifies Seattle’s diverse and flourishing jazz scene will
be making their Philadelphia debut. Drawing on their 20-year relationship of
musical research and growth, they have teamed up with amazing young talents
Luke Bergman and Evan Woodle to create music infused with a new perspective,
brimming with energy and current musical trends. AGOGIC pushes musical
boundaries as their rock tinged aggression and deep grooves make listeners
jump out of their seats.

Listen to an unreleased AGOGIC studio track here:
http://arsnovaworkshop.org/events/agogic-01-07-2011

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Thursday, January 12, 8pm
MIKE PRIDE’S FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS
Darius Jones, alto saxophone; Alexis Marcelo, piano; Peter Bitenc, bass;
Mike Pride, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$10 General Admission

From Bacteria to Boys has undergone numerous line-up changes since forming
in 2005, and Mike Pride has now created a permanent quartet that performed
for the first time in February, 2009. Pride is known for his ability to play
across genres and styles-with artists ranging from Anthony Braxton to
Boredoms to Millions of Dead Cops-and this quartet embraces his eclecticism:
Darius Jones has played with Trevor Dunn, Jim Black and Weasel Walter;
Alexis Marcelo worked for many years with Yusef Lateef, and is the Music
Director of Harlem’s Salem United Methodist Church; and Peter Bitenc has
worked with Daniel Levin, Nate Wooley and Jon Irabagon. Come experience this
exciting new line-up as they perform pieces from their hard-hitting Aum
Fidelity release, Betweenwhile!

http://arsnovaworkshop.org/events/mike-prides-bacteria-boys-01-13-2011

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Thursday, January 20, 8pm
JEMEEL MOONDOC TRIO
Jemeel Moondoc, alto saxophone; Hill Greene, bass; Chad Taylor, drums

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Jemeel Moondoc moved to NYC in 1972 and co-founded one of the most
innovative Loft Era groups, Ensemble Muntu, whose various configurations
included Arthur Williams, William Parker, Mark Hennen, Rashid Bakr and Roy
Campbell. Moondoc has been active ever since, in recent years working with
Hamid Drake, John Voight and frequently with long time collaborator William
Parker. Veteran bassist Hilliard Greene has worked with Cecil Taylor,
Rashied Ali, Vijay Iyer, and Matana Roberts. Chad Taylor has worked in
numerous Chicago Underground ensembles with Rob Mazurek, and with the late
Fred Anderson, Marc Ribot, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Mary Halvorson, Ken
Vandermark, Marilyn Crispell, and many others.

http://arsnovaworkshop.org/events/jemeel-moondoc-trio-01-20-2011

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Friday, January 28, 8pm
AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS
Amina Claudine Myers, 1937 Aeolian-Skinner organ Opus 948

St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street

For this very special solo performance, first-wave Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) member Amina Claudine Myers will be
playing St. Mark’s Church’s 1937 Aeolian-Skinner organ Opus 948 built by
American organ innovator G. Donald Harrison. After moving to Chicago in the
1960s Myers taught in the public school system for six years, attended
Roosevelt University, and became a member of the AACM in 1966. She began
composing music for voice and in 1975 organized her first choir. Throughout
her musical career, which includes nine recordings as a group leader, she
has worked with Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden´s Liberation Orchestra, James
Blood Ulmer, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Frank Lowe, Lester
Bowie and Bill Laswell.

http://arsnovaworkshop.org/events/amina-claudine-myers-01-28-2011

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JOHN TILBURY / SEBASTIAN LEXER – Lost Daylight
THOMAS ANKERSMIT – Live In Utrecht

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Urs Leimgruber – Chicago Solo (Leo Records, 2010) ****
Ariel Shibolet – Live At The Total Music Meeting (Kadima, 2010) ****
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Sam Newsome – Blue Soliloquy (self-published, 2010) ****
Matt Bauder – Days In Pictures (Clean Feed, 2010) ***½
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