Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Saturday, February 18, 8pm
Amir ElSaffar, trumpet + santur + vocals; Ole Mathisen, saxophones; Tareq Abboushi, buzuq; Safer Tawil, oud + percussion; Carlo DeRosa, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15

Iraqi-American multi-instrumentalist/composer ElSaffar is on the forefront of musicians incorporating the traditional musical styles of their cultural backgrounds with modern sensibilities. His Two Rivers Ensemble’s developed an instinctive ease with this highly complex music, enabling the band to play with a creativity that transcends pure technical challenge. While Two Rivers (2007) combined elements found in the modal music of the Iraqi maqam with the rhythms and aesthetics of modern jazz, Inana (2011) builds on those concepts to include a microtonal harmonic and melodic language influenced by the pitch-flexibility of Middle Eastern music. The consequence is a transformation of the jazz idiom, though the music still speaks the language of swing, improvisation and group interaction.



Friday, March 9, 8pm
Matthew Shipp, piano; Michael Bisio, bass; Whit Dickey, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, $15

Sometimes elegant, sometimes brutal, and always uncompromising, Shipp slams and seduces the keys unlike any other jazz pianist to create a delightfully sonic and stunningly physical event. His most recent recording is The Art Of The Improviser—a double-LP showcasing one side of solo pieces and another with his trio featuring bassist Bisio and drummer Dickey. Tonight’s Philadelphia debut is a record release celebration for the trio’s new Thirsty Ear Recordings album, Elastic Aspects.



ANW Recommends:

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
A Birthday Tribute to a Legendary Light

Painted Bride Art Center | 230 Vine Street | 215-925-9914
$25 in advance, $30 day of show

At the crossroads of new beats, microtonal harmonies, eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts, new musical ideas are on the horizon. David “Fuze” Fiuzynski and The Planet MicroJam Institute ensemble, with special guest Freedom Bremmer, celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday. Hard grooves with eastern influenced melodies will put audiences into a colorful trance. Newly inspired arrangements will focus on pieces like “3rd Stone from the Sun”, “House Burnin Down”, “Steppin Stone,” as well as original “Fuze” pieces influenced by Hendrix. This tribunal configuration will feature Turkish musician Utar Dundarartun on microtonal keyboard and Planet MicroJam known for colliding sonic esthetics from within an increasingly shrinking global village to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting – a raw, powerful and extremely colorful mixture of eastern and western elements.