Pretty Monsters and Willem Breuker Coming to Philadelphia

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From Ars Nova Workshop:

Wednesday, September 19
Katherine Young, bassoon; Erica Dicker, violin; Owen Stewart-Robertson, electric guitar; and Mike Pride, drums

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street

Ars Nova Workshop presents the Philadelphia debut of Pretty Monsters, the new quartet led by the bassoonist Katherine Young. Referencing the album “Saxophone Colossus” by Sonny Rollins, The Wire called the Chicago-based composer and bassoonist Katherine Young a “bassoon colossus.” A former student of Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier, Young has worked with Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, F.M. Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten) and Weasel Walter. This quartet brings together a powerful group of young improvisers: the violinist Dicker is the concertmaster of Anthony Braxton’s Trillium/Tri-Centric Orchestra; the Brooklyn guitarist Owen Stewart-Robertson is a member of Make A Circus, Old Salt and This Sporting Life; the drummer Mike Pride is a member of From Bacteria To Boys and has worked with Boredoms, Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts and Nate Wooley. Pretty Monsters’ debut album is released this month on Public Eyesore.


Tuesday, October 2
Frans Vermeerssen, saxophone; Hermine Deurloo, saxophone; Marten van Noorden, saxophone; Andy Altenfelder, trumpet; George Pancraz, trumpet; Andy Bruce, trombone; Bernard Hunnekink, trombone; Henk de Jonge, piano; Arjen Gorter, bass; and Rob Verdurmen, drums

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
$15 general admission

This will be the final tour by the 10-piece ensemble founded in 1974 by the late Dutch composer Willem Breuker. Breuker died in 2010, and his will stated that the ensemble tour only one more time following his death. A member of the Globe Unity Orchestra alongside Peter Brötzmann, Manfred Schoof and Alexander von Schlippenbach, in 1967 Breuker co-founded the Instant Composers Pool with fellow Dutch experimental musicians Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg. His Kollektief became a platform for mixing jazz and improvised music with Dutch music theater. Breuker composed over 500 works, and is considered an authority on the composer Kurt Weill. Often classified as a “madcap,” Breuker was celebrated as a postmodern composer unafraid to combine high and low culture, and to take extreme musical risks. For this final US tour, the Kollektief will present an overview of compositions written by Breuker since 1965, including pieces that have never previously been performed.

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