Coming to Ars Nova Workshop

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:


Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 8:00pm
Lucian Ban / Mat Maneri Duo
Transylvanian Concert

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of the Lucian Ban/Mat Maneri Duo. “Transylvanian Concert” marks an ECM debut for Romanian-born pianist-composer Lucian Ban and a welcome return for US violist Mat Maneri, in his ninth appearance for the label. The album documents a performance in the Culture Palace of Targu Mures, in the heart of Transylvania.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 8:00pm
Tootie Heath-Ethan Iverson-Ben Street Trio
Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present Philadelphia legend Albert “Tootie” Heath along with Ethan Iverson and Ben Street in what is sure to be a very memorable evening.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – 8:00pm
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
40th Anniversary Celebration
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Ars Nova Workshop welcomes the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to Philadelphia for its 40th anniversary celebration tour and CD release party. Their new album is called Black is Back.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 – 8:00pm
Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Ars Nova Workshop and Johnny Brenda’s is pleased to present a rare performance by Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative, the exciting collaboration between Van Peebles and members of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber.


Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Drummer Tom Rainey perforrming live in concert...




The Bad Plus (Tuesday through Jan. 5) Few groups in the greater jazz orbit sound more doggedly intrepid than the Bad Plus — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — and few have done more to bring robust improvisational practice to audiences well outside that orbit. Somehow it seems only fitting that the band starts this weeklong run on New Year’s Eve. Tuesday at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., Wednesday through Jan. 5 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum; $150 on New Year’s Eve, which includes both sets and a $25 drink credit, with finger food and party favors. (Chinen)

Open Loose (Saturday) Mark Helias is a bassist equally committed to the causes of momentum and texture, and in that sense he has a very good thing in Open Loose, a band with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village,, (212) 989-9319; $10 cover, with $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Monday) Tom Rainey, a drummer of far-ranging experience, has broken into bandleading in recent years, often with the two partners in this trio: Ingrid Laubrock, a tenor and soprano saxophonist of exploratory instincts, and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with $10 minimum. (Chinen)

John Zorn Improv Night (Friday through Sunday) Noise is the currency at a John Zorn improv party, which can feature any number of intrepid and open-minded musicians. Among the participants: the multireedists Marty Ehrlich and Chris Speed; the guitarists Thurston Moore and Mary Halvorson; and the percussionists Adam Rudolph and Billy Martin. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $25. (Chinen)


Bargemusic’s Here and Now Winter Festival, Jan. 2-5

From NY’s Bargemusic:

Sandeep Bhagwati Seventeen Miyagi Haikus for 2 Bass Trombones and piccolo
Trumpet (Premiere) (January 2, 3, 4)
Michael Brown New piece for piano 4 hands (Premiere)
Victoria Bond Binary (Premiere)
David Del Tredici New piece for violin and piano (Premiere)
Paul Desenne Sonata for solo violin (Premiere)
Kenneth Fuchs String Quartet No. 4 (Premiere) (January 2, 3)
Falling Canons for piano (Premiere)
György Kurtág Selection from Játékok
Peri Mauer “A Little New Year’s Flair” for piano (Premiere)
David Rakowsky 2 Etudes “Toyed Up” and “Absofunkinlutely”
David Shohl Duo for 2 Bass Trombones (Premiere) (January 2, 3, 4)
David Taylor Too Suite for bass trombone and piano, (Premiere)
Michel Van der Aa “Just Before” for piano and electronics (Premiere) (January 2, 3)
Alejandro Viñao “Formas Del Viento” for flute, alto flute, and marimba, vibraphone (January 5)
Charles Wuorinen Percussion Duo (January 4)
“Marimba Variations” for solo marimba (January 2)
John Zorn Occam’s Razor for cello and piano (January 4, 5)

Jennifer Choi, violin
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Pala Garcia, violin
Mark Peskanov, violin
Kyle Armbrust, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
Steven Beck, piano
Michael Brown, piano
David Del Tredici, piano
Adam Golka, piano
Blair McMillen, piano
Olga Vinokur, piano
Peter Evans, trumpet
David Taylor, bass trombone
Felix Del Tredici, bass trombone
Gregory Zuber, percussion
Patricia Zuber, flute