Sunday, January 11, 8:00pm
with Han Bennink, drums; Ab Baars, clarinet + tenor saxophone; Ernst Glerum, tenor saxophone; Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Michael Moore, alto saxophone + clarinet; Mary Oliver, violin; and Wolter Wierbos, trombone
+ VANDERMARK / WOOLEY DUO
with Ken Vandermark, saxophone; and Nate Wooley, trumpet
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd
$15 General Admission
Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present a double bill featuring the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra and the duo of Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley.
Instant Composers Pool (ICP) is a collective of Dutch composers and improvisers that was formed in 1967 by Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. Over the years, the always-evolving ICP Orchestra has collaborated with giants of the experimental music world, such as Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, John Tchicai and Alan Silva. The current line-up for the ICP Orchestra consists of nine of the most innovative voices from around the globe, including co-founder and drummer Bennink, the saxophonists/clarinetists Michael Moore and Ab Baars, and the trombonist Wolter Wierbos. (ICP co-founder Mengelberg will not be performing tonight.) From ragtime to swing, bop to free jazz, classical to carnival, the ICP Orchestra continues to be at the forefront of the creative music world they helped create over four decades ago.
Chicago saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley had been operating in each other’s orbits for several years – having worked together with Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, and Terrie Ex – before putting together their duo project in October 2013, when they toured the United States for the first time. With this unique ensemble, they deal directly with each other’s iconoclastic compositional and improvisational vocabularies, and have created a book of original material that takes inspirational cues from the under-appreciated work of John Carter and Bobby Bradford. Vandermark and Wooley have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into this new raw and intimate duo.
Thursday, January 15, 8:00pm
with Patrick Higgins, guitar; Greg Fox, percussion; and Sam Hillmer, tenor saxophone
Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.
$15 General Admission
Founded by saxophonist Sam Hillmer, Zs has performed in ensembles ranging from a duo to a sextet. For the group’s upcoming album, XE, Hillmer is joined by percussionist Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Man Forever), a student of the great Milford Graves, and avant-classical guitarist and composer Patrick Higgins. Zs has been described variously as no-wave, noise, post-minimalist, drone, and psych, but Zs is primarily concerned with making music that challenges the physical and mental limitations of both performer and listener through extended technique, instrumental synthesis, and an uncanny communication between the musicians.