The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music Festival Coming to Philadelphia

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone

Source: The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Ars Nova Workshop (ANW), in partnership with FringeArts, presents a new jazz and contemporary music festival unlike anything Philadelphia has seen – or heard: The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music. This four-day, multi-venue listening festival centers at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race Street) from October 5-8, 2017.

The inaugural OctRev will take place October 5-8 on the FringeArts campus, and will include performances at neighboring sites and venues. ANW is curating a line-up of the most thoughtful, adventurous music inventors and performers of our time, from across a diverse range of genres that span jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary classical and radiate outward. Confirmed acts include:

NEA Jazz Master and AACM founding member Anthony Braxton

MacArthur Fellow, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder, and “young star of the modern flute” (The New Yorker) Claire Chase

An ultra-rare appearance from The Art Ensemble of Chicago, one of the most influential ensembles of all time

A new duo featuring harpist Zeena Parkins and drummer Brian Chase, best known for their extensive work with Bjork and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, respectively

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil in celebration of their new recording on ECM Records

Sun Ra Arkestra performing their seminal 1973 Impulse Records album “Space is the Place” in its entirety