Ars Nova Workshop in September

Source: Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop.

Saturday, September 16 – 8:00pm
with Tom Rainey, drums; Mary Halvorson, el. guitar; and Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$20 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the return of the Tom Rainey Trio, led by the in-demand drummer and featuring two of the leading voices in modern jazz, guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock.

Originally from California, Rainey has played with most of the heavyweights of the contemporary jazz scene since moving to New York, including Mark Helias, Kris Davis, Tim Berne and Tony Malaby. For his own trio – based on the concept of equality – he has chosen two strong female musicians: Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist who plays with an extraordinary sensitivity for structure and form, fusing intellect and poetry in her refined improvisations, while Mary Halvorson is one of the most sought after jazz guitarists of her generation. She has developed a highly individual style and sound and surprises the listener with astonishing effects. As an ensemble they play a refreshingly new and unsentimental music: “A concise lecture on the aesthetics of collective sound shaping”, as one critic said.



Saturday, September 16 – 7:00pm
with Bill Frisell, guitar; Petra Haden, vocals; Hank Roberts, cello; and Luke Bergman, bass
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue
$30 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $40 Reserved

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to launch its new partnership with the Ardmore Music Hall with iconic guitarist Bill Frisell’s new quartet Harmony, featuring vocalist Petra Haden, cellist Hank Roberts and bassist Luke Bergman.

A sprawling and evocative trip through the landscape of American music of the last century, Harmony is a new group that continues Frisell’s career-long exploration of the breadth and scope of American music. Drawing on influences from folk, bluegrass and country as well as jazz, Harmony brings together collaborators from throughout Frisell’s notable career: vocalist Petra Haden, who has performed extensively in duos with the guitarist as well as on his movie-music tribute When You Wish Upon a Star; Roberts, whose association with Frisell spans three decades, dating back to the 1987 ECM release Lookout for Hope; and Bergman, a fellow member of the University of Washington Jazz Studies faculty and member of the Cuong Vu Group, which has recorded with Frisell.

Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 35 years and many celebrated recordings. His catalog has been cited by Downbeat as “the best recorded output of the decade.” Over the years, Frisell has contributed to the work of such collaborators as Paul Motian, John Zorn, Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, The Los Angeles Philharmonic and numerous others. This work has established him as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well.



Thursday, September 21 – 8:00pm
with Frode Gjerstad, saxophone; Steve Swell, trombone; Johnny Ruun, bass; and Paal Nilssen-Love, drums
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the return of Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad, leading his quartet with trombonist Steve Swell, bassist Johnny Ruun and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.

“Gjerstad is a choice elicitor of out-of-the-ordinary elocutions, refusing gadgetry and reed-fueled bric-a-brac in favour of a strong sense of asymmetrical melody, trawling the improbable waters of curvilinear liberty in search of the most disparate notes, looking for composure while surrounded by havoc,” writes Paris Transatlantic Magazine about the Norwegian trumpeter and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad.