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Via Ars Nova Workshop.

Tuesday, November 7 – 8:00pm
with Bernhard Rietbrock, guitar; Jan Thoben, guitar; Oren Ambarchi, guitar; Gary Schmalzl, guitar; Felix Profos, piano; Charles Ng, saxophone; Joan Jordi, saxophone; Oliver Arcos, saxophone; Valentine Michaud, saxophone; Rebecca Thies, violin; Fabienne Früh, violin; Cecile Vonderwahl, violin; and Nora Peterhans, violin

FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
$18 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop and FringeArts are pleased to present the Philadelphia premiere of the Ever Present Orchestra, a 12-piece ensemble dedicated to performing the music of experimental music composer Alvin Lucier. The concert will also celebrate the publication of a new Lucier box set featuring four vinyl LPs, a CD, and a book with essays, interviews, scientific articles and archival photos, edited by EPO Artistic Director Bernhard Rietbrock.

The Ever Present Orchestra, based in Berlin and Zurich, was founded on the occasion of a festival celebrating American composer Alvin Lucier’s 85th birthday. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of four electric guitars, three saxophones, four violins and a piano. Along with classical musicians, the EPO features prominent Lucier interpreters from other genres such as experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi.

The evening’s repertoire is highlighted by Double Cross-Hatch (2017), a new piece composed by Lucier specifically for the EPO. The line-up also includes: Criss-Cross (2013), a piece written for two guitars, and adaptations of existing works Hanover (2015), originally written for the Dartmouth College Jazz Band, Braid (2012), and Two Circles (2012).



Saturday, November 25 – 8:30pm

Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
$30 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop and Union Transfer are pleased to present the inventive, electrifying saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kamasi Washington.

Part of the expansive, genre-warping West Coast musical collective known as the “West Coast Get Down,” Kamasi Washington seized the world’s attention with his sprawling three-disc, 172-minute album The Epic. Both a wildly ambitious debut and a career-defining magnum opus, the aptly-named album featured Washington’s 10-piece ensemble The Next Step along with a full string orchestra and choir.

Rolling Stone hailed Washington as “the most audacious player in a movement making the electric flurry of Seventies fusion jazz cool again,” while Pitchfork called him “unusually well poised to secure the attention of listeners who have previously been uninterested in jazz.”



Friday, December 1 – 8:00pm
with Mark Guiliana, drums; Jason Rigby, saxophones; Fabian Almazan, piano; and Chris Morrissey, bass

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$25 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present eclectic drummer/composer Mark Guiliana and his Jazz Quartet.

Drummer/composer Mark Guiliana is at the forefront of top drummers in the world for creating an entirely new vernacular on the instrument – blending virtuosic skills on acoustic drums alongside electronic elements and processing. The New York Times recognized Guiliana as “a drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed.” Guiliana’s prowess, conceptual approach and unmistakable sound were recently featured in Blackstar, the critically and commercially acclaimed final studio recording from the late David Bowie. Over the past decade, Guiliana has recorded and toured around the world with artists including Brad Mehldau, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, bassist Avishai Cohen, Matisyahu, Lionel Loueke, and his own groups, Beat Music and the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet.

Praising the Quartet’s performance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and its deviation from the sonic world that Guiliana explores in his electronic music, Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen wrote that the band “delighted the packed house with strictly acoustic music that throbbed with imagination and refined but rugged playing, if not bass drops and rewinds.”



Sunday, December 10 – 7:00pm
with Nels Cline, el. guitar; Larry Ochs, saxophones; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Admore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue
$17 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $27 Reserved

Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall are thrilled to present the return of the explosive trio of guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Larry Ochs. Three experimental icons, individually and collectively drawing upon the outer limits of Midwestern free jazz, Bay Area structured improvisation, and bicoastal noise punk, reconvene in Philadelphia for a rare meeting.