Ars Nova Workshop, in collaboration with FringeArts, present The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music, a four-day multi-venue experimental music festival in Philadelphia, October 4-7, 2018.
A true original who rarely performs in public, Annette Peacock’s compositions are among the most enduring in modern jazz, while she is also considered a formative influence on electronica, rap, and synth-pop. Over the course of her stunningly diverse career Peacock has worked with such wide-ranging musical innovators as Paul Bley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Albert Ayler, and Mick Ronson and crossed paths with such original thinkers as Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Salvador Dalí, Robert Moog, and Michio Kushi.
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
A Philadelphia premiere nearly 50 years in the making! Chicago-based alto saxophonist Ackamoor co-founded The Pyramids in 1972 while a student at Antioch College, where his teachers included iconic pianist Cecil Taylor. The sextet, which absorbs influences from avant-garde jazz and African music traditions, recently released the acclaimed album An Angel Fell (Strut), evoking such forebearers as Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, and Fela Kuti.
Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: The Ashram Experience
When Alice Coltrane, widow and pianist of the iconic saxophonist John Coltrane, founded the Sai Anantam Ashram in the mountains of Santa Monica, the move was perceived by many as a move away from music and into spiritual pursuits. The release last year of the remarkable collection World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop) proved otherwise: Coltrane continued to create music as transcendent and profound as ever as part of her religious practice. That music remained largely unheard by the general public during Coltrane’s lifetime, but now the Sai Anantam Singers are sharing her astounding devotional music in live performance.
Tiger Trio with Myra Melford, Joëlle Léandre & Nicole Mitchell
The inspired union of pianist and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford, French bassist Joëlle Léandre (who has worked with Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Anthony Braxton), and AACM flutist Nicole Mitchell, Tiger Trio brings an uncommon lucidity to the art of spontaneous composition.
OGJB Quartet with Joe Fonda, Oliver Lake, Graham Haynes & Barry Altschul
Four boundary-pushing innovators converge in this collective quartet: saxophonist Oliver Lake, cornetist Graham Haynes, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Barry Altschul. All four are ground-breaking musicians in their own rights and can boast collaborations with many of the most acclaimed voices in the history of jazz.
Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio with Darius Jones & Chad Taylor
The lifetime achievement honoree at this year’s Vision Festival, Philadelphia piano great Dave Burrell returns home at the helm of his explosive, era-spanning trio. Burrell’s expansive pianism ranges from the stride era through bop to the harshest of avant-garde angles, all blended seamlessly through his restless imagination. The latest incarnation of the group includes the ferocious saxophonist Darius Jones and the inventive drummer Chad Taylor, a recent transplant to the city.