Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Sunday, January 13, 2019 – 8:00pm
with Jeff Parker, guitar; Dustin Laurenzi, saxophone + electronics; Mike King, piano; Paul Bryan, bass, and Jeremy Cunningham, drums
Ben LaMar Gay, trumpet
Chad Taylor, drums

Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$15 General Admission

Please join us for the Philadelphia premiere of Jeremy Cunningham’s The Weather Up There.

In 2017, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs awarded Jeremy Cunningham an artist grant for his forthcoming album “The Weather Up There,” which addresses the tragedy of losing his younger brother Andrew in a home invasion robbery in 2008. Working closely with Jeff Parker and Paul Bryan, this new work confronts gun violence and examines the acute ripple effect on several people’s lives through the lens of memory, response, and collage. Cunningham includes regular collaborators Ben LeMar Gay, Jaimie Branch, Dustin Laurenzi, and Matt Ulery, in addition to a drum choir comprised of mentors and colleagues Mike Reed, Makaya McCraven, and Mikel Patrick Avery. The album also includes interviews from family members, and close friends, as well as recent poetry surrounding the experience of loss and the effect of gun violence. These musical compositions come to life live through an immersive experience, which includes many of the same artists, along with an accompanying visual tapestry comprised of original content shot on location in Cincinnati, and performed live by experimental video artist Kim Alpert. Cunningham has also paired with EveryTown For Gun Safety, a non-profit that shares his passion for enacting common sense gun laws.



Monday, January 14, 2019 – 8:00pm
with Dave Liebman, soprano and tenor saxophones + bamboo flute; Adam Rudolph, kongos, djembe, tarija, sintir, percussion, electronics; and Hamid Drake, drumset, vocals, frame drum, percussion

Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$15 General Admission

Karuna brings together two of the most innovative, influential and creative percussionists in modern music, who have enjoyed a collaboration reaching back to a chance encounter between two 14-year-old aspiring percussionists in a downtown Chicago drum shop. Hailed as a “pioneer in world music” by the New York Times, composer-percussionist Adam Rudolph has melded a variety of traditions, both cultural and musical, for more than four decades. He’s performed extensively with Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders and especially Yusef Lateef, with whom he recorded 15 albums ranging from duets to large ensemble collaborations In addition, Rudolph leads the ensembles Moving Pictures, Hu: Vibrational, and the Go: Organic Orchestra. Mentored by the legendary saxophonist Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake became a vital part of the Chicago avant-jazz scene while touring (alongside Rudolph) with Don Cherry. Drake has worked extensively, on both hand percussion and trap drums, with Anderson, William Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, David Murray, Ken Vandermark and fellow Chicago percussionist Michael Zerang. For this very special performance, they’ll be joined by the one-and-only Dave Leibman. NEA Jazz Master Liebman’s career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the early 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis groups, continuing as a bandleader since. He has played on over five hundred recordings with nearly two hundred under his leadership and co-leadership. His bands over the years have included noted musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, Billy Hart and others.