Upcoming Philadelphia Shows 

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Tuesday, February 19, 8pm
with Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone and electronics; Sam Lisabeth, electric guitar; Henry Fraser, electric bass; and Jason Nazary, drums and electronics

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Please join us for a brain-rattling evening of extreme jazz with the Brooklyn-based Chris Pitsiokos Unit.

The bracing music of saxophonist and composer Chris Pitsiokos combines the lyricism of jazz and the go-for-broke intensity of extreme rock forms and noise with the attention to detail and abstraction of contemporary classical music. His audacious quartet steamrolls over the borderlines between prog complexity, punk attitude, and jazz virtuosity with breakneck intensity.

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Wednesday, February 20, 8pm
with Steve Baczkowski, saxophone; Brandon Lopez, bass; and Gerald Cleaver, drums

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Please join us for a performance by the Brandon Lopez Trio, featuring saxophonist Steve Baczkowski and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

Brandon Lopez is a bassist and composer working in the field of far-left musics, with a primary focus on improvisation. Since relocating to New York City not long ago, the Passaic, New Jersey native has become one of the most in-demand players of his generation, sharing the stage with such avant-garde visionaries as William Parker, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Lopez performs regularly with Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones and the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, along with groups led by Peter Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, and Joe Morris. He was the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room and the Van Lier Fellow at Roulette Intermedium.

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Sunday, February 24, 8pm
with Nate Wooley, trumpet + amplifier; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Susan Alcorn, pedal steel; and Ryan Sawyer, drums + vocals

Ruba Club, 416 Green Street
$18 General Admission

Please join us for the Philadelphia debut of trumpeter Nate Wooley’s new quartet Columbia Icefield, featuring Mary Halvorson, Susan Alcorn, and Ryan Sawyer.

Nate Wooley grew up in Oregon near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, which flows more than 1,200 from the Canadian Rockies through Washington and into the Pacific; the eclectic trumpeter saw the Columbia empty into the ocean nearly every day of his youth. Now, in the auspicious new quartet Columbia Icefield, he traces it back northeast to the massive geographic feature of the same name, the place where snowmelt and glacial collapse gives rise to the river. The quartet’s evocative songs—which move from confident rhythmic strut to near-pastoral drone, from drifting reverie to ghostly dissonance—convey a fitting sense of topography, of watching a landscape rise in plain sight.