Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Sunday, March 24, 8pm
YoshimiO – drums
Susie Ibarra – drums + percussion
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – electronics
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$18 General Admission
Please join us for the Philadelphia premiere of Yunohana Variations, an engrossing new collaboration from three improvisational legends. Yunohana Variations brings together a trio of experimental luminaries, each of whom has built their own towering reputation on transgressing stylistic and performative boundaries: drummer and singer YoshimiO from the mighty Boredoms, avant-garde composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra, and singer and synthesizer master Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, known to many as Lichens.

Wednesday, March 27, 8pm
Mats Gustafsson – tenor & baritone saxophone + electronics
Johan Berthling – bass
Andreas Werliin – drums
Ruba Club, 416 Green Street
$15 General Admission
Fire! is the Swedish power trio of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin, formed in 2009 and drawing from free jazz, drone, and psychedelia and featuring members of The Thing, Tape, and Wildbirds & Peacedrums to meld ferocious improvisatory skronk with the slow-burning grooves of doom laden ‘70s rock. The group soon joined forces with Jim O’Rourke and Oren Ambarchi, touring and recording albums with each in 2011 and 2012, respectively, before assembling a 28-person ensemble from the spectrum of the Scandinavian avant-garde. The resulting Fire! Orchestra’s colossal jazz ranks among classics by experimental big band forebears like Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra or the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, the latter of which Gustafsson is a veteran. Fire!’s latest, 2018’s “The Hands”, returns the group to its original formation, with Gustafsson’s anguished sax slithering away atop a rhythm section possessed with the menace of Fun House-era Stooges. By turns delirious and elegant, after 10 years it is clear that Fire! have moved beyond their supergroup status to blaze a voice of their own. This will be their first-ever performance in Philadelphia.

Thursday, March 28, 8pm
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Monday, April 1, 8pm
JAJOUKA BARAKA (Master Musicians of Jajouka)
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue

Friday, April 26, 8pm
Ruba Club, 416 Green Street

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