Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Thursday, June 13, 8pm
SUN RA ARKESTRA
+ SOUNDS OF LIBERATION
+ ELI KESZLER
Marshall Allen 95th Birthday Celebration
& Record Release Celebration
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden
$20 General Admission / $100 VIP Tickets*

The Sun Ra Arkestra has been hailed as one of the greatest big bands of all time, and their maestro Marshall Allen will be celebrating his 95th birthday this year! In celebration, Ars Nova Workshop is presenting the Arkestra on a double-bill with another legendary Philadelphia collective, Sounds of Liberation.

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Friday, June 14, 8pm
DAVID MURRAY / KAHIL EL’ZABAR DUO
David Murray – reeds
Kahil El’Zabar – drums + percussion
Ruba Club, 416 Green Street
$20 General Admission

Nearly a year to the date from their last sold-out Philadelphia appearance, David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar return to deliver a mesmerizing set of what has been described as “freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the propaganda of fear currently poisoning our culture.”

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Friday, July 19, 8pm
JOHN ZORN’S SIMULACRUM
John Medeski – organ
Matt Hollenberg – el. guitar
Kenny Grohowski – drums
Ruba Club, 416 Green Street
$20 General Admission

The most extreme organ trio ever, Simulacrum is yet another wild direction from maverick composer John Zorn, who continues to explore new worlds and new ensembles into his sixth decade. Passionately performed by the unusual all-star trio of John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Matt Hollenberg (Cleric), and Kenny Grohowski (Abraxas), this is powerful and fascinating music. Described as Tony Williams’ Lifetime on steroids, the group performs dramatic through-composed pieces that unfold with a cinematic logic. This genre bending music defies classification, touching upon metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, noise and more. White hot burning intensity from the mind of downtown NY’s eternally youthful hell-raiser performed by a virtuoso trio forged from the worlds of jazz and metal.

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DREAMWEAPONS: A Musical Afterlife of Tony Conrad
Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. Conrad was a central figure in numerous experimental film, music, and performance communities from the early 1960s until his death in 2016. These events are presented in conjunction with ICA’s presentation of “Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective,” the first large-scale museum survey devoted entirely to the artist.

Tuesday, June 18, 7pm
JENNIFER WALSHE
+ LARY 7’S “OWL MOVIE”
Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street
Free Admission

Thursday, June 27, 8pm
HEVM [MV Carbon, Eve Essex, and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix]
+ DAVID GRUBBS
Ruba Club, 416 Green Street
$10 General Admission

Saturday, July 13, 8pm
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE
St. Mary’s Church, 3916 Locust Walk
Free Admission

Sunday, July 21, 3pm
MICHAEL MORLEY’S MUSIC OF THE NEVER QUARTET
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Free Admission