Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

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

Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. Tonight features the Philadelphia premiere of HEVM, the trio of MV Carbon, Eve Essex, and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix. David Grubbs, best known for his work with Gastr del Sol, opens.


Thursday, July 11, 8pm
Bill Orcutt – guitar
Chris Corsano – drums
$18 General Admission
Pageant: Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge Street

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the galvanizing duo of guitarist Bill Orcutt, founding member of infamous noise rockers Harry Pussy, and electrifying avant-garde drummer Chris Corsano.

The aggression and experimentation of Miami-based duo Harry Pussy, which featured Bill Orcutt on four-string guitar and vocals, proved to be highly influential on a generation of underground noisemakers, but Orcutt seemed to disappear after the band called it quits in 1997. The guitarist relocated to San Francisco, got a job in software engineering and went almost completely silent for the next decade and change. He reemerged in 2009 with the solo acoustic guitar album A New Way To Pay Old Debts. The overdue return was widely hailed, landing at #3 in The Wire’s Top 50 Release of the Year list and being acclaimed by Pitchfork for its “raw improvisations equally indebted to blues legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins and abstract experimenters like Derek Bailey.”

Orcutt has been on the road regularly ever since, releasing a string of solo albums on his own Palilalia imprint alongside collaborations with drummer Jacob Felix Heule, cellist Okkyung Lee, guitarist Bill Nace, Hayley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux, and Brazilian trio Chinese Cookie Poets. In 2012 he picked up the electric guitar once again, and began a raucous partnership with Chris Corsano.


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

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present Simulacrum, the prog-metal organ trio of Downtown alchemist composer, John Zorn.

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.