Source: Ars Nova Workshop.
THURS., MARCH 23, 8PM
SUNKEN CAGES X DRAGONCHILD
Ars Nova Workshop presents a performance by two visionary artists dedicated to melding global and stylistic traditions. Ehtio-jazz ensemble Debo Band saxophonist Danny Mekonnen (dragonchild) and Indian-born drummer and electronic musician Ravish Momin (Sunken Cages) join forces at Solar Myth (1131 S. Broad Street) on March 23. Together, they create an exciting new global music that draws from their respective cultural backgrounds as well as contemporary electronic music – from Detroit Techno to South African Gqom. This is a seated show.
SUN., MARCH 26, 8PM
BILL ORCUTT’S “MUSIC FOR FOUR GUITARS”
Ars Nova Workshop presents “Music for Four Guitars,” a startlingly minimalist new composition by guitarist Bill Orcutt, founding member of infamous noise rockers Harry Pussy, at Solar Myth on March 26. For over a decade, Orcutt’s solo guitar music has tilted decidedly towards improvisation, while his fetish for relentless, grid-like composition has animated his electronic music. The long-in gestation “Music for Four Guitars” is the culmination of years ruminating on classical music, Captain Beefheart/Magic Band miniatures, and the strident minimalism of composers like Steve Reich. Though the album version features a quartet of overdubbed Orcutts, this performance boasts a remarkable line-up of modern six-string explorers: Orcutt, Shane Parish, Ava Mendoza, and Wendy Eisenberg. This is a standing show.
TUES., MARCH 28, 9PM
Ars Nova Workshop presents an evening with Mark Guiliana and his jazz quartet, with ticketed performances at 7pm and 9pm at Solar Myth on Tuesday, March 28. Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. These are seated shows. 7pm show is now SOLD OUT.
THURS., MARCH 30, 8PM
INGRID LAUBROCK & TOM RAINEY
Ars Nova Workshop presents the duo of renowned improvisers Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey at Solar Myth. Two of contemporary music’s most respected composer-improvisers, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey continue the evolution of their exploratory collaboration with this Philadelphia performance. The duo will be celebrating the release of their latest album, Counterfeit Mars, which draws on the several years and many projects they have shared since they began working together more than fifteen years ago.