The Vancouver Jazz Fest happens this week and appear to be putting all of their outside shows in the same place:
Motif and Håvard Wiik Trio
Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Sweden featuring François Houle and Mats Gustafsson 12
Alexander von Schlippenbach “Monk’s Casino”
Trio Braam De Joode Vatcher with Gustafsson / F. Houle and Alexander von Schlippenbach
Taylor Ho Bynum Trio and Fisk / Gestrin / Granelli
N. Mitchell / Plimley / Léandre / Ho Bynum and Horvitz / N. Mitchell / Lee / van der Schyff
Sylvain Kassap Quartet and Léandre / N. Mitchell / Lee / van der Schyff
Félix Stussi 5 & Ray Anderson and ESQ
Trio M (Myra Melford / Mark Dresser / Matt Wilson) and Ilmiliekki Quartet
More evidence that live avant music is becoming more common, at least in big cities. The founder of Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop is interviewed on his series’ apparent artistic success.
Christman founded Ars Nova Workshop in 2000. The nonprofit group organizes performances of old and new experimental music. In the coming months, he’ll be creating a record label to get the performances from the past decade out to the wider world of jazz lovers. Tonight, a full house has assembled at World Café Live to hear the music of Julius Hemphill. Hemphill created some cutting edge experimental music in the 1970s and 80s.
Jazz, avant garde, progressive or experimental music, whatever you call it, it’s not for everybody, though there are plenty of people in Philadelphia interested in listening to and playing this music. Starting in intimate venues nine years ago, Ars Nova has moved to spaces that can accommodate up to 400 people. And that activity is reverberating among artists, with more creative collaborations springing up.