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  • Lau Nau, Special Guests & Jeffrey Alexander
    8:00 PM
    07/12/2019

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    Lau Nau:
    Lau Nau is one of the more interesting names in the contemporary music scene in Finland. Her songs are imbued with a cinematic breadth of vision and her idiosyncratic, finely honed sound world builds on fragile, spectral otherness. She works using both acoustic and electronic instruments, from field recordings to analogue synthesizers, from vocals and traditional instruments to musique concrete and found objects.
    Besides of performing as Lau Nau, she composes, produces and performs music for new films, silent films, theatre, dance and sound installations. Her works have been nominated to various music prizes as Teosto-, Emma-, Jussi- and Femma prizes.
    Lau Nau’s first solo albums were released in the US (Locust music 2005 & 2008). The debut album, ‘Kuutarha’, won acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Dusted, with The Wire naming the LP in their top 50 albums of 2005, and citing her Philadelphia show of that year amongst “60 concerts that shook the world”. In 2017 Lau Nau’s 5th album “Poseidon” was released in three continents (Europe, USA, Japan). The album has garnered a wide acclaim across media and fans, won the main prize of Femma-gala and was nominated for the Emma prize.
    Lau Nau also performs in in Bye/Fredriksson/Kosminen/Naukkarinen and has a solo synth/violin project Subatlantti. She has been playing in various improv bands as IAX, Maailma, Hertta Lussu Ässä, Kiila, Avarus, the Anaksimandros, Päivänsäde, Kemialliset Ystävät, Chamellows and others.
    “Special Guests”:
    While there’s no denying they are special, the composition of this group is no secret. “Special Guests” are the unnamed/unnameable trio of Tara Burke (Fursaxa, etc), Brooke Sietinsons (Espers, etc) & Nathalie Shapiro performing homespun drone music with vocals, harmonium & guitar.
    Jeffrey Alexander:
    Jeffrey Alexander. Founding member of The Iditarod in 1996, BF/BS in 2003 and Dire Wolves in 2008. Joined JOMF in 2013. Former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records. Also toured with and featured on recordings by Kemialliset Ystävät (Finland), Avarus (Finland), Es (Finland), Fursaxa, Christina Carter, Gravenhurst (UK), Stefano Pilia-Andrea Belfi-Jeffrey Alexander Trio (Italy/USA).
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  • Charlemagne Palestine
    8:00 PM
    07/13/2019

    3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    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.
    Visual artist, composer, and performer Charlemagne Palestine has been an icon of American experimental music since the 1960s—in part due to his ritualistic physical performances, his silk scarves, and his more than 18,000 stuffed animals.
    As a teenaged card-carrying member of the New York counterculture, Palestine played conga and bongos for Allen Ginsburg, Kenneth Anger, and Tiny Tim. However, his early focus was carillon bells. During his tenure as a carillonneur at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Palestine met Conrad, when his improvisations on the bells caught Conrad’s ear. Soon Palestine was studying voice with Pandit Pran Nath and collaborating with Conrad, as well as a wide circle of artists, including Rhys Chatham, Terry Jennings, and  Simone Forti.
    Conrad and Palestine will be forever linked as two of the more independently-minded and humorous pioneers of minimalism, even as Palestine prefers to describe his approach as “maximalist” due to the intense nature of his compositions.Whether employing Bösendorfer piano, harpsichord, carillon bells, electronic drones, or organ, Palestine’s repetitive and physical approach to sound is intended to fully activate the voice of the instrument.
    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Palestine and Tony Conrad were frequent collaborators but did not formally team up for a release until three decades later. In 2005, the two mavericks performed together in Brussels on the same day that the Pompidou Center in Paris honored recently deceased French musique concrete composer Luc Ferrari. The resulting album, An Aural Symbiotic Mystery(Sub Rosa),remains true to its title.
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  • Feel The Love Happy Hour
    6:00 PM
    07/18/2019

    339 N. 11th St, Philadelphia PA 19107

    339 N. 11th St, Philadelphia PA 19107

    Come on feel the love! Feel The Love Happy Hour is bringing Ars Nova Workshop to The Trestle Inn to fundraise and friend-raise. 20% of all Happy Hour sales will be donated to Ars Nova Workshop.
    Wrapping up its 19th season, Ars Nova Workshop is a music presenter dedicated to expanding the profile of jazz, experimental, and new classical music throughout Philadelphia. Since its inception in 2000, Ars Nova Workshop has programmed over 900 shows—at venues you’ve been to and many places that you’d never dream you’d see a show in. We love bringing you the coolest musicians in the most surprising places! Come to Feel the Love Happy Hour to learn more!
    Featuring Feel the Love IPA brewed exclusively for The Trestle by Love City Brewing and Happy Hour Specials.
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  • John Zorn’s Simulacrum
    8:00 PM
    07/19/2019

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    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.
    One of the most well known keyboardists in the downtown scene, John Medeski has toured the world with the hugely successful band Medeski, Martin and Wood. He has also worked with artists as diverse as Phil Lesh, John Scofield, Iggy Pop, Dewey Redman and many others. He has been a mainstay in the work of John Zorn since the early 90s, and appears on no less than 25 of his CD projects. Brought up in a musical household in Miami, drummer Kenny Grohowski has been performing since the age of 14. He has worked with many artists, including Vernon Reid, Secret  Chiefs 3, Lonnie Plaxico, Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, Imperial Triumphant, Bill T. Jones, Cassandra Wilson, and others. A native of Philadelphia, guitarist/composer Matt Hollenberg is a founding member of the extreme metal band Cleric.
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  • Michael Morley’s Music for The Never Quartet
    3:00 PM
    07/21/2019

    118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    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.
    New Zealand-based artist and musician Michael Morley is best known as 1/3 of the Dead C, an enduring free rock unit that has pushed the proto- and post-punk templates to exhilarating points of disintegration for the past three decades. Morley has also recorded music as Gate, the Righteous Yeah, the F—k Chairs, Thin Wrist, and Sun Valley, as well as under his own name.
    In tribute to Four Violins, Tony Conrad’s landmark 1964 composition, Morley will present the 1-hour-plus installation Music for the Never Quartet: Composition for a quartet of bowed acoustic guitars, which explores the sonic possibilities of the acoustic guitar as a pure resonant amplifier of sound.
    In this project, four acoustic guitars are placed on solid wooden furniture, then electronic bows are placed upon the strings of each guitar. The guitar bodies amplify the bowed strings, which the furniture further amplifies, creating a lush and generous sound field. The quartet will modify the collective sound with the addition of wooden blocks, bowls, and rods placed atop and underneath the instruments.
    The audience is encouraged to move around the space so they can experience the sound from multiple vantage points. However, Morley explains that “remaining in one place allows for the shifting time signatures of the different vibrating strings to wash [over] the listener.” Concert-goers are also welcome to record the performance on their mobile devices to be played back as loops during the installation.
  • Rosie Langabeer and Experiments in Clay
    7:00 PM
    07/21/2019

    713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

    713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

    An evening of solos, duos, trios and a quartet!

    Rosie Langabeer:

    Hailed in the New York Times for her ability to time-bend Rosie Langabeer is an award-winning composer, improviser and band leader who specializes in evolutionary arts processes.

    Influenced by Sun Ra, Harry Partch and all those who embody an alternative to the oppressive confines of our post-colonial society, Langabeer’s inclination is to challenge preconceived rules about what music can do. She experiments with musical idioms, social conventions and music teaching practices in order to find new music, new methods, new ideas and new contexts for participation in music.

    A several-time Fire Museum musician, Langabeer has also performed all over the world including in Sri Lanka, Japan, New Zealand and across the USA. She has collaborated with choreographer Matthew Neenan, BalletX, Pig Iron Theatre, artists Maiko Matsushima and Neil Feather, musicians Friction Quartet, Josh Machiz, Gregg Mervine, Tara Middleton, Jeff Henderson and Motoko Kikkawa.

    Dan Blacksberg:

    Trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is one of the premiere practitioners of traditional klezmer on the trombone, and a rapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music.

    Neil Feather:

    Sound Mechanic Neil Feather has been creating radical and unusual musical instruments since 1970 and is increasingly known as one of the most original musical thinkers of his day. His instruments each embody uniquely clever acoustic and engineering principles, and are visually arresting. The music he plays on the instruments is equally original, embodying new principles and resulting in a nearly alien idiom of music.

    Neil Feather has been involved in Baltimore’s fertile and eccentric culture since moving there in 1985. He was a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation, a group committed to the presentation of experimental and improvised music. He has a long history of collaborative projects and solo concerts.

    Vlandria Westermygr:

    Vlandria Westermygr is an internationally renowned bassoonist currently based in the Faroe Islands. She arrives in Philadelphia after a 6 week tour of the DEW line on which she has been informally researching radar technology, polar bears and the effects of global warming on the cold war. Just as much a sonic adventurer in the realm of improvised music, she has played with the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Dutch Impro Academy in Amsterdam and Vitamin-S in Auckland. Just when she thought she was out, classical music pulls her back in. She has played in orchestras in North America, the UK and New Zealand. A world-class rarity of a musician, dont miss this opportunity to see such an accomplished bassoonist improvise the hell out of music.

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  • Jaimie Branch and Sebastian Petsu
    8:00 PM
    07/28/2019

    5th and Market Street Philadelphia PA 19106

    5th and Market Street Philadelphia PA 19106

    JAIMIE BRANCH
    A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds,” says The New York Times, and for “sucker punching” crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Branch’s work as a composer and a producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio and Spoon, is all on display in her debut record Fly or Die – a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits.
     
    SEBASTIAN (DARKLY) PETSU
    Sebastian (Darkly) Petsu makes sound art centered on live manipulation of cassettes, the components used to play them, and controlled microphone feedback. In his sonic work. he aims to create a combined sense of pulsing, swirling, and growling. For this event, Sebastian will be combining soundscaping with the dry-witted narration that has become his trademark as host of the Double Decker Music Series.
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