- 1212.July.Fridayhttp://avantphilly.com/event/lau-nau-special-guests-jeffrey-alexander/The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
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.
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. 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).
- 1313.July.Saturdayhttp://avantphilly.com/event/charlemagne-palestine/St. Mary’s Church3916 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.
- 1818.July.Thursdayhttp://avantphilly.com/event/feel-the-love-happy-hour/The Trestle Inn339 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.
- 1919.July.Fridayhttp://avantphilly.com/event/john-zorns-simulacrum/Ruba Club416 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.
- 2020.July.Saturdayhttp://avantphilly.com/event/crompton-sloan-duo-w-blacksberg-rosen-suarez-robin-meeker-cummings/The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop713 North 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
Saturday, July 20th
Doors 7PM, Music 7:30PM, all over by 10!
Crompton/Sloan – A fantastic duo comprised of Peter Sloan (trombone) coming from San Diego, and Jeff Crompton (alto sax) from Atlanta!
Blacksberg/Rosen/Suarez – a Philadelphia-based trio of Dan Blacksberg (trombone), Ben Rosen (keys), and Leo Suarez (drums)
Robin Meeker-Cummings – Solo electronics! Robin is a composer from Philadelphia, now based in Boston.