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  • Roscoe Mitchell-Moor Mother Duo
    8:00 PM
    10/01/2019

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    Master saxophonist and recent NEA Jazz Master Roscoe Mitchell is one of the great innovators in creative music of the post-Coltrane, post-Ayler era. He has for over 50 years been a restless explorer of new forms, ideas and concepts. In 1967 he founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago (originally the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble), a hugely influential collective whose motto – “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future” –  has been a rallying cry for adventurous artists for more than half a century. He is also distinguished as the founder of the Creative Arts Collective, The Roscoe Mitchell Sextet & Quartet, The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, The Sound Ensemble, The New Chamber Ensemble, and the Note Factory.
    Earlier this year the Art Ensemble celebrated its 50th anniversary with the release of a stunningly varied new album, We Are On the Edge, newly configured as a large ensemble. The title comes from the words of Philadelphia-based musician, poet and visual artist Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother. Ayewa has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Zonal (Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick and The Bug’s Kevin Martin), Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, MoorJewelry and 700bliss. Her debut album as Moor Mother, Fetish Bones, was met with widespread critical acclaim, named 3rd best album of the year by The Wire Magazine, #1 by Jazz Right Now, and has appeared on numerous end of the year lists from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine.
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  • Fred Frith Trio
    8:00 PM
    10/02/2019

    1201 N. Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA

    1201 N. Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA

    Wednesday, October 2
    8:00pm
    $20 General Admission
    Featuring
    • Fred Frith – guitar
    • Jason Hoopes – bass
    • Jordan Glenn – drums
    • Heike Liss – visual art
    Songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, keyboards, violin) and improviser Fred Frith needs little introduction to fans of adventurous music. The eclectic Englishman is a founding member of avant-rock pioneers Henry Cow, as well as being a member of such mind-warping bands as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Key, and John Zorn’s Naked City. He’s collaborated with a who’s who of inventive and experimental musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Derek Bailey, The Residents, Lol Coxhill, Brian Eno, Mike Patton, Lars Hollmer, Bill Laswell, Iva Bittová, Jad Fair, Kramer, the ARTE Quartett, and Bob Ostertag.
    The Fred Frith Trio teams the leader with a pair of gifted Bay Area musicians, bassist Jason Hoopes (OrkestRova, Scott Amendola) and drummer Jordan Glenn (Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra, tUnE-yArDs). The trio has released two albums on Intakt Records: Another Fucking Day in Paradise (2016, which All About Jazz described as a “hardcore off-centered delicacy;” and Closer to the Ground (2018), leading DownBeat’s Peter Margasak to describe the group as “a scrappy improvising trio.” For this rare Philadelphia appearance, the trio will be joined by live visual artist Heike Liss as well as a special surprise guest.
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  • Sarah Davachi / Matchess
    8:00 PM
    10/03/2019

    607 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

    607 Bainbridge St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

    Thursday, October 3
    8:00pm
    $15 General Admission
    As a composer and performer of electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi‘s work is primarily concerned with disclosing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity, temperament and intonation, and natural resonances.  The instrumentation she employs is varied, including piano, electric organ, pipe and reed organ, voice, tape-replay samplers, analog synthesizers, early western strings and keyboards, orchestral strings, brass, and woodwinds. Informed by minimalist tenets of the 1960s and 1970s, Baroque leanings toward slow-moving chordal suspensions, and experimental production practices of the studio environment, in her sound is manifest an experience that lessens apprehension of consonance and dissonance in likeness of the familiar and the distant. Davachi has toured extensively across the globe, sharing the stage with artists such as Grouper, the London Contemporary Orchestra, Arnold Dreyblatt, Donald Buchla, Aki Onda, ​ Oren Ambarchi, Loren Connors, and filmmaker Paul Clipson.
    Whitney Johnson is a musician, composer, and writer based in Chicago. She performs, improvises, and collaborates through the viola, as well as vocalization, organ, and electronics. In her solo work, Matchess, she considers the reproduction of sound and meaning through a range of historical material processes, including reel-to-reel tape looping, cassette tape sampling, and field recording. With the limited palette of a 1960s Ace Tone organ, viola, an analog drum machine, and voice, she crafts a sound collage of transient songs on a bed of droning ambient noise. She has recently collaborated in improvised and composed settings with Circuit des Yeux, TALsounds (as Damiana), Gel Set (as Simulation), Couteau Sang (as Surfactant), Lia Kohl, Macie Stewart, Brett Naucke, Ryley Walker, Bitchin Bajas, Lea Bertucci, and Sarah Davachi. In tandem with her music practice, she received her doctorate in the sociology of sound from the University of Chicago, writing a dissertation on the cultural value of embodied sensory perception, particularly in the discipline of sound art.
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  • Makaya McCraven
    8:00 PM
    10/05/2019

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    416 Green Street Philadelphia, PA

    Saturday, October 5
    8:00pm
    $20 General Admission
    Featuring
    Makaya McCraven – drums
    Jeff Parker – guitar
    Luke Stewart – bass
    Joel Ross – vibraphone
    Makaya McCraven can best be described as a beat scientist. The cutting-edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process and intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), McCraven brilliantly moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven went on to develop his chops in Chicago and now represents a rising generation of globally-minded, genre-bending music makers as an artist as well as band leader. Through his unique, rarified performances and collaborations he unapologetically affirms our right to re-think and re-write the rules, any rules, and affirms other artists in their own exploratory evolutions.
    McCraven’s breakthrough album In the Moment was a dramatic statement by McCraven, with which he debuted a unique brand of “organic beat music” that quickly launched him into the vanguard of not only internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronic music. The album was named a “Best of 2015” selection for Los Angeles Times, Pop Matters, NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, and Apple Music, and hailed by Turntable Lab as “one of the most important recordings to date in the modern jazz world.”
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  • Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive
    7:00 PM
    10/06/2019

    230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

    230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Sunday, October 6
    7:00pm
    $25 General Admission
    Please join Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with Painted Bride Art Center, for the Philadelphia debut collaboration of Go: Organic Orchestra and the boundary-pushing Indian classical musicians of Brooklyn Raga Massive.
    Master percussionist, composer and bandleader Adam Rudolph has created the prototype for a “Future Orchestra” with his innovative Go: Organic Orchestra. On the remarkable new album Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas, the Orchestra joins forces with the boundary-pushing Indian classical musicians of Brooklyn Raga Massive, showcasing Rudolph’s game-changing vision by bridging ancient traditions and forward-looking excursions. The 30+-piece ensemble embraces diverse cultures, genders, traditions, generations and voices to create a breathtaking original sound that invents a communal way forward while reverberating with echoes of the recent and ancient past. Drawing parallels with another groundbreaking and singular epic, Ragmala has already been referred to as a “Bitches Brew for the 21st century.”
    An eclectic visionary with a globe-spanning imagination, Rudolph has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by the New York Times, having performed with Don Cherry, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Muhal Richard Abrams, Shankar, Wadada Leo Smith, Philip Glass, Jon Hassel and others, touring and recording extensively for 25-years with the legendary Yusef Lateef. Continually evolving over the past two decades, Go: Organic is an ensemble boundless in myriad senses; in its range of influences, its adaptability, its scale, its potentiality and most importantly its imagination. With its open, inclusive spirit, Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) has been making waves in the music world by bringing Indian Classical music into new territory, collaborating with minimalist composers, Afro-Cuban maestros and jazz legends. In this illuminating collaboration, the two already awe-inspiring groups merge into a boundary-blurring sonic experience.
    Featuring
    Brooklyn Raga Massive
    • Bill Jay Gandhi – bansuri
    • Arun Ramamurthy – violin
    • Samarth Nagarkar – vocals
    • Neel Murgai – sitar, overtone singing
    • Sameer Gupta – tabla
    • David Ellenbogen – el. guitar
    • Abhik Mukherjee – sitar
    • Mari Tanaka – tanpura
    Go: Organic Orchestra
    • Kaoru Watanabe – c flute, fue, noh kan
    • Michel Gentile – c flute
    • Sylvain Leroux – tambin, c flute
    • Ze Luis – c + alto flute
    • Mariano Gil – bass flute
    • Avram Fefer – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
    • Ned Rothenberg – bass and contrabass clarinet, soprano saxophone
    • Ivan Barenboim – b flat clarinet
    • Trina Basu – violin
    • Gwen Laster – violin
    • Jake Charkey – cello
    • Leco Reis – contrabass
    • Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn kudu horn, bamboo vaccine
    • Stephen Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn, solo alto, pocket trumpet, didgeridoo, conch, kudu horn
    • Peter Zummo – trombone, didgeridoo, conch, kudu horn
    • Libby Schwartz – French horn
    • Mia Theodoratus – harp
    • Marco Cappelli – acoustic guitar
    • Kenny Wessel – electric guitar
    • Alexis Marcelo – keyboards
    • Damon Banks – electric bass
    • Harris Eisenstadt – bata (iya, itotele, okonkolo), percussion
    • Rogerio Boccato – caxixi, mineiro, temple blocks, bells, wood box surdo and percussion
    • Hamid Drake – drum kit, okonkolo, percussion
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  • George Crumb: Out of Darkness
    8:00 PM
    10/10/2019

    3680 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

    3680 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

    George Crumb: Out of Darkness
    Arcana New Music Ensemble
    ZEITGEIST: GEORGE CRUMB AT 90 – NIGHT 1
    A collection of George Crumb’s most evocative music performed by Philadelphia’s Arcana New Music Ensemble. The program features the haunting setting Apparition, with texts drawn from Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” and all four books of Madrigals with text by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.

    PROGRAM
    Dream Sequence (Images II) (1976)
    Molly Germer, violin
    Eric Coyne, cello
    Alyssa Resh, percussion
    David Hughes, piano
    Mundus Canis (A Dog’s World) (1998)
    Jordan Dodson, guitar
    Andy Thierauf, percussion
    Apparition (1979)
    Alize Rozsnyai, soprano
    David Hughes, piano
    Eleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes I) (1965)
    Molly Germer, violin
    Anthony Bob, alto flute
    Andrew Moses, clarinet
    David Hughes, piano
    Madrigals, Book I – IV (1965, 1969)
    Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano
    Nicholas Handahl, flute
    Elizabeth Steiner, harp
    Andy Thierauf, percussion
    Davi Ciriaco, double bass

    ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
    Bowerbird, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music, and the Annenberg Center are pleased to present Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90, a three concert festival celebrating more than seventy years of music by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Crumb. Crumb’s music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, ranging from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-Western musics. Many of Crumb’s works include programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements, which are often reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores. A shy, yet warmly eloquent personality, Crumb retired from his teaching position at the University of Pennsylvania after more than thirty years of service. Honored by numerous institutions with honorary Doctorates, and the recipient of dozens of awards and prizes, Crumb makes his home just outside of Philadelphia, in the same house where he and his wife of more than sixty years raised their three children.

    This event is part of Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90
    Support for this project has been provided by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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  • George Crumb: Kosmos
    8:00 PM
    10/11/2019

    3680 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

    3680 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

    George Crumb: Kosmos
    Margaret Leng Tan & Adam Tendler
    ZEITGEIST: GEORGE CRUMB AT 90 – NIGHT 2
    Two major works for solo amplified piano, the zodiac-inspired Makrokosmos I and the more recent Metamorphoses, celebrate George Crumb’s unfettered imagination as he requires the pianist to be a virtuoso at the keyboard while playing inside the piano and vocalizing as well.

    PROGRAM
    Makrokosmos, Book I (1972)
    Adam Tendler, piano
    Metamorphoses, Book I (2015 – 2017)
    Margaret Leng Tan, piano

    ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
    Bowerbird, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music, and the Annenberg Center are pleased to present Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90, a three concert festival celebrating more than seventy years of music by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Crumb. Crumb’s music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, ranging from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-Western musics. Many of Crumb’s works include programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements, which are often reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores. A shy, yet warmly eloquent personality, Crumb retired from his teaching position at the University of Pennsylvania after more than thirty years of service. Honored by numerous institutions with honorary Doctorates, and the recipient of dozens of awards and prizes, Crumb makes his home just outside of Philadelphia, in the same house where he and his wife of more than sixty years raised their three children.

    This event is part of Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90
    Support for this project has been provided by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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  • George Crumb: Black Angels
    8:00 PM
    10/12/2019

    3680 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

    3680 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

    George Crumb: Black Angels
    Daedalus Quartet & friends
    ZEITGEIST: GEORGE CRUMB AT 90 – NIGHT 3
    The Daedalus Quartet performs Crumb’s Vietnam War-haunted Black Angels for amplified string quartet, “a work of frightening intensity, where Jimi Hendrix and Pierrot Lunaire shake hands with the devil.” A selection of Crumb’s early music rounds out the picture of this essential American artist’s lengthy career.

    PROGRAM
    Sonata for Solo Violoncello (1955)
    Thomas Kraines
    Four Nocturnes (1964)
    Min-Young Kim, violin
    Charles Abramovic, piano
    Three Early Songs (1947)
    Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
    James Primosch, piano
    A Little Suite For Christmas, 1979, A. D. (1980)
    James Primosch, piano
    Black Angels (1970)
    Daedalus String Quartet
    Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violins
    Jessica Thompson, viola, Thomas Kraines, cello

    ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
    Bowerbird, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music, and the Annenberg Center are pleased to present Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90, a three concert festival celebrating more than seventy years of music by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Crumb. Crumb’s music often juxtaposes contrasting musical styles, ranging from music of the western art-music tradition, to hymns and folk music, to non-Western musics. Many of Crumb’s works include programmatic, symbolic, mystical and theatrical elements, which are often reflected in his beautiful and meticulously notated scores. A shy, yet warmly eloquent personality, Crumb retired from his teaching position at the University of Pennsylvania after more than thirty years of service. Honored by numerous institutions with honorary Doctorates, and the recipient of dozens of awards and prizes, Crumb makes his home just outside of Philadelphia, in the same house where he and his wife of more than sixty years raised their three children.

    This event is part of Zeitgeist: George Crumb at 90
    Support for this project has been provided by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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  • Laraaji with Chris Powell
    8:00 PM
    10/18/2019

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    Philadelphia-born, New Jersey-raised polymath Laraaji has maintained a pursuit of spiritual transcendence through music since the mid-70s. After several years of studiously developing an aesthetic informed by Eastern faiths and transcendental research in his long-time home in Harlem, in 1979 Brian Eno stumbled upon him busking in Washington Square Park in New York, improvising celestial meditations with his electric zither. The producer invited him to contribute to his influential Ambient series, resulting in the 1980 album Day of Radiance. Ever since he’s remained an outsized figure in new age and ambient music, eschewing synthesizers in favor of hand-made sounds, consistently embracing a human presence in his ever-seeking performances. Whether using monochord instruments, singing, or deploying electronics-kissed percussion, Laraaji’s music remains connected to cosmic African-American tradition, and as hypnotically beautiful as his work has been he’s never been afraid to inject ripples of tension and dissonance into his trance-inducing journeys.
    Philadelphia’s Christopher Sean Powell is well known for his involvement in art- rock bands like Need New Body, Man Man, and Icy Demons, but over the years he’s also developed a vibrant modular synthesizer practice. His pieces are at once whimsical and mesmerizing, a playful tumble of pointillistic counterpoint where cascades of blorpy tones coalesce into entrancing melodies.
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  • Gerald Cleaver/Frode Gjerstad/Brandon Lopez Trio
    8:00 PM
    10/22/2019

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    Gerald Cleaver:
    Drummer Gerald Cleaver, born and raised in Detroit, is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. He has performed or recorded with a wide variety of artists: Roscoe Mitchell, Tommy Flanagan, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Eddie Harris, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joe Morris, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, David Torn and Miroslav Vitous, among others. Cleaver currently leads the bands Violet Hour, Black Host, Uncle June and Farmers By Nature with Craig Taborn & William Parker.
    Frode Gjerstad:
    Frode Gjerstad (saxophones & clarinet) has for many years declared his enthusiasm towards small line-ups, and especially trio. With over 120 recordings as a leader he has established himself as a major saxophonist on the international scene. His trios have included strong drummers and bass players such as John Stevens, Hamid Drake, Rashied Bakr, Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter, William Parker and Paal Nilssen-Love.
    Brandon Lopez:
    Bassist Brandon Lopez is a musician who deals with improvised and composed music (if one likes to make a distinction). His work as been praised as “brutal” and “relentless”. He’s worked beside many of experimental music’s luminaries; Jooklo Trio, Nate Wooley, Sun Ra Arkestra, Ashley Fure, Okkyung Lee, Gerald Cleaver, Ingrid Laubrock, Tony Malaby, Tyshawn Sorey, Bill Nace, Steve Baczkwoski, Chris Corsano, and many others. He was the 2018 Artist in Residence at Issue Project Room and a Van Lier Fellow at Roulette Intermedium. In September 2018 he was featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic.
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  • Arthur Brooks Ensemble V
    8:00 PM
    10/24/2019

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

    Co-presented with Clavius Productions.
    Trumpeter-composer ARTHUR BROOKS is one of the unsung heroes of the new music. In his 40+ year career he has collaborated with such legendary figures as Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Sonny Sharrock, Alan Silva, and Frank Wright among others. For over 20 years he taught alongside Dixon in the Black Music Division at Bennington College. Brooks founded Ensemble V at Bennington College in 1973 and the music has continued to evolve. Though Brooks is technically the leader and creator — or perhaps curator — of Ensemble V, he emphasizes that the band is a democracy. “Everybody’s a leader. And everybody has big ears. We find ourselves in areas that I would like to take home and develop and write, but I wouldn’t want to limit what we’re going to do.” For this performance, he’ll be joined by Jeremy Harlos – bass; Bill Heminway – trumpet & flugelhorn; Anthony Santor – bass and Matt Weston – percussion.
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