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  • 10/27/2019 8:00 PM - 10/27/2019 8:00 PM
    Sunday, October 27
    8:00pm
    $20 General Admission
    Featuring
    • Deradoorian – flutes, electronics
    • Lea Bertucci – alto saxophone, tape machines, electronics
    Please join us for this very special drone-centric double-bill featuring Deradoorian and Lea Bertucci.
    Some imitate the past, while others divine inspiration and transmit it elsewhere. Angel Deradoorian embodies the latter idea, synthesizing faint hints of Alice Coltrane and Can, Terry Riley and Dorothy Ashby. As the former bassist, keyboardist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian’s levitating vocals memorably buoyed the Brooklyn-based group. Deradoorian has also been a member of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, sang on Flying Lotus’ “Siren Song,” and collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Björk, Matmos, the Roots, and others. Her first song collection, 2009’s Mind Raft EP, elicited praise from Pitchfork for being “passionate and lovingly crafted.” The Fader hailed her “zen weed energy” and “moody dervish spirals.” Her debut LP, The Expanding Flower Planet reflected a remarkable creative journey, while her latest, the entrancing and seismic Eternal Recurrence, is a testament to an artist who found new depths both within herself and in her process through allowing herself to be driven entirely by instinct.
    Lea Bertucci is a composer, performer and sound designer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. In addition to her instrumental practice with woodwind instruments, she often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental technique and tape collage. In recent years, her projects have expended toward site-responsive and site-specific sonic investigations of architecture. Deeply experimental, her work is unafraid to subvert musical expectation. Where her previous work investigated a variety of locations around the globe, her latest, Resonant Field, narrows her focus to one space in particular: the Marine A Grain Elevator at Silo City in Buffalo, New York. Bertucci’s goal was to excite and activate the massive, cavernous space, once active, noisy, loud, and filled with kinetic energy but now laying dormant as a silent, hulking concrete corpse.
  • 10/31/2019 8:00 PM - 10/31/2019 8:00 PM
    Sounds of Liberation feat. David Murray & Creative Arts Ensemble
    performing Drum Dance to the Motherland
    Thursday, October 31
    8:00pm
    $25 General Admission
    Featuring
    Sounds of Liberation
    • Monnette Sudler – guitar
    • Bill Mills – keyboards
    • Charles Veasley – bass
    • Dwight James – drums
    • Juan Diego – vibraphone
    • Omar Hill – percussion
    • David Murray – tenor saxophone
    Creative Arts Ensemble
    • Monnette Sudler – guitar
    • Charles Veasley – bass
    • Dwight James – drums
    • Juan Diego – vibraphone
    • Omar Hill – percussion
    • Chuck Treece – sound effects
    This Halloween, Ars Nova Workshop celebrates the groundbreaking, eclectic career of one of Philadelphia’s legendary jazz pioneers, the vibraphonist and composer Khan Jamal.
    Sounds Of Liberation was a band – and a social movement – formed in of the Germantown & Mt Airy neighborhoods of Philadelphia in 1970. Originally conceived and formed by Jamal, the arrival of Byard Lancaster in 1971 helped shift their focus and efforts into a higher gear, placing the ensemble at the forefront of avant-garde Black expression in the early 1970s. The group issued one self-released album, New Horizons, in 1972 on their own Dogtown label, before making a surprise return in 2019 with a long-lost 1973 session from Columbia University and an ANW-presented reunion of the band’s surviving members. They’ll return to the stage with one of their most iconic contemporaries, free jazz tenor powerhouse David Murray, as their special guest.
    Several members of Sounds of Liberation, including guitarist Monnette Sudler, drummer Dwight James and bassist Billy Mills, also convened as members of the Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble. The same year as New Horizons was released, the CAE’s mind-blowing performance at Philadelphia’s Catacombs Club was captured for Drum Dance to the Motherland, an extremely limited edition release on Dogtown before a long-overdue reissue in 2018 reintroduced the band’s genre-blurring sounds to the world. In its improbable fusion of free jazz expressionism, black psychedelia and full-on dub production techniques, this eccentric, one-of-a-kind masterpiece remains a bracingly powerful statement 45 years after it was recorded.
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