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Friday, September 2 // 8:00 pm

Ars Nova Workshop Presents Icepick

$15 General Admission

$13.50 PAA Members (at-door ticket purchases only)


Nate Wooley, trumpet
Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten, bass
Chris Corsano, drums



Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of Icepick, the new trio featuring prolific improvisers Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten and Chris Corsano.


Bringing together three of the most venturesome and imaginative musicians in modern creative music, Icepick crafts epic-scale, wide-ranging improvisations that draw on its members’ extensive experience across the gamut of styles and approaches. The two pieces on the group’s debut cassette release, Hexane (Astral Spirits), veer between Ayler-esque free jazz combustion and richly detailed textural constructions, while their follow-up, Amaranth, builds on that foundation, with the trio sculpting pointed and succinct songs out of free jazz improvisations.


In his review for Dusted magazine, Bill Meyer said, “These players are equally adept at wild man freak-outs, severely hushed textural examinations, and the unstable zone in between, and they make full use of the freedom inherent in such a wide range of possibilities.”


Nate Wooley has become recognized for his equally virtuosic and subversive approach to the trumpet through his own solo and ensemble work as well as collaborations with John Zorn, Ken Vandermark, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Evan Parker and Anthony Braxton, among many others. Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten maintains a dizzyingly hectic schedule as a member of the groups Atomic, The Thing and Scorch Trio, as well as maintain long-running associations with the likes of Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. Drummer Chris Corsano is best known for his 15-year partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty, but has also worked with Nels Cline, Björk, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, and with the bands Sunburned Hand of the Man and Rangda.


For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Ars Nova Workshop website.


Friday, September 9 // 6:30 to 8:30 pm

JheeSha Productions in Collaboration with Sam Interrante Presents Balance. vb: to balance. Offset or compare the value of one thing with another


Balance. vb: to balance. Offset or compare the value of one thing with another

JheeSha Productions in Collaboration with Sam Interrante
Choreography by Jin Won, Music Mix by Jomy George
Part of the 2016 Fringe Festival


is a kathak dance performance and photography exhibition telling the stories of the challenges faced in today’s society and the struggle to balance it all. Our goal is to bring the classical dance form of Kathak to an audience that might not typically seek out this form of dance. We do this by fusing the dance form with other dance genres that could be considered less “fringe” and more “mainstream.” We are first time Fringe performers and we are thrilled at the opportunity to take part in the festival with so many other artists.




For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Fringe Festival website


Sunday, September 11 // 8:00 PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents Patrick Zimmerli Quartet

$20 General Admission

$18 PAA Members (At-door ticket purchases only)

Patrick Zimmerli Quartet

Patrick Zimmerli, tenor saxophone
Ethan Iverson, piano
Chris Tordini, bass
John Hollenbeck, drums


Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Patrick Zimmerli Quartet, performing the Philadelphia premiere of a new work for the saxophonist/composer with pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer John Hollenbeck.


Based in both New York City and Paris, saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli bridges jazz and contemporary classical music. His newest piece, “Clockworks,” was supported by a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant and assembles a quartet of musicians who are each genre-blurring composers in their own right. Zimmerli describes the piece as being “about scales of time: time within a beat, within a phrase, a movement, a piece, and within an oeuvre, over a span of decades… More generally, the piece is about what it has been like to live in a changing society from the late eighties through the present.” The program will also feature a selection of early work by Zimmerli, whose Aspects of Darkness and Light, an evening-length suite for saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Scott Colley, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, will be released by Nonesuch in early 2017.


“Zimmerli’s own compositions,” writes Frank J. Oteri in New Music Box, “prove that a musical goldmine can result when minimalist compositional processes are subjected to improvisational whimsy.”


That combination seems tailor-made for Zimmerli’s quartet. In addition to the composer/leader, whose work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and the SFJazz Center as well as at concert halls in London, Paris, Brazil and Vienna, the band features pianist Ethan Iverson, who has played the music of everyone from Stravinsky to David Bowie as well as his own eclectic compositions as co-founder of The Bad Plus; bassist Chris Tordini, who has toured and recorded with Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory and projects led by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey and trombonist/composer Michael Dessen; and drummer John Hollenbeck, renowned for his inventive writing for his Large Ensemble and Claudia Quintet.


For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Ars Nova Workshop website.


Friday, September 23 // 8:00 to 10:00

Imaginary Music from the Philadelphia Electro-Acoustic Duet (PhEAD)


Imaginary Music

Andrew Litts & Ryan Olivier (PhEAD)



Imaginary Music is a concert for the eyes and ears. Mixing live-performance, imagery, and technology, Andrew Litts and Ryan Olivier (the Philadelphia Electro-Acoustic Duet, “PhEAD”) present their own works along side new multimedia arrangements of Morton Feldman’s “Palais de Mari” and Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music.”



Inspired by the their love of contemporary music and the cognitive potentials of new media, Andrew Litts and Ryan Olivier formed the Philadelphia Electro-Acoustic Duet (PhEAD) in 2016 with the goal of sharing their music and the music that inspires them in new and engaging formats. Individually their works have been featured at various festivals and conferences, including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Conference in the United Kingdom, the Punto y Raya Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology in Taiwan. Additionally their individual works have been performed by the Network for New Music, the Momenta Quartet, Blair McMillen, the Relâche Ensemble, the Cygnus Ensemble, ensemble39, the Glaux Trio, and members of Nonsemble 6, in addition to being featured in Philadelphia film festivals. This show is their first combined effort to present their works in an evening-length format.


For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Fringe Festival website.


Friday, September 30 // 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Liebesfreud Final Friday Concert


Liebesfreud Final Friday Concert Series at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Geoffrey Michaels & Philip Kates, violins
David Giles, viola ~ Charles Forbes, cello


The Philadelphia-based Liebesfreud is an ensemble devoted primarily to the performance of great literature for the string quartet. The name, meaning Love’s Joy, is best known as that of a heartfelt piece by beloved violinist Fritz Kreisler. The main focus of Liebesfreud’s work is the “heart” of the classical repertoire, such as is offered in programs of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in the Kimmel Center's “Free in the Plaza” series, on our “Last Fridays” series at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and, since 2003, in the ensemble's annual “Beethoven's Birthday” celebrations at the Trinity Center for Urban Life.


For additional information, visit the Liebesfreud website.

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