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Friday, May 1 // 5:30PM to 6:30PM

Liebesfreud “Last Fridays” Concert Series



The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to welcome Liebesfreud for another "Last Fridays" concert series.

~ ~ Program #70 ~ ~
Final installment in series of six op. 20 Haydn String Quartets

Haydn Quartet op. 20 no. 5 in F minor
Brahms Quintet op. 88 in F major

~ concert length: about an hour ~

*n.b. April's "Last Friday" (31st?!) rescheduled for May 1st

 ~ program length: about an hour ~


Saturday, May 9 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Tyshawn Sorey Trio

$15 General Admission

The Philadelphia Art Alliance and Ars Nova Workshop are proud to present the Tyshawn Sorey Trio.

Praised by the New York Times as one of “Five Drummers Whose Time is Now,” Tyshawn Sorey has played with artists like Vijay Iyer, Steve Colman, Steve Lehman and Myra Melford.  On Alloy (Pi 2014), his first recording as a leader since 2011, Sorey “takes the jazz piano tradition as exemplified by Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Andrew Hill… and extends the continuum to include compositional influences from classical music.” Though as a sideman Sorey is known for “his impossibly virtuosic technique, mixing rapid-fire playing with power and tumultuous eruptions,” his own compositions take a more pensive tone, infusing formal classical composition with space for improvisation.

The other members of the trio have long histories of performing Sorey’s compositions.  Pianist Cory Smythe, praised by the Washington Post for “the ferocity and finesse of his technique,” has worked with John Zorn, Peter Evans, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, and Anthony Braxton, and has released his own solo album, Pluripotent. Bassist Tordini is best known for his work in Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory, the Claudia Quintet, and work with Greg Osby, Jeremy Belt, Ari Hoenig and Steve Lehman.

Alloy was released on Pi Recordings in October 2014.

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Thursday, May 14 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: David Torn

$15 General Admission

The Philadelphia Art Alliance and Ars Nova Workshop are proud to present this special performance by influential guitarist and producer David Torn.

David Torn (a.k.a. "splattercell") is a film composer, texturalist, guitarist, and produce of international stature, renowned for his unique musical voice which seems to span a broad range of idioms and styles. His characterful and compositionally textural work has had material impact and influence upon both film scoring - through his own scores, in addition to his creative contributions to the scores of Carter Burwell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Howard Shore, Mark Isham, and others - and, generally, upon contemporary electric, electro-acoustic and electronic music. Torn's creative contributions have also graced the works of other musical artists-of-note as diverse as David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Sting, David Sylvian, John Legend, Tori Amos, Tim Berne, Madonna, Jan Garbarek, Jarboe, Manu Katché, Laurie Anderson, Don Cherry, Tony Levin, Dave Douglas, and many more. Torn was educated by Leonard Bernstein ("Music for Young Composers"), and privately by John Abercrombie, Pat Martino, Paul Weiss & Arthur Basile.

In 2015, Torn returns with only sky, an album that explores the far sonic edges of what one man and a guitar can create, a solo recording of almost orchestral atmosphere. It is Torn’s first ECM release since 2007’s acclaimed prezens, a full-band project, with Tim Berne, et al., that Jazzwise described as “a vibrating collage full of shimmering sonic shapes, a dark, urban electronic soundscape – a potent mix of jazz, free-form rock and technology that is both demanding and rewarding.” Many of those same descriptors apply to only sky, with its hovering ambient shadows and vaulting flashes of light, its channeling of deep country/blues memories and Burroughsian dreams of North Africa. Recorded in the acoustically apt hall of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in upstate New York (and then added to and manipulated in Torn’s own mad-scientist lair), only sky is an album to get lost in, over and again.

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Saturday, May 23 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Spectral

$15 General Admission

The Philadelphia Art Alliance and Ars Nova Workshop are pleased to present Spectral.

Spectral consists of Chicago saxophonist and producer Dave Rempis, Bay Area trumpet maestro Darren Johnston, and saxophonist Larry Ochs, best known for his work with the groundbreaking Rova Saxophone Quartet. Formed in the fall of 2011 for a performance at Oakland’s Uptown Lounge, the trio released their self-titled debut in May 2014 on Aerophonic records. Thier music has been described as “improvised carpentry, making elegant constructions out of each horn’s complete range of sounds, both customary and unexpected” (Chicago Reader).

Rempis, a long-time member of the famed Vandermark Five, is a member of a number of Chicago-based groups, including the Engines, Rempis/ Rosaly Duo, Ballister, and Wheelhouse. He also performs and tours with Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, Resonance Project, and the Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Quintet. He has performed with Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell,  John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, Tony Buck, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named three times in the annual Downbeat Critics’s Poll as a rising star in both the alto and baritone saxophone categories.

Larry Ochs has been performing with ground-breaking San Francisco-based Rova Saxophone Quartet along with John Raskin, Bruce Ackley, and Steve Adams since 1978. In 2007, Ochs began the band called Kihnoua, inspired by Korean improvised music, with compositions by Ochs. This band features Dohee Lee on vocals and Scott Amendola on drums and electronics, and has featured artists such as Joan Jeanrenaud, Okkyung Lee, Fred Frith, and Zeena Parkins. Over the years, he has worked with some of the finest in jazz and improvised music, including Mark Dresser, Miya Masaoka, Wayne Horvitz, William Winant, Dave Douglas, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, Ben Goldberg, and more. He also has served as the acting executive director of the non-profit organization “Rova:Arts” since its inception in 1986, and in that capacity has produced many large collaborative concerts in San Francisco and beyond.

Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter/composer/songwriter Darren Johnston has collaborated and recorded with an extremely diverse cross-section of artists, yet always finds ways to be true to his own unique voice in each context.  He has worked with artists such as Marcus Shelby, ROVA, Fred Frith, Myra Melford, singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero, traditional Balkan brass band Brass Menazeri, and more. He leads the award winning The Nice Guy Trio, The Darren Johnston Quintet, Broken Shadows, and more. Johnston was featured as one of Downbeat Magazine’s “25 Trumpeters for the Future,” and has been listed multiple times in the critic’s polls.

For tickets, click HERE.


Friday, June 12 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Nicole Mitchell / Tomeka Reid / Mike Reed Trio

$15 General Admission


Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Chicago-based trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed. As members of the AACM, the trio served on the organization's executive board from 2009-11, holding the positions of Chairperson, Treasurer and Vice Chairperson respectively. For this very special trio performance in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the AACM,  the trio dips into the extraordinary well of AACM music and furthers the organization’s motto, "Ancient to the Future."

Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator.  As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last four years (2010-2014). Mitchell’s music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler(Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works. Mitchell formerly served as the first woman president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. In recognition of her impact within the Chicago music and arts education communities, she was named “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts (2011) and has been commissioned by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art among many others. She is currently a Professor of Music, teaching in the "Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology," (ICIT) program at the University of California, Irvine.

Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka Reid has been described as "a remarkably versatile player," (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Ms. Reid predominantly finds herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble. Ms. Reid's music combines her love for groove along with freer concepts. Ms. Reid is an integral part of Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, and co-leads the internationally recognized string trio, Hear in Now with Italian bassist Silvia Bolognesi and New York violinist and vocalist Mazz Swift. She has worked with Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Jeb Bishop, Myra Melford, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mary Halvorson, Denis Fournier, Edward Wilkerson and Harrison Bankhead. Ms. Reid also leads her own trio featuring guitarist Matt Schneider and bassist Josh Abrams.

Mike Reed  is a Chicago-based musician, composer, drummer, and presenter. He has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997, performing regularly with local luminaries such as Fred Anderson, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, and Rob Mazurek, as well as Chicago Jazz legends Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester and Art Hoyle. Reed leads the widely acclaimed groups, Loose Assembly and People, Places & Things (22, touring extensively in Europe and South America. He was named Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz (2008) by the Chicago Tribune and was distinguished as a “Rising Star” in the 2009 Downbeat Critics Poll. As a fresh addition to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Reed was named Vice Chairmen in the spring of 2009. As an advocate for the performing arts, Reed also works with the City of Chicago as a member of the Chicago Jazz Festival planning committee, programing partner for the Downtown Sound series at Millennium Park. Reed is the Director of the internationally renown Pitchfork Music Festival.

For tickets click HERE

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