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Thursday, March 5 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Renga Ensemble

$15 General Admission

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to welcome Ars Nova Workshop as they present the Philadelphia debut of the Renga Ensemble.

The brainchild of clarinetist and composer James Falzone, this ensemble takes both its name and its concept from a centuries-old form of collaborative Japanese poetry in which two or more poets produce a single meditative work.  Falzone’s vision is “designed to celebrate the clarinet’s breadth of sonic possibilities” (Chicago Music). To that end, he is joined by fellow Chicagoans Ken Vandermark, Keefe Jackson and Jason Stein, the Bay Area’s Ben Goldberg, and New York’s Ned Rothenberg.

MacArthur Fellow and jazz legend, Ken Vandermark leads many of his own ensembles in addition to past work with groups like the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet and Powerhouse Sound. Ben Goldberg, a former student of Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano, has worked with Zeena Parkins, Vijay Iyer, Myra Melford, and John Zorn, among others, and is the leader of several celebrated ensembles, including Tin Hat, the New Klezmer Trio, and the Ben Goldberg Quintet. Ned Rothenberg has collaborated with Evan Parker, Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Thomas Chapin, John Zorn, and many more. Jason Stein has performed with Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Rudi Mahall, and more. Keefe Jackson has worked with Anthony Coleman, Ab Baars, and Michael Moore, and regularly collaborates with Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, and other Chicago musicians.

The ensemble’s recording, The Room Is is due out on Falzone’s Allos Documents label in January 2015.

For tickets, click HERE.


Friday, March 13 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano Duo

$15 General Admission

This Philadelphia Art Alliance and Ars Nova Workshop are proud to present multi-instrumentalists Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano in this special duo performance.

Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late 1960s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. He continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany. During his Army stint, he was first introduced to traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton's Freedom and Unity, recorded in 1967 and released in 1969, was the first recording on which McPhee appears. In 1968, he began playing the saxophone and since has investigated a wide range of instruments (including pocket trumpet, clarinet, valve trombone, and piano), with active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

As a leader during that time, McPhee recorded Underground Railroad (CJR, 1969), Nation Time (CJR, 1970), and Trinity (CJR, 1971) featuring Philadelphia's Harold E. Smith and Mike Kull. These recordings were described by All About Jazz in 2012 as albums that “define a period of time, and will forever stand as monuments in the era of civil rights. These are pieces of music with critical artistic values that represent what it is to express freely, while in the shadows of oppression. It is art expressed in all its glory and greatness, and McPhee is its prophet.”

A regular performer at William Parker’s Vision Festival, McPhee has recorded or performed with a host of the avant-garde’s finest and most radical voices including Parker, Hamid Drake, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. His longstanding group, Trio X, with Dominic Duvall and Jay Rosen has released many albums, including Rapture (Cadence Jazz, 1998).

Voted on of the 100 greatest drummers of alternative music by Spin Magazine (2013), drummer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Corsano creates ferociously dense improvisational soundscapes, augmenting his drumkit with found objects, household devices, and other auxiliary percussion. Working at the nexus of free jazz and rock, He has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Bjork, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Jim O’Rourke, Wally Shoup, Bill Orcutt, Paul Dunmall, Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs of Admittance, and more. Since 1998, he has toured and recorded extensively with saxophonist Paul Flaherty. His 2012 solo outing Cut (Hot Cars Warp) was described by Tiny Mix Tapes as “[ceasing] to be about the drums as we normally think of them, instead being a personally expressive vehicle that can mass rhythms or present a variety of singing and scraping tones... deftly attuned to emotion and curiosity.”

In 2012, McPhee and Corsano released Scraps and Shadows (Roaratorio), a collection of seven duets dedicated to musicians influential to the two performers, including Fred Anderson, Paul Flaherty, Han Bennink, and Jim Pepper.

For tickets, click HERE.

Beyond The Wall Event

Sunday, March 15

Extended: Beyond The Wall Exhibition

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 11AM-5PM

Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 5PM

Join us as we extend the exhibition of Beyond The Wall, a new project by Eric Okdeh, presented in partnership with The Philadelphia MuralArts Program's Restorative Justice Department in the Carole and Joseph Shanis Programming Space, Third Floor, running now until March 15, 2015.


Friday, March 20 // 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival


The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and The Philadelphia Art Alliance invite you to when The Underground Film Forum #uff will meet.

The forum will be screening submissions from this years 2015 festival. Come for spirited screenings and discussion and take advantage of the Philadelphia Art Alliances wonderful restaurant and bar when the event wraps at 10pm.

Free of charge, donations accepted.

Festival passes will be available for sale.


Begins at 8:00 PM  ~ Ends Promptly at 10:00 PM


Friday, March 27 // 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.

~ Haydn: Early and Late ~

op. 20 no. 2 in C major
op. 76 no. 3 in C major "Emperor"

~ program length: about an hour ~

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