Monday, November 30 // 8:00 PM
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome back Frode Gjerstad's all-Norwegian trio featuring special guest, trombonist Steve Swell.
“Gjerstad is a choice elicitor of out-of-the-ordinary elocutions, refusing gadgetry and reed-fueled bric-a-brac in favour of a strong sense of asymmetrical melody, trawling the improbable waters of curvilinear liberty in search of the most disparate notes, looking for composure while surrounded by havoc,” writes Paris Transatlantic Magazine about the Norwegian trumpeter and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. A powerful force on the Norwegian free-jazz scene, Gjerstad has worked with Evan Parker, Borah Bergman, Peter Brötzmann, Sabir Mateen, William Parker, Derek Bailey and Han Bennink. In 1984, Gjerstad founded the Circulasione Totale Orchestra, a large ensemble with a rotating personnel that has included leading experimental musicians such as Louis Moholo-Moholo and Lasse Marhaug.Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with artists as musically diverse Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. Paal Nilssen-Love, who has collaborated with Gjerstad since he was 15 years old, has worked with Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee and Mats Gustafsson. Johnny Ruun has worked with Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale Orchestra on numerous occasions. This new trio has thus far released three live recordings – MIR, East Of West andHideOut. The trio’s most recent release, At Constellation (Circulasion Totale, 2015) also features Swell.
Sunday, December 6 // 8:00 PM
Ars Nova Workshop is proud to present Peter Evans’ Zebulon Trio.
Named for the now-defunct Brooklyn club where they recorded a live album, the trio is comprised of Peter Evans on trumpet, John Hébert on bass, and Kassa Overall on drums. Evans, who the New York Times describes as “a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and texture,” has an expansive resumé, with solo albums, quartet, and quintet chops as well as his work with Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Mary Halvorson, Weasel Walter, Evan Parker, Okkyung Lee, Elliott Sharp, and many more. Louisiana native John Hébert has worked with musicians like Fred Hersch, Andrew Hill and Mary Halvorson, and as a bandleader on releases like 2009’s Byzantine Monkey. Kassa Overall’s history includes work with jazz, indie pop, and hip-hop artists including Geri Allen, Mayer Hawthorne, Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Das Racist, Wallace Roney, and many others, and in addition to percussion he’s also contributed to projects as a producer, rapper and singer.
Saturday, December 12 // 8:00 PM
ensemble’s grammar draws from personal experience, spirit, and language” (Tiny Mix Tapes). Michael Bisio has been performing regularly with Shipp in his trio and in duo contexts since 2009. He has collaborated extensively with Joe McPhee and Ivo Perelman, and has performed or recorded with Wayne Horvitz, Vinny Golia, Charles Gayle, Louis Belogenis, Karl Berger, and more.