Thursday, May 28 // 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Please join us for the Opening Reception of Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat!
As part of the 100th anniversary of the PAA, Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat is an exhibition that incorporates newly commissioned works by five Philadelphia-based design/build firms--Austin + Mergold, ISA, Moto Designshop, Plumbob, and Qb3--to create five separate but interrelated installations based on the history of the Wetherill mansion as well as the contemporary concept of the “house.” Each firm takes into account the ideological meanings associated with the history of domestic architecture, the original function of the building as a residence, and the physical features of the first and second floor galleries of the Art Alliance. The resulting installations are not an historical recreation of the building as a private home, but an interpretation of the concept of home—as a reflection of both social anxieties and desires—for a contemporary audience. Ultimately, the exhibition invites connections between design, architecture and conceptual art practices, bringing the usual assumptions of a design practice into the realm of installation art.
Support for Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat is provided by The Samuel S. Fels Fund, INTECH Construction, Drexel University, Saint-Gobain in North America, Stockton Real Estate Advisors, and Church Brick Company.
Additional support is provided by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and members of the PAA.
Friday, May 29 // 8:00pm-10:00pm
$15 General Admission
We are excited to announce a concert featuring the music of Philadelphia women composers. The first half of the concert features the music of six contemporary classical composers (Eleanor Aversa, Erica Ball, Jenny Beck, Julia Alford-Fowler, Rene Orth, and Alyssa Weinberg) who have written world premieres for amplified violin, viola, cello and electronics (to be performed by members of the Momenta Quartet). The second half of the concert features the music of composer-guitarist Monnette Sudler (to be performed by Monnette Sudler and local musicians including Leonard "Doc" Gibbs). Seating is limited!
Wednesday, June 10 // 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Philadelphia Art Alliance Presents:
“A Conversation on The Creative Landscape of Aging”
As part of The Philadelphia Art Alliance’s Centennial year programming, we proudly present “A Conversation on The Creative Landscape of Aging: Five Artists Share Their Thoughts and Experiences on Aging in the Arts”. This program serves as the first in a series of public conversations on contemporary craft and design in Philadelphia – as practiced by five well-known local artists and craftspeople who were interviewed for Judith Zausner’s recently published volume, The Creative Landscape of Aging. In the book, Zausner presents compelling essays that explore the power and grace of creativity and aging from an intimate perspective. This conversation at the Art Alliance connects the artists with one another and with audiences who share an interest in life-long creativity.
Joining Zausner on June 10 will be: sculptor Richard Blake, ceramist Barbara Hanselman, knotmaster Ed Bing Lee and fiber artist Yvonne Bobrowicz. The panel will take place in the Shanis programming space at The Philadelphia Art Alliance on June 10 at 6:00 PM where artists and author will share more insights on their experiences both as craft artists aging in American society. A brief Q & A session will follow.
Friday, June 12 // 8:00PM
$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.
Tuesday, June 16 // 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Eric Revis Trio.
One of the most talented and accomplished musicians of his generation, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis has, over the past 15 years, become an important voice in jazz. Revis has performed and recorded with Betty Carter, Peter Brötzmann, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Coleman, Ralph Peterson, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Cyrille, and Tarbaby (the experimental trio he tri-leads with Orrin Evans and Nasheet Waits). Manning the bass chair with Branford Marsalis’ powerfully flexible quartet since 1997, Revis has also recorded five brilliant albums as a leader. In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed, 2014), features a quartet well versed in the avant-garde: Bill McHenry on tenor saxophone, Darius Jones on alto and drummer/vibraphonist Chad Taylor, with Branford Marsalis guesting on two tracks. His bass playing on the record has been described as “not unlike that of Howlin’ Wolf, the legendary blues giant. It is the primal force of the voice and soul which is manifest, far from stylized sadness, loneliness and a smoldering longing” (All About Jazz).
Pianist-composer Kris Davis started playing piano at age 6, studying classical music through the Royal Conservatory in Canada. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano from the University of Toronto and attended the Banff Centre for the Arts jazz program in 1997 and 2000. The pianist received a Canada Council grant to relocate to New York and study composition with Jim McNeely, then another to study extended piano techniques with Benoit Delbecq in Paris. She holds a master’s in Classical Composition from the City College of New York, and she teaches at the School for Improvised Music. Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure” (JazzTimes). The New York Times writes of Davis, “Her playing uses space and tension and contrast; it always has an interior plan and doesn’t leap at you to show you how hip it is. It’s very open, but it comes with rules.” Her critically acclaimed group Capricorn Climber includes Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, Michael Formanek, and Tom Rainey. Davis has worked with Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, John Hollenbeck, and Mary Halvorson.
Gerald Cleaver, born in Detroit in 1963, began playing drums, trumpet, and violin at an early age. In his teens, he played with Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood. He earned a BA in music education from University of Michigan and, while there, won a National Endowment For The Arts Jazz Study Fellowship, which led to him studying with Victor Lewis. Upon graduation he taught in the music department at both his alma mater and Michigan State University. Over the years he has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Hank Jones, Matthew Shipp, Reggie Workman, Joe Morris, William Parker, and Ralph Alessi, to name only a few. In 2002, Cleaver's Veil of Names group, featuring Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn, and Reid Anderson, received a Best Debut Recording nomination from the Jazz Journalists Association for their album Adjust. In addition to his many other projects, Cleaver continues to work as a bandleader with Uncle June, Violet