Saturday, March 28 // 8:00pm to 10:00pm
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
Thursday, April 9 // 8:00PM
$15 General Admission
The Philadelphia Art Alliance and Ars Nova Workshop are proud to present Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense.
In recent years, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson has been featured on three albums that were named #1 album of the year by The New York Times: alto saxophonist Steve Lehman's Travail, Transformation and Flow (Pi 2009), Steve Coleman and Five Elements' Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (Pi 2010) and David Virelles's Continuum (Pi 2012). A student of Steve Coleman, Finlayson “breathes fire, but displays finely honed command and control techniques while making every note count” (All About Jazz). Guitarist Mary Halvorson describes his sound as “razor clear and yet simultaneously vulnerable.”
Sicilian Defense is named for a chess opening move, and its abundant nooks and odd-metered beats mirror the complicated logic of a good match. Finlayson gets support from some of the best young jazz musicians on the scene: pianist David Virelles (Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner); guitarist Miles Okazakis (whose own album Generations was named to the NY Times' best of 2012 list); bassist Keith Witty (bandleader of Thieves); and drummer Damon Reid (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehman, Robert Glasper).
The ensemble's Moment and the Message was released by Pi Recordings in May 2013.
Friday, May 1 // 5:30PM to 6:30PM
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
$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.
Thursday, May 14 // 8:00PM
$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.