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Sunday, February 26 // 8 PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents The Necks

$25 General Admission

$20 PAA Members (at the door purchases only)

The Necks

Chris Abrahams, piano
Lloyd Swanton, bass
Tony Buck, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is honored to present the return of  legendary Australian trio The Necks, following one of 2016’s most compelling and captivating concerts.

The Los Angeles Times writes, “A magic act masquerading as a piano trio, this Australian group delivers long-form improvisations that shift with such patient beauty that it casts a bit of a trance.”

The Necks convened in the mid-80s as a joint endeavor between three first-class improvisers from the Sydney scene—pianist Chris Abrahams, drummer Tony Buck, and bassist Lloyd Swanton. The project’s methodology could be compared to that of op artists like Bridget Riley or Richard Anuszkiewicz, whose paintings arrange static shapes and contours into illusory patterns that seem to defy the laws of physics. Over the course of eighteen albums, the Necks’ glacial meditations on deceptively simple musical themes reveal more on closer inspection. The Guardian writes, "Like seeing a world in a grain of sand, The Necks permit us to hear a whole new world of music in a sliver of sound.”

Chris Abrahams (B. 1961, Sydney) made a name for himself in Australia as part of Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers in the 80s and as a close collaborator of Melanie Oxley’s in the 90s. Abrahams can currently be found in close playing partnerships with Australian composer Anthony Pateras, German percussionist Burkhard Beins, and Italian laptop composer/linguistic deconstructionist Alessandro Bosetti.

Apart from the Necks, Lloyd Swanton (B. 1960) is best known in Australia as the leader of the long running, hard-flowing collective the Catholics, which has received multiple ARIA Award nominations (Australian Grammys). For fourteen years, Lloyd Swanton hosted Mixed Marriage, a popular program on Eastside Radio in Sydney that examined cross-sections of jazz and other musical styles.

Tony Buck (B. 1962, Sydney) is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, having been involved in a diverse array of projects including Japanese trio PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki. Tony has played, toured or recorded with, among others, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, The Little Red Spiders, Clifford Jordan, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, and Ground Zero.

For more information and to purchase tickets, see the Ars Nova Workshop website.

Tuesday, April 4 // 7:30

Classical Concert Series – Jasper String Quartet

Tickets: Adults $20 and Students $10, PAA Members $17.50

 Jasper String Quartet
J Freivogel, violin I
Sae Chonabayashi, violin II
Sam Quintal, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello


The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to announce the rescheduled date for the performance of the Jasper String Quartet on April 4. Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

The Jaspers perform pieces emotionally significant to its members ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have commissioned string quartets from some of today’s best composers, including Aaron Jay Kernis, Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao and Annie Gosfield. At the PAA, they will present a program including works by Mozart, Mazzoli, and Dvorak.

Interviews may be scheduled through Jim McClelland at 215-925-2038 / jmmc34@comcast.net. Photos available on request. The series is made possible by a generous gift from the Jim McClelland Fund for the Performing Arts of the Philadelphia Foundation.

The PAA would also like to thank WRTI, our media partner.


Tickets for this performance will be available at the door.
Advance tickets are available online.


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