Media relations for Philadelphia’s leading nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenter
Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia’s leading nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenter, announces two special weekend concert series in Spring 2011. Featuring the work of Fieldwork and Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, the concerts take an in-depth look at the work of two important groups of composers and musicians representing both today’s most pioneering new music and decades of influence in the creative music scene.
Composer Portrait: Fieldwork will showcase the collective and individual work of emerging composers and musicians Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey and Steve Lehman in a three-day series from March 11 – 13. The legendary Dutch ensemble Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (ICP), in a rare U.S. appearance, will offer Three Days in Philadelphia from April 1 – 3.
Both concert series will take place at Philadelphia’s historic Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 North American Street, Philadelphia) in Old City. Tickets are available now online at www.arsnovaworkshop.com. Admission is $12 for a single event or $30 for a 3-Concert Pass to either series. Additional program information follows below.
“The idea behind our Composer Portrait series is to elevate the composer and showcase the depth of an artist’s work,” says Ars Nova Workshop Director, Mark Christman. “We wanted to present a series highlighting Fieldwork as an important collective, but also showing that each member of the ensemble has a lot to offer individually.”
Christman continues, “We’re also thrilled to be presenting 3 nights of Instant Composers Pool Orchestra. Like the AACM, the ICP are one of the most critical avant-garde music collectives to emerge from the late-1960s. Embracing cosmopolitanism and a courageous musical vision, they shaped the foundation that today’s experimental musicians must build upon. Over forty years later, they continue to be at the forefront of redefining and enhancing those very structures, offering both insight into a rich musical tradition and its vibrant future.”
Ars Nova Workshop (ANW) is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. ANW acts as a facilitator between artists and their audiences, while working to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music.
Founded in 2000, ANW has programmed nearly 500 unique events in diverse settings, many located in the underserved area of West Philadelphia. Performances have included some of the most significant contributors to jazz and experimental music over the past 50 years such as Cecil Taylor, Pauline Oliveros, Tony Conrad, Merzbow, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bill Dixon, Fennesz and Anthony Braxton, in addition to exceptional Philadelphia-based ensembles and emerging artists from around the world.
PHILADELPHIA – From April 1 – 3, Ars Nova Workshop will present Three Days in Philadelphia, a multi-night concert series showcasing the work of acclaimed Dutch ensemble Instant Composers Pool Orchestra(ICP), in a rare U.S. appearance. The internationally celebrated tentet has engaged audiences with their unique blend of tradition and experimentation for over 40 years.