Ars Nova Workshop

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 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.”