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Austrian electronic music innovator Fennesz will be kicking off Ars Nova Workshop's 2010-2011 season with his first ever Philadelphia performance on September 5, 8pm at the International House (3701 Chestnut Street).  While Fennesz has not released a solo LP since 2008's Black Sea, this has been an incredibly busy year for the artist who the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Erik Morse called "the most extraordinary ambient composer since Brian Eno."

Thus far, 2010 has seen the release of 7 Fennesz collaborations, archival recordings or reissues: 1) Szampler, a cassette that collects samples used in his previous work, 2) In Stereo, a new album by his ongoing project with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg, Fenn O'Berg, 3) a newly mixed version of 2001's classic Endless Summer album, 4) On's Something That Has Form and Something That Does Not, an album featuring Fennesz' reworked versions of improvised pieces by Sylvain Chauveau and Steven Hess, 5) Knoxville, a live recording with David Daniell and Tony Buck, 6) Quiet Inlet, a collaborative release out on ECM with electro-acoustic improvisers Food, and 7) a remix of Oneohtrix Point Never's "Returnal," which appears as a B-side on an Editions Mego 7".Aside from proving Fennesz' prolificity, these many projects and releases show how dedicated he is to discovering new sounds and exploring the creative possibilities opened up by fresh collaborations with diverse artists.  In preparation for this very rare North American performance - this Philly show is 1 of only 10 US dates - we'd like to share a few interviews and videos (links below).  Enjoy, and we'll see you on Sunday!

Interview: Wall Street Journal, 2009

Interview: Pitchfork, 2009

Video: Fennesz live at V. Sessions, 2008