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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia , PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 8:00pm

Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet

Bobby Bradford, cornet
Frode Gjerstad, reeds
Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten, double-bass
Frank Rosaly, drums

Ars Nova Workshop welcomes the Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet for its first Philadelphia performance. The quartet features Frode Gjerstad, Bobby Bradford, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten and Frank Rosaly.

Frode Gjerstad was born in Stavanger, Norway and started playing improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968, eventually picking up reed instruments a year later. Around 1981, Gjerstad began a fruitful collaboration with British drummer John Stevens that led to the forming of the group “Detail,” which in 1986 released the album Detail Plus featuring Bobby Bradford on cornet. Since, Gjerstad has collaborated with some of the biggest names in jazz and improvised music, such as Hamid Drake, William Parker, Borah Bergman, Evan Parker and Louis Moholo.

Cornetist, trumpeter and composer Bobby Bradford was born in Mississippi in 1934. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he met Ornette Coleman, and moved to Los Angeles in 1953 to join his quartet. (Don Cherry eventually replaced Bradford after he was drafted into the Air Force.) From 1961 to 1963, he rejoined the Coleman group, which played infrequently during this period but was recorded under Coleman’s Atlantic contract. Additionally, Bradford played with Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, John Carter and David Murray, a student of his in the seventies. After recording several albums with drummer John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, he met Frode Gjerstad on Detail Plus, and the two continued collaborating in numerous combinations throughout the years such as Gjerstad’s remarkable large ensemble Circulasione Totale Orchestra.

Bassist Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten was born in Oppdal, Norway in 1971. He has been active on the avant-garde jazz scene since the mid-nineties. While studying at Trondheim Music Conservatory he met pianist Haavard Wilk and formed the John Coltrane-inspired group Element, which was later joined by drummer Paal Nilsson-Love. In 2000, the bassist and drummer recorded the album The Thing with saxophonist Mats Gustaffson, in what proved to be a lasting and fruitful partnership. Haaker Flaten has recorded with Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale Orchestra and in his quartet with Bradford and Nilsson-Love. Their latest release was Kampen on NoBusiness Records in 2012.

Frank Rosaly is a drummer and composer currently active in projects throughout Chicago and New York as well as Europe. He has been involved in improvised and experimental music since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago’s musical fabric. Some projects include Matana Robert’s Chicago Project, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten Quintet, Scorch Trio, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Chicago Lucern Exchange and others.