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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia , PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 8:00pm

Bushman’s Revenge & Cortex

Even Hermansen, guitars
Rune Nergaard, bass
Gard Nilssen, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debuts of Bushman’s Revenge and Cortex, two fiery groups hailing from Norway.

"Bassist Rune Nergaard and drummer Gard Nilssen chase Hermansen's impulses as if Jitterbug was a Marshall-amp version of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space." -Rolling Stone

Bushman’s Revenge is a trio consisting of Shining guitarist Even Helte Hermansen, bassist Rune Nergaard and drummer Gard Nilssen. Since 2009, they have released five albums on the Rune Grammofon label and their latest studio album, A Little Bit Of Big Bonanza, was met with critical praise across the board. Jazzwise magazine likened them to “Jeff Beck being backed by Elvin Jones,” and describes guitarist Hermansen as “reveling in glorious post-Hendrix overdrive that combines jazz inventiveness with crunchy attack.” Equal parts Black Sabbath and Albert Ayler.

Cortex
Thomas Johansson, trumpet
Kristoffer Berre Alberts, saxophone
Ola Høyer, double-bass
Gard Nilssen, drums

 

Cortex was founded in 2007 by trumpeter Thomas Johansson with saxophonist Kristoffer Alberts, bassist Ola Høyer and drummer Gard Nilssen. They are a band with abundant energy, in the footprints of giants such as Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and John Zorn. Eyal Hareuveni of All About Jazz has described their latest release on Gigafon Records, Göteborg, as “ establishing Cortex as one of the greatest bands currently working in Norway”, also including that “the band's camaraderie excels with telepathic, tight interplay.”

All members share a common background in jazz studies from Trondheim, Norway, and they are active in a number of other ensembles such as the Mathias Eick Quintet, Saka, Friends & Neighbors, All Included, AKODE and The Heat Death.