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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 8:00pm

Dans les Arbres

ECM Record Release Celebration

Xavier Charles, clarinet + harmonica
Ivar Grydeland, prepared guitar + prepared banjo + sruti box
Christian Wallumrød , prepared piano + harmonium
Ingar Zach, bass drum + percussion

"The finest composition, like improvisation, ultimately relies on intuition, and these players seem to have an innate grasp of the right combination of sounds and textures. Dans les arbres must be one of the finest ECM Improv releases - indeed, releases from any label - in recent years." - Andy Hamilton, The Wire

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to announce this very special, first Philadelphia performance by French Norwegian quartet Dans les Arbres, who are also making their first trip to the United States!

Since the early 2000s, these four musicians have been working together in various arrangements.  Ivar Grydeland and Ingar Zach worked extensively as a duo, formed the SOFA imprint, and soon after began working with Christian Wallumrød, whose 2001 ECM release Sofienberg Variations was praised for its exhilarating and puzzling combination of "Bach, Schubert, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Paul Bley and the 16th and 17th centuries" (Nick Coleman, Independent of Sunday).  Joined by bassist Tonny Kluften, Grydeland, Zach, and Wallumrød formed the No Spaghetti Edition, which in subsequent years formed various large ensembles with a pool of over 50 European improvisers for numerous live performances and four recorded albums.  Perucssionist Xavier Charles was a frequent collaborator with No Spaghetti Edition, and in 2004 Charles, Grydeland, Zach and Wallumrød had their first meeting as a quartet.  Dans les Arbres was born!

Though their meetings were infrequent over the next several years, they converged in 2006 for a performance, and two years later their self-titled debut album was released on ECM.  Inspired equally by John Cage's philosophy of sound, Morton Feldman's minimalism, and the rich history of Dutch and European experimental music (from free jazz to contemporary classical to electro-acoustic improvisation), Dans les Arbres create all-acoustic improvisations that emphasize texture and space.  In addition to exploring new sonic possibilities with prepared instruments and extended techniques, Dans les Arbres integrate Eastern folk idioms to produce unique, sophisticated, and meditative tapestries of globalized sound.