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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 8:00pm

Desertion Trio + Jamie Saft

Record Release Celebration

Nick Millevoi, electric guitar
Jamie Saft, keyboards
Johnny DeBlase, bass
Kevin Shea, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the return of Philly guitar wizard Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio, joined by special guest Jamie Saft, preceded by a solo set featuring rising star harpist Brandee Younger.

 

Millevoi’s Desertion Trio features drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Storm & Stress) and bassist Johnny DeBlase (Many Arms, Zevious). To celebrate the release of their second album, Midtown Tilt (Shhpuma), they’ll be joined by keyboardist Jamie Saft, known for his collaborations with a wide array of innovators from John Zorn to Iggy Pop. Inspired by the town of Wildwood, NJ and the anachronistic clash of reimagined cultures seen in its motels and amusements, Midtown Tilt is an amalgamation of jazz, psychedelic blues, surf music, and country rock instrumentals played by a crew of musicians most often seen shredding noise rock, avant garde jazz, and metal. A longtime staple of the Philly creative music scene, Millevoi is one-half of new-music duo and concert presenters Archer Spade (with trombonist Dan Blacksberg), co-founder of the prog-thrash-jazz trio Many Arms, plays with Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, and has recently joined the ranks of interpreters of John Zorn’s music, playing a selection of the iconoclastic composer’s Bagatelles.

 

“When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it's like a rocket darting skyward between clouds,” described Lars Gotrich of NPR’s All Songs Considered. “[T]he Philly musician comes at his instrument with an open mind.”

Brandee Younger
Brandee Younger, harp

A fearless and versatile talent, harpist Brandee Younger defies genres and labels as a classically­ trained musician playing in the avant­-garde tradition of her sonically forward forebears Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. Known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire as well as her continued work with a diverse cross­ section of musical talents, Younger is widely recognized as a creative linchpin whose nuanced presence and willingness to push boundaries have made her irreplaceable on record and in performance.  She has shared the stage with jazz leaders and popular hip-­hop and R&B titans including Ravi Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Reggie Workman, The Roots, Common, John Legend and Lauryn Hill. As well versed in performance art as she is the art of creative risk-­taking, Younger challenges commonly­ held notions in her quest to ”make the harp a more relevant force in today’s music.”