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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 8:00pm

Flat Earth Society

Inzinzac CD Release Celebration

Peter Vermeersch, composer
Stefaan Blancke, trombone
Benjamin Boutreur, alto sax
Michel Mast, tenor saxophone
Bruno Vansina, baritone saxophone
Berlinde Deman, tuba
Bart Maris, trumpet
Marc Meeuwissen, trombone
Kristof Roseeuw, bass
Luc Van Lieshout, trumpet
Peter Vandenberghe, piano + keyboards
Wim Willaert, accordion + voice
Tom Wouters, clarinet + xylopohone + vibraphone
Pierre Vervloesem, guitar
Teun Verbruggen, percussion

“You'll either be enthralled by Flat Earth Society’s seemingly bottomless creativity or else you'll feel like you just spent an afternoon on the Tilt-A-Whirl.” – Pitchfork

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present Belgian big band The Flat Earth Society for a very rare U.S. performance. Join us for one of only four stateside dates! Philadelphia-based power trio Inzinzac, who tonight will be celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album on High Two, will provide an opening performance.

FES was founded in 1998, when no-nonsense artist, former architect, clarinettist, saxophonist, keyboard player, composer and producer Peter Vermeersch, wanted to explore new horizons after having convinced music lovers all over the word with Maximalist! and the cult legend band X-legged Sally. Vermeersch, who worked with international artists like Josse De Pauw, Wim Vandekeybus, Vincent Bal, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Fred Frith, The Simpletones and Jazzwork from Berlin, and wrote music for the Arditti Quartet, PrimaLa Musica and theSmithQuartet, assembled a pack of inspired and inimitable musicians, forming a big band which has nowadays become much more than just a big band. The band now consists of a permanent group of 14 musicians.

The music of this massive, fourteen piece Belgian ensemble shifts from strictly written sheet music to liberating improvisation. The music of other composers is used as inspiration, frequently arranged, adapted, and integrated into fresh compositions, adding a wide range of atmospheres and styles to their eclectic sonic universe. This singular ensemble dares to work across disciplines such as theatre and film, and has the ability to seduce a number of different audiences from more select jazz and classical listeners to a wild rock public. In the live moment, Flat Earth Society creates an unrivaled, energized, and challenging listening experience. They have released eleven albums on labels such as Crammed Disk, Zonk!, and Ipecac, the imprint run by Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle).

Inzinzac
Alban Bailly, guitar
Dan Scofield, soprano + tenor saxophones
Eli Litwin, drums

“Insane compositions flawlessly executed with relentless intensity and mixed with beautiful improvisations.” - Mary Halvorson on Inzinzac

Founded in 2007 by guitarist Alban Bailly, Inzinzac is a Philadelphia-based trio featuring saxophonist Dan Scofield and drummer Eli Litwin. Individually, the trio members have worked with Alvin Curran, Jack Wright, Tony Buck, Tim Berne, and Rudresh Mahanthappa, and are currently members of Normal Love, Shot x Shot, Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Oscuro Quintet. Inspired equally by jazz, metal, punk and Eastern European musics, Inzinzac is a power trio that creates muscular and volatile improvisations similar to celebrated groups like The Thing and Scorch Trio. Their self-titled debut album will be released on May 24 by Philadelphia’s High Two label.