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Fred Van Hove
Please join Ars Nova Workshop for an incredibly rare solo performance by the Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove, one of the pioneers of European Free-Jazz music.
The pianist, accordionist, organist and composer Fred Van Hove began his long-running collaboration with the German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann in the mid-1960s, when he worked on Brötzmann's now-legendary Machine Gun Sessions. He went on to work in trio with Brötzmann and the Dutch percussionist Han Bennink. Van Hove began performing solo in the early-1970s, and soon after founded the Werkgroep Improviserende Musici in order to elevate the work of experimental musicians and improvisers from Belgium.
Since 1976, Van Hove has provided solo accompaniment to silent movies, including works by Fritz Lang and D.W. Griffith. In 1978, he formed the Musica Libera Antverpiae and the Musica Libera Belgicae, which resulted in a series of new compositions, tours and festivals highlighting the work of fellow experimentalists such as Radu Malfatti and Paul Rutherford. He has recorded dozens of celebrated albums – including 1967's For Adolphe Sax and 1969's European Echoes with Manfred Schoof – and throughout his career he has collaborated with Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Peter Kowald, Johannes Bauer, Steve Lacy and Joëlle Léandre.
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.