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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 8:00pm

Frode Gjerstad-Paal Nilssen-Love Duo feautring Marshall Allen

Marshall Allen, alto saxophone + electronic valve instrument (EVI)
Frode Gjerstad, alto saxophone + clarinets
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

Frode Gjerstad draws upon the energy of the free-jazz continuum as defined by Ornette, Mingus, Dolphy and Coltrane. With over 20 recordings as a leader, Gjerstad has established himself as a major saxophonist on the international scene.  He came to prominence with the John Stevens group in the 1980s, and his subsequent trio work has included collaborations with Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter, William Parker, Rashied Bakr and Hamid Drake.

Gjerstad has also collaborated with pianist Borah Bergman, performing frequently as a duo and also as trio with Evan Parker and later with Peter Brøtzmann. He has performed with English bassist Nicholas Stephens, Paul Rutherford, Terje Isungset, Louis Moholo and Danish guitarist, Hasse Poulsen. He performs with noise musician Lasse Marhaug, and was a founding member of the group Ultralyd.  Following a year of performances, he left the band. Still, he has continued playing with Morten J. Olsen, Anders Hana (Noxagt) and Kjetil Möster in other projects. His latest project is a quartet with US reed-man Sabir Mateen, Paal Nilssen-Love and Danish electric bassist, Peter Friis-Nielsen.

Paal Nilssen-Love is one of Europe's most active drummers and has established himself as a powerful and a dynamic musician through ongoing projects with Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Ken Vandermark (School Days, FME, Powerhouse Sound), Raoul Björkenheim (Scorch Trio) and Peter Brötzmann (Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet), as well as with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, Terrie Ex (OffOnOff), noise wizard Lasse Marhaug, and Fugazi's Guy Picciotto. "Nilssen-Love is one of the most innovative, dynamic and versatile drummers in jazz!" (DownBeat Magazine)

As a young musician, Marshall Allen (b.1924) performed with pianist Art Simmons, Don Byas and James Moody before enrolling in the Paris Conservatory of Music. After relocating to Chicago, Allen became a pupil of Sun Ra, subsequently joining his Arkestra in 1958 and leading Sun Ra's formidable reed section for the next 40 years (a role akin to the position Johnny Hodges held in the Duke Ellington Orchestra). Marshall, along with John Gilmore, June Tyson and James Jacson, lived, rehearsed, toured and recorded with Sun Ra almost exclusively for much of Ra's musical career. As a member of the Arkestra, Marshall Allen pioneered the Free Jazz movement of the early sixties, having remarkable influence on most of the leading voices in the avant-garde. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings. Allen assumed the position of maestro in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra 1993, and John Gilmore in 1995. Like his mentor, he is committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra's musical precepts.