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Venue:
Vox Populi Gallery319 N. 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Friday, January 16, 2009 - 8:00pm

Han Bennink + Marshall Allen

Marshall Allen, alto saxophone
Han Bennink, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a special one-day exhibition of Han Bennink's works on paper and the first ever meeting of two of today's most influential improvisers, Marshall Allen and Han Bennink.

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 the 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 Sun Ra's musical career.

As a member of the Arkestra, Allen pioneered the Free Jazz movement of the early 1960s, having remarkable influence on most of the leading voices in the avant-garde. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings in addition to collaborating with Phish, Sonic Youth, Digable Planets and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Allen assumed the position of meastro 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.

Throughout the 1960s, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink (b. 1942) was increasingly recognized as an uncommonly versatile drummer. As a hard swinger in the tradition of his hero Kenny Clarke, he accompanied touring American jazz stars, including Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Griffin, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon. He is heard with Gordon on the 1969 album Live at Amsterdam Paradiso (Affinity) and with Dolphy on 1964's Last Date (PolyGram). At the same time, Bennink participated in the creation of a European improvised music which evolved apart from its jazz roots. With fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the musicians' collective Instant Composers Pool in 1967. Bennink anchored various bands led by Mengelberg or Breuker, and appeared in their comic music-theater productions.

In 1966, Bennink performed at the Newport Jazz Festival with the Mengelberg Quartet. And, from the late 1960s through the 1970s Bennink collaborated frequently with Danish, German, English and Belgian musicians, notably saxophonists John Tchicai and Peter Brötzmann, guitarist Derek Bailey and pianist Fred van Hove. Bennink, Brötzmann and van Hove had a longstanding trio well documented on FMP Records. Bennink's many recordings from the 1980s include sessions with Mengelberg's ICP Orchestra (where he remains), South African bassist Harry Miller, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonists Roswell Rudd and George Lewis, and big band leaders Sean Bergin and Andy Sheppard. From 1988-98 Bennink's main vehicle was Clusone 3, with saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore and cellist Ernst Reijseger, a band noted for its free-wheeling mix of swinging jazz standards, wide-open improvising, and tender ballads.