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Venue:
Settlement Music School416 Queen Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission/$60 Festival Pass (link in event description)
Sponsored by:
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 8:00pm

Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound Ensemble

AACM | Great Black Music

Roscoe Mitchell, saxophones
Hugh Ragin, trumpet
Spencer Barefield, guitar
Jaribu Shahid, double-bass
Tani Tabbal, drums

“When he’s in a certain mood, his improvisations can match any noise artist or metal band on the planet for sheer perverse abrasiveness. But the beauty of an impending Roscoe Mitchell performance is that it could go any number of ways.” - Time Out New York

"If you listen to nature, all the sounds are done in a confident way. I'm trying to do that.” - Roscoe Mitchell

In celebration of Roscoe Mitchell's 70th birthday, please join Ars Nova Workshop for night two of our Composer Portrait: Roscoe Mitchell series featuring a performance by Mitchell's Sound Ensemble, a quintet with Hugh Ragin, Spencer Barefield, Tani Tabbal, and Jaribu Shahid. A free pre-concert public discussion will be held at 6pm with New York Times music writer Nate Chinen and Mitchell: they will discuss the AACM's legacy and future, as well as Mitchell's current work.

AACM Festival Passes for admission to all five events are available for $60. You can purchase them here.

A leader in the field of avant-garde jazz and contemporary music, composer-performer Roscoe Mitchell is a founding member of the world renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago, the AACM, and the Trio Space. His role in the resurrection of long neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, his innovation as a solo woodwind performer, and his reassertion of the jazz composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for over four decades. He has recorded over 90 albums and has written over 250 compositions, which range from classical to contemporary, wild and forceful, and free jazz to ornate chamber music. He is currently a faculty member at Mills College, and has recently worked with Vijay Iyer, Dave Burrell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Craig Taborn, the Janåcek Philharmonic, and the S.E.M. Ensemble.

Pre-Concert Public Discussion with Nate Chinen (6pm)

Nate Chinen is a regular contributor to The New York Times, a columnist for JazzTimes and the proprietor of a music blog, The Gig. For each of the past four years he has received the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing from the Jazz Journalists Association; in 2004 the same organization recognized Myself Among Others, coauthored with the impresario George Wein, as Best Book About Jazz. A former Penn English major and assistant coordinator at the Kelly Writers House, Chinen started writing about music in the mid-1990s for the Philadelphia City Paper.