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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia , PA Map
Price: $15.00
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:00pm

Snakeoil

Tim Berne, alto saxophone
Oscar Noriega, clarinet + bass clarinet
Matt Mitchell, piano
Ches Smith, drums + percussion

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome the Philadelphia return of Tim Berne’s Snakeoil for a very special performance celebrating the release of their new recording, Shadow Man, on ECM Records.

“Based on the recorded evidence, it may very well have been Tim Berne who was the definitive genius of NYC’s downtown 1980s jazz scene,” Time Out New York opined. “In the intervening years, he has remained committed to exploring the small group jazz idiom with a series of gritty, head-turning bands that have helped propel younger players such as Jim Black, Craig Taborn and Ches Smith into alt-jazz stardom”.

Snakeoil introduces a fascinating ensemble, a “chamber-like group” in Berne’s words, albeit one that packs some power. Tim’s tough alto is heard with Oscar Noriega’s earthy clarinets, Matt Mitchell’s cryptic piano, and Ches Smith’s tone-conscious drums, tympani, gongs and congas. Berne: “I'd decided on this very transparent instrumentation to try and avoid obvious stylistic references and to focus the listener on the musical ideas being presented.” Two years of wood-shedding preceded the recording of Snakeoil for ECM Records at New York’s Avatar Studios early in 2011, and the band was ready to roar.