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Ars Nova Workshop is proud to present the long-overdue return of the Scandinavian garage jazz power trio, The Thing.
“The sheer power they generate from wood, metal, breath and muscle is stunning” – BBC
After forming in 1999 as a Don Cherry recording project, The Thing soon established themselves as one of the most important European jazz groups, playing a variety of compositions, including material by PJ Harvey, Albert Ayler, The White Stripes, Steve Lacy, The Stooges, The Sonics, The Cramps, Lightning Bolt and The Ex. They transformed the music of these artists into a contemporary context, making it their own. As individuals or as a group, they have collaborated with those including, Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, David Grubbs, Eye, The Ex, Pat Metheny, Arto Lindsay, Steve Reid, Kieran Hebden, Merzbow, Christian Marclay, The Nomads, Guy Picciotto, Neneh Cherry and more.
After more than 600 concerts around the globe, five studio albums including their collaborative release with Neneh Cherry, a variety of live releases over the years, in 2013 The Thing presented their sixth studio album, BOOT! as the first release on their new label, The Thing Records. Since then they’ve released two EP’s, a live recording with Thurston Moore, LIVE and re-released their classic albums Garage and Mono.
Evan Parker is a British jazz saxophone revolutionary who transformed the language and techniques of the instrument in the late 1960s and has since become one of the most admired and influential saxophone improvisers on the planet. His remarkable post-Coltrane technique allows him to play counterpoint on what was designed as a single-line instrument, generate electronics-like textures acoustically, and build a personal soundscape that avoids conventional tunes but has its own arresting lyricism. He was a commanding voice on some of the most legendary recordings of early European free jazz, including his own Topography of the Lung and Peter Brötzmann’s Machine Gun. He has worked with comparable revolutionaries like John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, while also bringing a sharp edge to more orthodox jazz. Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. Recent recordings include The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. ANW informs, inspires, and challenges listeners to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation, and experimental music in contemporary culture. ANW events provide a forum for discourse, emergent trends in contemporary music, and unique forms of cultural exchange, while nurturing a diverse community for innovative music.