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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia , PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 8:00pm

VCDC

Frode Gjerstad , clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello
Stine Janvin Motland, voice
Ståle Liavik Solberg, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of VCDC, an all-star group comprised of clarinetist Frode Gjerstad, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, vocalist Stine Janvin Motland, and drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg.

Norwegian Gjerstad and Chicago-based Lonberg-Holm are frequent collaborators and have worked with everyone from Peter Brotzmann, Bobby Bradford and Ken Vandermark to Jim O'Rourke, Wilco and Smog. Their last album, Sugar Maple, together with Chicago drummer Michael Zerang, was released in 2010 on the FMR Record label. In 2007, Gjerstad recorded and produced Strap On for the duo Motsol, comprised of Stine Janvin Motland and Ståle Liavik Solberg.

VCDC was formed at the 2009 MaiJazz Festival in Stavanger, Norway, when Motland and Solberg invited Gjerstad and Lonberg-Holm to join them for a performance. Their collaboration continued, and following a 2010 Scandinavian tour they recorded their self-titled debut album on the Oslo based Hispid record label.

"The outcome is surprisingly melodic, and warm and arresting in its sonic possibilities. (...) the quartet strengthens its unique musical language, stressing tight and supportive interplay, and inevitably raising high hopes for a follow-up to this engaging recording," writes Eyal Hareuveni.

In July of 2013, UK based FMR Records released Insult, recorded live at Galleri Sult in Stavanger.