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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 8:00pm

William Hooker's Two Sides of Now

Matt Lavelle, trumpet
Dave Ross, guitar
William Hooker, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for an evening of music by William Hooker's Two Sides of Now and an opening performance by Vertex, a Norwegian electroacoustic duo that will be making their Philadelphia debut.  As Neil Strauss wrote, "William Hooker is a man determined to get his music out there and he'll cross any genre to do it."  

Upon moving to New York City in the 1970s, William Hooker became deeply involved with the loft scene, performing with many of the premier free jazz artists of the time.  Over the years he has worked with William Parker, DJ Spooky, Billy Bang, Sabir Mateen, Christian Marclay, and many others.  His first recording, released in 1981 but recorded in 1974, Is Eternal Life, featured David Murray, Mark Miller, Les Goodson, Hassan Dawkins, and David S. Ware.  Hooker frequently incorporates poetry into his performances and recordings, as he did on 1988's Lifeline.  In recent years he has released several records, including a series of duets with Elliott Sharp and Thurston Moore called Shambala, A Season's Fire with Eyving Kang, Mindfulness with DJ Olive, Gift of Tongues with Zeena Parkins and Lee Ronaldo, and The Gift with Roy Campbell and Jason Hwang.  In 2009, he released The Symbol of the Unconquered, which consists of a solo drum performance meant to accompany the 1920's silent film of the same name.  Hooker continues to work within the intersections of a diverse spectrum of musical genres, bringing both improvisational techniques and compositional vigor to his work.  Two Sides of Now features trumpeter Matt Lavelle and guitarist Dave Ross, who have worked with William Parker, Daniel Carter, Rashid Bakr, and Sabir Mateen.

Vertex
Petter Vågan, lapsteel + acoustic guitar + fx
Tor Haugerud, percussion + signal generator

"A duo that builds strong, durable soundstructures… They form an electroacoustic experience that within a well defined timeframe carries the listener to rooms where melancholic motives, droning industrial chaos and electronic soundsmashing makes up the furniture." - Stephan Meidell, Bergens Tidende

Vertex is a Norwegian duo that spontaneously compose electroacoustic music, both immediate and enticing. From lowercase drones through beautiful melodic passages to assaulting industrial walls of sound, Vertex creates a plausible yet otherwordly soundscape with its own set of natural laws: a universe that focuses in on form and interaction.  Their debut album, shapes & phases, has just been released through the renowned label SOFA, and was mixed and mastered by leading Italian experimentalist Giuseppe Ielasi.