Ars Nova Workshop is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with the Broad Street Ministry. As BSM practices what they term “Radical Hospitality,” ANW brings the international trio Hear In Now to perform for BSM’s guests and collaborate with them in making music—a practice that opens hearts, minds, and imaginations. 

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to announce the return of The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music, a four-day international music festival featuring some of the most groundbreaking and uncategorizable artists in modern music.

Lovers (The Book)

Ars Nova Workshop is gearing up for our next big event: “Lovers (for Philadelphia),” a project with Nels Cline that we commissioned with a grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (click for details of the June 2 event at Union Transfer on the sidebar).

The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music, a four-day (Oct. 5-8, 2017) music festival presented by Ars Nova Workshop, in collaboration with FringeArts, has confirmed several additional artists for its inaugural lineup. More artists will be added in the coming weeks. The current performers are listed below.

THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION 2017 FESTIVAL LINEUP

Anthony Braxton: a solo performance by the NEA Jazz Master and AACM founding member
Sun Ra Arkestra: the legendary Philadelphia ensemble performs “Space is the Place” in its entirety
The Art Ensemble of Chicago: a rare appearance from the influential ensemble that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary
So Percussion: this award-winning percussion quartet has worked with Steve Reich and Bang on a Can
Cortex: an extremely rare stateside appearance by this “high-velocity” (Chicago Reader) Norwegian jazz quartet
Karuna: a longstanding duo featuring Chicago percussionist Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph with special guest and Eternal Wind member Ralph Miles Jones III
John Luther Adams: a performance of the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning artist’s “Across the Distance” featuring members of Orchestra 2001
Claire Chase: MacArthur Fellow, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder, and “young star of the modern flute” (The New Yorker)
Zeena Parkins / Brian Chase Duo: a new duo featuring the acclaimed harpist and drummer best known for collaborations with Bjork and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: performing material from their upcoming ECM release
David Torn’s Sun of Goldfinger: the guitar virtuoso, best known for his work with David Bowie, hits the stage with Tim Berne and Ches Smith
Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone: the drummer’s all-star Chicago septet debuts a composition reflecting on race and identity in the changing Western world
Ballister: the explosive trio of Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Paal Nilssen-Love

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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.

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