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Venue:
Maas Building1325 Randolph Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 8:00pm

Ballister

Dave Rempis, saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

Ars Nova Workshop presents the Philadelphia debut of heavy-hitting power-trio Ballister, and a rare solo performance by Norwegian noise artist Lasse Marhaug.

“They use their instruments like artillery, launching a barrage of explosive free improvisation,” the Chicago Reader correctly observes about Ballister's debut LP, Bastard String. “Though individual players occasionally drop out and the group sometimes turns down the heat, giving the performances dynamic range, the music is never polite.”

Saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Fred Lonberg-Holm and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love have played together for years in various ensembles—Rempis and Lonberg-Holm in the Vandermark 5, Longberg-Holm and Nilssen-Love in Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, and all three in Vandermark's Territory Band. Individually, they've worked with many of the most celebrated jazz and experimental artists around the world, such as Mats Gustafsson, Hamid Drake, Kevin Drumm, Roscoe Mitchell, Jim O'Rourke, Joe McPhee, Axel Doerner and Frode Gjerstad.

But Ballister didn't form until spring 2009, when Norwegian Nilssen-Love visited Rempis and Lonberg-Holm in Chicago. They embarked on their first US tour in 2010, which resulted in the release of Bastard String, captured live from their set at The Hideout in Chicago. Its three tracks—two of which are over 30 minutes long—showcase the trio's furious capacity for daring improvisation, blistering solos and compelling group dialogue. While referencing the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70s and 80s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands, Ballister redefine a whole new type of “power” from within the power-trio context.

Lasse Marhaug
Lasse Marhaug, electronics

Norwegian visual and sound artist Lasse Marhaug's been at the forefront of the noise scene for two decades, frequently crossing into the domains of improv, free-jazz and metal. He's also composed for dance, theater, and video projects.

Marhaug's worked with noise innovators such as Merzbow and John Wiese, free-jazz musicians like Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark, and with metal outfits such as Sunn O))). He's a longtime member of Jazkamer, a duo created with guitarist John Herge, and the founder of Pica-Disk—a label that's released work by his various projects, as well as albums by C Spencer Yeh, Tony Conrad, Oren Ambarchi and Maja S.K. Ratkje, another of his frequent collaborators.

One of his recent recordings, No Combo, features Marhaug in duo with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. For tonight's rare US performance, Marhaug performs solo.