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Ars Nova Workshop presents the Philadelphia debut of Duo Baars-Henneman, featuring the Dutch musicians Ab Baars and Ig Henneman.
“There’s a breathless tension and expectation in these musical dialogues, as if neither participant has any idea what is coming next and the music trembles on the edge of revelation,” writes Signal To Noise about the music of Duo Baars-Henneman. This duo with the Dutch improvisers Ab Baars and Ig Henneman began in 1999 at the Festival ControIndicazioni in Rome; they have since toured internationally, conducted numerous educational workshops and, in 2006, released a debut album titled Stof.
The multi-instrumentalist Baars is well-known for his work with the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, the long-running ensemble founded by Han Bennink, Willem Breuker and Misha Mengelberg. Over the years, Baars has also worked with Ken Vandermark, Roswell Rudd, Sonic Youth, and The Ex, and he leads the Ab Baars Trio with Wilbert de Joode and Martin van Duynhoven. Henneman has composed for orchestras, written film scores and has worked with ICP Orchestra members like Mengelberg, Wolter Wierbos, Michael Moore and Tristan Honsinger. She is also the leader of the Ig Henneman Sextet with Baars, Axel Dorner, Lori Freedman, Wilbert de Joode and Merilyn Lerner.
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.