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Henry Threadgill’s “Background” (for saxophone quartet) + Jeff Parker/Mike Reed Duo
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Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a special double-header featuring New York City's Collide Saxophone Quartet performing early AACM member Henry Threadgill's work, "Background," and a duo performance by young AACM members and Chicagoans Jeff Parker and Mike Reed. Between sets there will be a public discussion led by jazz writer and educator David Adler, who will talk with tonight's musicians about ther involvement with the AACM.
AACM Festival Passes for admission to all five events are available for $60. You can purchase them here.
Collide Saxophone Quartet - who last performed in Philly for ANW's Composer Portrait: Tim Berne in December, 2009 - unites four multi-reed players vital to the New York scene who create, adapt, interpret and perform works for saxophone quartet and improvisations that draw on the entire sound world of the instrument while building a new repertoire to shatter old conventions. Since their founding in 2003, they have collaborated with So Percussion to perform Dutch maverick Louis Andriessen's "Workers Union," composers Michael Gordon and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang, and performed the US premieres of Tim Berne's "Repulsion" and German woodwind maestro and composer Gebhard Ullmann's "Hell und Bunt." Collide has re-envisioned classic music by Igor Stravinsky, Jimmy Giuffre, Sun Ra, and Roscoe Mitchell. Members also perform regularly with Bang on a Can All Stars, Alarm Will Sound, American Composers Orchestra, Slavic Soul Party, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Balkan Beat Box.
Joining the AACM in the late-1960s, composer-performer Henry Threadgill worked alongside Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Joseph Jarman, Steve McCall, and Roscoe Mitchell. Over the years he has worked with Fred Hopkins, Leroy Jenkins, David Murray, Billy Bang, and the ensemble Air, and has led many pioneering creative music ensembles, including Make a Move, Very Very Circus, the Henry Threadgill Sextet, and Zooid, which has released two highly celebrated albums on Pi Recordings. One of the most original jazz composers of his generation, Threadgill’s art transcends stylistic boundaries and embraces the world of music in its entirety, from ragtime to circus marches to classical to bop, free jazz, and beyond. A given project might exploit a particular genre or odd instrumentation, but whatever the slant, it always bears its composer’s inimitable personality.
Young members of the AACM, both guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer Mike Reed represent the organization's ongoing mission to nurture creative musicians who radically push toward new sonic horizons. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Parker is well known for his work with post-rock innovators Tortoise, and has worked alongside Rob Mazurek, Joshua Redman, Chad Taylor, Sara Smith, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark.
A member of the AACM since 2005 and chairman since 2009, Reed has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Nicole Mitchell, Josh Abrams, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, and Dave Rempis, and leads several creative ensembles, including People, Places and Things, whose 2010 LP, Stories and Negotiations, placed on the year-end lists of The New York Times, NPR's A Blog Supreme, Village Voice, Chicago Reader, and The Examiner. Also an active concert organizer in Chicago, Reed is the director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, the co-founder of Hungry Brain's Sunday Transmission Series, and involved with both the Umbrella Music Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival. Reed was named Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz (2008) by the Chicago Tribune and in the 57th annual Downbeat critics poll was distinguished as "Rising Jazz Star.”
David R. Adler is an adjunct lecturer in jazz history at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. He writes on music, politics and culture from his home in New York, covering jazz for JazzTimes, Philadelphia Weekly, The New York City Jazz Record. His work has also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Down Beat, Time Out New York, City Arts, Jazziz, The New York Times, The New Republic Online, Slate, and Signal to Noise.
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.