The Thing with Joe McPhee at the Community Education Center Theater in Philadelphia


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Ars Nova Workshop presents:

Friday, November 25 | 8pm
Joe McPhee, reeds/pocket trumpet
Mats Gustafsson, reeds
Ingebrigt Hker Flaten, bass
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

Community Education Center (CEC) Theater
3500 Lancaster Avenue | Philadelphia

When the trio started out they primarily performed the music of Don Cherry, hence the group's name. Since Joe McPhee's participation, the group's reportuar has included other free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe and Norman Howard. Also, the group's enthusiasm towards rock music, is heard when they play “To Bring You My Love" by PJ Harvey as well as tunes by The White Stripes, The Sonics and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Mats Gustafsson is one Sweden's and Europe's biggest name on the free music scene. Through groups like Gush, AALY trio and Peter Brtzmann's Chicago Tentet, as well as his collaborations with Sonic Youth, he has established himself as a very powerful saxophonist, and has somewhat reinvented the way of playing the saxophone. Ingebrigt Hker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become Norway's heaviest rhythm-section. Since their long term collaboration started in 1992, they have worked in several groups which include School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Bjrkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.

A rare doubler--equally at ease on brass and woodwind--Joe McPhee (b. 1939) was first heard on Clifford Thorton's 'Freedom and Unity' (Third World, 1967). Founding the CjR recording label in 1969 with artist Craig Johnson, McPhee (as a leader) recorded 'Underground Railroad', 'Trinity', and 'Nation Time'. By 1974, Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger, so engaged by McPhee's underground recordings, started Hat Hut records to release his work, eventually releasing the seminal 'Tenor' solo concert in 1976. Following early collaborations with Pauline Oliveros, McPhee's interests in extended technique and electronics were influenced by the theories of “deep listening." Re-emerging in the 1990s, McPhee has attracted wider attention from the North American creative jazz community, recording prodigiously on recording labels such as CIMP, Okkadisk, Music & Arts, and Victo, as well as beginning a fruitful relationship with Chicago reedman Ken Vandermark. Most recently, he has recorded with the Peter Brtzmann Chicago Tentet, Trio X, DJ Spooky, Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, and Mats Gustafsson's The Thing.

$12 General Admission

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