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"Beyond the passion is remarkable complexity when each performer, a master in their own right, combines to express feelings that are not of this earth. Nothing short of fantastic." -Chris Allick on Acid Birds
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present this performance by Acid Birds, an exciting trio fusing free jazz improvisation, noise and drone that, as Zach Lytton writes, "falls somewhere between [Anthony] Braxton and [Cornelius] Cardew." This event will also feature a very rare appearance from Planet Y, a duo with Philadelphia-based musicians Charles Cohen and Yanni Papadopoulos.
Acid Birds was formed in 2004 in Brooklyn, NY by Andrew Barker (drums & percussion), Jaime Fennelly (pedal harmonium + electronics) and Charles Waters (alto saxophone & bass clarinet). NY-based Barker & Waters are both founding members of Gold Sparkle Band, and Fennelly, who recently relocated to Chicago from the Pacific Northwest, is 1/3 of Peeesseye. Their first self-titled LP came out on the Italian label QBICO in 2009. Their second LP, Acid Birds II, will be released in January 2011 on Sagitarrius A-Star, and the new Brooklyn label Electric Temple Records will be releasing their first cassette, entitled Mock Load, to coincide with their Midwest / East Coast tour in February 2011.
"In an age where it seems like everything you hear sounds like something you heard somewhere else already, this is highly original-sounding work whose only real forerunner is possibly in the outer fringes of Krautrock and the more tantalizing electronic diversions of Sun Ra." -Dead Angel on Planet Y’s Space Station
Synthesizer innovator Don Buchla created only 14 of the 200 Series Buchla Music Easels, and Philadelphia artist Charles Cohen has been creating music on one for over 20 years. Preferring to create music in a live setting rather than in a studio, in addition to his work with Planet Y, Cohen has performed with The Valerie Project, Shot x Shot, and is ½ of Color is Luxury and Space Elevator. Yanni Papadopoulos is one of the founding members of experimental rock band Stinking Lizaveta.
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.