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Venue:
International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Friday, January 7, 2011 - 8:00pm

AGOGIC

Andrew D'Angelo, alto saxophone + bass clarinet + electronics
Cuong Vu, trumpet + electronics
Luke Bergman, electric bass
Evan Woodle, drums

“Andrew D'Angelo has been known for pushing creative limits and challenging stylistic boundaries. A formidable improviser, he's as likely to spit incendiary lines from his alto saxophone as he is to ruminate introspectively on bass clarinet.” –Sean Patrick Fitzell, All About Jazz

“Cuong Vu is a schooled musician with a direct, hard-and-narrow tone on his instrument; his compositions have a lot of segments, and he sounds like a bullet shooting through and connecting them.” Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the Philadelphia debut of AGOGIC, a quartet led by Andrew D’Angelo and Cuong Vu that exemplifies Seattle’s diverse and flourishing jazz scene.

An important musical leader, Andrew D’Angelo is an iconoclastic alto saxophonist who has worked with Tyft, Human Feel, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Erik Friedlander, Trevor Dunn, Chris Speed, Jim Black, and Jamie Saft. He is a former Seattleite who’s been making an impact in New York since he relocated there in the 1990s.  After making his mark in New York with his trio and working with artists such as Myra Melford, David Bowie, Pat Metheny and Dave Douglas, trumpeter Cuong Vu has returned to Seattle where he’s recognized by the transformation he has brought to the University of Washington’s Jazz Program and its impact on the local scene of young boundary pushing musicians. Drawing on their 20 year relationship of musical research and growth, Vu and D’Angelo have teamed up to recruit amazing young talents Luke Bergman (bass) and Evan Woodle (drums) as fellow collaborators.  Together, they create music infused with a new perspective, brimming with energy and current musical trends. AGOGIC pushes musical boundaries as their rock tinged aggression and deep grooves make listeners jump out of their seats.