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Angelica Sanchez Quintet
Join Ars Nova Workshop for a special performance at Philadelphia Art Alliance as we present the Angelica Sanchez Quintet featuring a very rare stateside appearance by French guitarist Marc Ducret.
“Some kinds of music are best listened to alone and without distractions,” wrote Carla Bley in the liner notes to a little house (Cleen Feed; 2010) by pianist Angelica Sanchez. “Every piece is like a story told to you privately.” From gorgeous, voluptuous piano swells to vast, haunting silences, Sanchez created her own elegant world of sound on her debut solo recording. Though she'll be sharing the stage with four all-star jazz musicians, tonight's performance will capture that same awe-inspiring beauty, virtuosity, and intimate charm.
Sanchez has been an active player on the New York City jazz scene since the mid-1990s, working in ensembles with Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Susie Ibarra, and Tim Berne. She has led trios and quartets with musicians like Michael Formanek and Ted Poor, and in the late-2000s, she formed this quintet with saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Drew Gress, French guitarist Marc Ducret, and drummer Tom Rainey, which tonight makes its first Philadelphia appearance since 2007.
Each member of the quintet has a history with saxophonist Tim Berne, and it definitely shows in the group dialogue: mathematical precision, evolving melodies, sharp harmonic exchanges. But, as Nate Chinen wrote for The New York Times, what sets Sanchez apart as a composer is her “more harmonious brand of abstraction.” This is evident on their spectacular debut, Life Between (Cleen Feed; 2008), and you'll hear it tonight as Sanchez leads this singular quintet through new pieces that will appear on their upcoming sophomore release for Clean Feed.
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.