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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 8:00pm

Archer Spade + Drew Ceccato perform the music of Roscoe Mitchell

Composer Portrait: Roscoe Mitchell

Daniel Blacksberg, trombone
Nick Millevoi, guitar
Drew Ceccato, woodwinds

As part of our Composer Portrait: Roscoe Mitchell series, Ars Nova Workshop presents Philadelphia’s Archer Spade with woodwindist Drew Ceccato. These three emerging musicians will perform four compositions by Mitchell: “Marche,” “L-R-G,” “Cards,” and “Nonaah.”

Archer Spade is the new music collaboration between Philadelphia composers and performers Daniel Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi that seeks to broaden the repertoire and inspire new sonic possibilities for their unlikely instrumentation of trombone and electric guitar. Together, Blacksberg and Millevoi bring unique and versatile vocabularies to contemporary classical music as well as extensive individual experiences that span experimental, jazz, punk rock, and Jewish musics.  The duo’s music, formed over ten years of collaboration, propels beyond the boundaries of the classical tradition into a singular body of work that spans the unique breadth of its members’ personal vocabularies. Woodwindist Drew Ceccato has been heralded as a powerful and provocative improviser and performer whose work embodies a strong sense of the avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical musical traditions. His playing focuses on the spontaneous creation and consistent development of musical energy within composed and improvisational music. Currently, Ceccato lives in Oakland, CA where he can be heard playing in a number of different artistic settings along side musicians such as James Fei and Henry Grimes. He is a student at Mills College, studying and working with Roscoe Mitchell.

Roscoe Mitchell, internationally renowned musician, composer, innovator, and Distinguished Milhaud Professor of Music at Mills College, began his distinguished career in the spirited 1960s of Chicago, Illinois. His role in the resurrection of long neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, his innovation as a solo woodwind performer, and his reassertion of the composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for five decades. A leader in the field of avant-garde jazz and contemporary music, Mr. Mitchell is a founding member of the world renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and the Trio Space. He has recorded over 87 albums and has written over 250 compositions, ranging from classical to contemporary, from wild and forceful free jazz to ornate chamber music.