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Venue:
Ardmore Music Hall23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA Map
http://www.ardmoremusic.com/directions/
Price: $29 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $40 Reserved
Sponsored by:
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Bad Plus

Night School

Ethan Iverson, piano
Reid Anderson, bass
Dave King, drums

As part of its new partnership with the Ardmore Music Hall, Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present The Bad Plus in what will likely be the revered trio’s final Philadelphia-area performance with co-founding pianist Ethan Iverson, before Philly’s own Orrin Evans shakes things up in 2018.

 

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.

“It’s about as badass as highbrow gets,” writes Rolling Stone, while The New Yorker says, “if this piano trio wants to play as loud as a rock band...well, let 'em rip....these bad boys have the musicianship to back up their attitude.”

The Bad Plus have cemented their place as an original music ensemble in recent years, though their most recent release, It's Hard, marked the trio’s return to an aspect of their roots, the very thing that first made The Bad Plus famous: the deconstruction of songs from the Pop/Rock and R&B worlds. Prior to that, however, except for their interpretation of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, their last four albums focused almost exclusively on original compositions. Since coming together as a collective trio 17 years ago, The Bad Plus has been considered among the tightest, hardest-working bands in the world, without a line-up change or even a one-night substitution in 17 years. That all changes after 2017, however, when Ethan Iverson moves on to new horizons and Orrin Evans steps in, making this performance a crucial opportunity to catch the band in its original form.