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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 / $25 for both nights
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 8:00pm

Cleric (John Zorn's Masada)

The Music of John Zorn | Part II

Matt Hollenberg, el. guitar
Dan Kennedy, bass
Larry Kwartowitz , drums
Nick Shellenberger, keyboards + voice

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present four extraordinary ensembles performing the work of maverick composer John Zorn over two nights. Tonight, Cleric and Uri Caine perform the music of John Zorn's Masada!

Led by guitarist Matt Hollenberg, Cleric is a Philadelphia quartet that twists doom, grind, math-core, and sinister Badalamenti keyboards into convoluted shapes that suggest a choreographed multi-vehicle collision.

After two self-released EPs and a 12” single on UK label Sound Devastation, Cleric released its first full-length in 2010 and an additional 7” in 2014 on Secret Chiefs 3 mastermind Trey Spruance’s imprint, Web of Mimicry. It’s a fitting home for Cleric who continue in Mimicry’s lineage of high-concept, genre-bending avant-metal, like that of labelmates’ Estradasphere and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.

In March 2014, Cleric was invited by John Zorn to interpret his third book of Masada compositions, Beriah, at a daylong program as part of Town Hall’s Newish Jewish Festival. Evan Haga from Jazz Times writes, “[Cleric] actualized the Masada M.O. of fusing the ancient and the contemporary: they zigzagged through tricky, rapid-fire klezmer-like melody in unison and harmony as if they were [klezmer clarinetist] Dave Tarras, the Soft Machine, and hardcore on equal footing.” Cleric’s second full-length, Retrocausal, and its adaptation of Beriah are both due in 2016.

Uri Caine (John Zorn's Masada)
Uri Caine, Fender Rhodes

Uri Caine is a musician of astonishing virtuosity and versatility. Coming out of the legendary Philly Jazz scene, his playing is an encyclopedia of styles from Tatum to Evans and beyond. Virtuosic and soulful, expect his interpretations from Masada Book Two to be an absolute tour-de-force.

In addition to performing solo and with his own ensemble, Caine has worked with groups, including those led by by Don Byron, Sam Rivers, Clark Terry, Arto Lindsay,John Zorn and Barry Altschul. He has also performed with the Woody Herman Band, the Enja Band, and Global Theory. Caine has appeared at many jazz festivals including the What is Jazz? Festival, the Texaco Jazz Festival (New York), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Across the Borders (Berlin), and the Newport Jazz Festival. Appearances at classical music festivals include the Salzburg Festival, the Holland Festival, and the Israel Festival. Caine is the recipient of grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.