June 2007

Rose Recital Hall, Fisher Bennett-Hall (UPenn)34th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 8:00pm - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 8:00pm

In The Country

Morten Qvenild, piano
Roger Arntzen, double-bass
Pål Hausken, drums

In The Country is a piano trio consisting of piano player Morten Qvenild, bass player Roger Arntzen and drummer Pål Hausken.

Morten Qvenild is probably best known for being the orchestra in Susanna and the Magical Orchestra but has plenty more to show for. He has been a member of both Shining and Jaga Jazzist and is a member of Solveig Slettahjell´s Slow Motion Orchestra. He formed In The Country with fellow music students Roger Arntzen and Pål Hausken at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 2003. Since then they have been selected best young jazz artists in Norway, played concerts in Europe and USA and released their debut album This Was The Pace Of My Heartbeat (Rune Grammofon 2005) to much critical acclaim.

Their newest album Losing Stones, Collecting Bones is 11 brand new Qvenild originals recorded in the legendary Atlantis Studio in Stockholm, home of the first classic Abba recordings. Avant-garde guitarist and downtown NYC icon Marc Ribot is participating on this record. Also the Swedish singer Stefan Sundström has joined forces with this unusual piano trio.

Noah Howard-Muhammad Ali Duo
Noah Howard, alto saxophone
Muhammad Ali, drums


One of free jazz's more enigmatic figures, alto saxophonist Noah Howard was documented so infrequently on record and spent so much time living in Europe that the course of his career and development as a musician remain difficult to trace, despite a late-1990s renewal of interest in his music. Howard was born in New Orleans in 1943 and began playing music in church as a child. He started out on trumpet (the instrument he played in the military during the early 1960s) but subsequently switched to alto, and got in on the ground floor of the early free jazz movement. Most influenced by Albert Ayler, Howard made his debut as a leader for the groundbreaking ESP label, recording a pair of dates in 1966 (Noah Howard Quartet and At Judson Hall). Dissatisfied with the reception accorded his music -- and the avant-garde movement in general -- in America, Howard relocated to Europe, where he initially lived in France. He played with Frank Wright in 1969, and in 1971, he recorded with Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink (among others) on Patterns, which was issued on his own AltSax label. Howard recorded a bit for FMP in the mid-1970s, and in 1979 also did a track for France's Mercury division, "Message to South Africa," that went unissued due to its militancy. Howard flirted with jazz-funk sometime in the 1980s and early 1990s, a phase that went largely undocumented. He returned to free jazz in the late 1990s and began recording for labels other than AltSax, including CIMP (1997's Expatriate Kin), Cadence (1999's Between Two Eternities), Ayler (Live at the Unity Temple), and Boxholder (2001's Red Star). Thanks to the relative increase in visibility, Howard began to get more of his due as an early avant-garde innovator.