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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 8:00pm

Frode Gjerstad Trio + Steve Swell

Frode Gjerstad, saxophone + trumpet
Steve Swell, trombone
Johnny Ruun, bass
Paal Nilson-Love, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome back Frode Gjerstad's all-Norwegian trio featuring special guest, trombonist Steve Swell.

Gjerstad is a choice elicitor of out-of-the-ordinary elocutions, refusing gadgetry and reed-fueled bric-a-brac in favour of a strong sense of asymmetrical melody, trawling the improbable waters of curvilinear liberty in search of the most disparate notes, looking for composure while surrounded by havoc,” writes Paris Transatlantic Magazine about the Norwegian trumpeter and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. A powerful force on the Norwegian free-jazz scene, Gjerstad has worked with Evan Parker, Borah Bergman, Peter Brötzmann, Sabir Mateen, William Parker, Derek Bailey and Han Bennink. In 1984, Gjerstad founded the Circulasione Totale Orchestra, a large ensemble with a rotating personnel that has included leading experimental musicians such as Louis Moholo-Moholo and Lasse Marhaug. Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975.  He has toured and recorded with artists as musically diverse Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. Paal Nilssen-Love, who has collaborated with Gjerstad since he was 15 years old, has worked with Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee and Mats Gustafsson. Johnny Ruun has worked with Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale Orchestra on numerous occasions. This new trio has thus far released three live recordings – MIR, East Of West and HideOut. The trio’s most recent release, At Constellation (Circulasion Totale, 2015) also features Swell.