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Venue:
FringeArts140 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 8:00pm

ICP Orchestra

Uri Caine, piano
Han Bennink, drums
Ab Baars, clarinet + tenor saxophone
Thomas Heberer, trumpet
Tristan Honsinger, cello
Michael Moore, alto saxophone + clarinet
Ernst Glerum, double-bass
Mary Oliver, violin
Wolter Wierbos, trombone
Tobias Delius, clarinet + sax

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present a double bill featuring the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra and the duo of Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley.

“If you can imagine a piece of music as an object that can be picked up and looked at from many angles and maybe even turned inside out,” writes MTV.com, “you can begin to understand the ICP Orchestra's approach to making and treating music.”

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) is a collective of Dutch composers and improvisers (and instant composers) that was formed in 1967 by Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. The corresponding artist-run ICP Records has released over 40 albums, and is the longest running label of its kind. (The label is offering ICP retrospective box set release, the ICP Box, which will include 52 CDs, a photobook and original artwork by Bennink, whose work adorns many past ICP releases.) “If you can imagine a piece of music as an object that can be picked up and looked at from many angles and maybe even turned inside out,” writes MTV.com, “you can begin to understand the ICP Orchestra's approach to making and treating music.”

Over the years, the always-evolving ICP Orchestra has collaborated with giants of the experimental music world, such as Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, John Tchicai and Alan Silva. The current line-up for the ICP Orchestra consists of nine of the most innovative voices from around the globe, including co-founder and drummer Bennink, the saxophonists/clarinetists Michael Moore and Ab Baars, and the trombonist Wolter Wierbos. (ICP co-founder Mengelberg will not be performing tonight.) From ragtime to swing, bop to free jazz, classical to carnival, the ICP Orchestra continues to be at the forefront of the creative music scene they helped create over four decades ago.

Vandermark/Wooley Duo
Ken Vandermark, saxophone
Nate Wooley, trumpet

Chicago saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley had been operating in each other's orbits for several years- having worked together with Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, and Terrie Ex- before putting together their duo project in October 2013, when they toured the United States for the first time.  With this unique ensemble, they deal directly with each other's iconoclastic compositional and improvisational vocabularies, and have created a book of original material that takes inspirational cues from the under-appreciated work of John Carter and Bobby Bradford (two of their compositions are part of the group's repertoire).  Vandermark and Wooley have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into the raw and intimate context of this duo.

The duo recorded an album comprised of live and studio material, East by Northwest, released in December 2014 as a collaboration between Wooley's Pleasure of the Text Records and Vandermark's Audiographic Records.