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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 8:00pm

Jemeel Moondoc Trio

Jemeel Moondoc, alto saxophone
Hill Greene, bass
Chad Taylor, drums

“Moondoc can evoke the bluesy openness of Ornette Coleman, the articulateness of Jimmy Lyons and the harsh tones of Albert Ayler. He can fire off pyrotechnics, but he doesn't just shriek and moan; he uses his technique to create long wordless narratives, shifting from a sprint into aching, ballad-like phrases or pressuring a bright melody until it cracks.” – Jon Pareles, New York Times

Join Ars Nova Workshop for a special performance by legendary Loft Era saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc in trio with bassist Hill Greene and drummer Chad Taylor. Jemeel Moondoc was inspired to pursue a musical life after hearing pianist Cecil Taylor, and he soon after began studying with Taylor at University of Wisconsin, Madison and Antioch College. He moved to New York City in 1972 and co-founded one of the most innovative Loft Era groups, Ensemble Muntu, whose various configurations included Arthur Williams, William Parker, Mark Hennen, Rashid Sinon, Rashid Bakr and Roy Campbell. Moondoc has been active ever since, and in recent years he has worked with Hamid Drake, John Voight and frequently with long time collaborator William Parker. For this trio performance, Moondoc will be joined by bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Chad Taylor. Collectively, these two extremely talented musicians have worked with Cecil Taylor, Rashied Ali, Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts, Rob Mazurek, Marc Ribot, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Mary Halvorson, Ken Vandermark, Marilyn Crispell, and many others.