August 2007

International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 8:00pm

Jenny Scheinman Quartet

Jenny Sheinman, violin
Nels Cline, el. guitar
Todd Sickafoose, double-bass
Jim Black, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for an evening with critically-acclaimed violinist and emerging Americana vocalist Jenny Scheinman performing with her new quartet featuring Nels Cline, Jim Black and Todd Sickafoose.

Voted the #1 Rising Star Violinist for five consecutive years (2003 -2007) by Down Beat magazine's Critics' Polls, Jenny Scheinman's audacious string work is catching the attention of top music critics, Grammy Award-winning artists and fans alike. After moving to New York City in 1999, her Bay Area ties with producer Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Kelly Joe Phelps) and musicians Lee Alexander (Norah Jones) and Adam Levy (Norah Jones) soon led to her appearances on several internationally celebrated recordings including Norah Jones' Come Away With Me (2002, Eight Grammy Awards) and Bill Frisell's Unspeakable (2004 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album). Most recently, Scheinman penned all the string arrangements for Lucinda Williams' new album, West.

Amidst recording sessions for both her much-anticipated fourth full-length instrumental record and debut vocal release (the two titles are due out in early 2008), Scheinman hits the road with Wilco's lead-guitar genius Nels Cline, "downtown" NYC drum kingpin Jim Black and longtime Ani DiFranco collaborator/bassist Todd Sickafoose. The upcoming August dates mark their first tour together as a quartet, although they've appeared alongside one another in varying ensembles over the years. Scheinman, Cline and Sickafoose initially became acquainted in the late 1990s as they all were integral members of the Scott Amendola Band. Scheinman has since worked with Cline, whom Rolling Stone magazine recently pegged as one of the "Top 20 New Guitar Gods," both on stage and in the studio with Carla Bozulich. Cline is set to release his latest Nels Cline Singers recording effort, Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone), on June 26 of this year. As for Jim Black, Scheinman says, "Hands down, Black is the most exciting drummer to see live." His musical brilliance caught her attention several years back with a life changing show she witnessed in San Francisco with Dave Douglas' ensemble, Tiny Bell Trio. Shortly after moving to NYC, Scheinman landed in a band with the underground drum legend, and after some years, they once again hit the stage together.

Two cardinal albums rest on the near horizon for Scheinman. Her follow-up to 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone) features Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Doug Weiselman, Ron Miles, Kenny Wollesen, Tim Luntzel and a chamber string orchestra. The mix of ambitious songs eminently acknowledge the improvisatory nature of her music, and fluidly interchange between arching landscape-esque pieces, hard groove, comedic compositions and her farthest-reaching jazz arrangements to date. A collaboration of champion innovators from both worlds of jazz and Americana music, Scheinman and her quartet will showcase tracks from her previous three albums, and will introduce several newly sketched instrumental tunes.