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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 8:00pm

Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano Duo

Joe McPhee, saxophones + trumpet
Chris Corsano, drums, bata, percussion

Ars Nova Workshop is proud to present multi-instrumentalists Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano in this special duo performance.

Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late 1960s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. He continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany. During his Army stint, he was first introduced to traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton's Freedom and Unity, recorded in 1967 and released in 1969, was the first recording on which McPhee appears. In 1968, he began playing the saxophone and since has investigated a wide range of instruments (including pocket trumpet, clarinet, valve trombone, and piano), with active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

As a leader during that time, McPhee recorded Underground Railroad (CJR, 1969), Nation Time (CJR, 1970), and Trinity (CJR, 1971) featuring Philadelphia's Harold E. Smith and Mike Kull. These recordings were described by All About Jazz in 2012 as albums that “define a period of time, and will forever stand as monuments in the era of civil rights. These are pieces of music with critical artistic values that represent what it is to express freely, while in the shadows of oppression. It is art expressed in all its glory and greatness, and McPhee is its prophet.”

A regular performer at William Parker’s Vision Festival, McPhee has recorded or performed with a host of the avant-garde’s finest and most radical voices including Parker, Hamid Drake, Pauline Oliveros, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. His longstanding group, Trio X, with Dominic Duvall and Jay Rosen has released many albums, including Rapture (Cadence Jazz, 1998).

Voted on of the 100 greatest drummers of alternative music by Spin Magazine (2013), drummer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Corsano creates ferociously dense improvisational soundscapes, augmenting his drumkit with found objects, household devices, and other auxiliary percussion. Working at the nexus of free jazz and rock, He has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Bjork, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Jim O’Rourke, Wally Shoup, Bill Orcutt, Paul Dunmall, Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs of Admittance, and more. Since 1998, he has toured and recorded extensively with saxophonist Paul Flaherty. His 2012 solo outing Cut (Hot Cars Warp) was described by Tiny Mix Tapes as “[ceasing] to be about the drums as we normally think of them, instead being a personally expressive vehicle that can mass rhythms or present a variety of singing and scraping tones... deftly attuned to emotion and curiosity.”

In 2012, McPhee and Corsano released Scraps and Shadows (Roaratorio), a collection of seven duets dedicated to musicians influential to the two performers, including Fred Anderson, Paul Flaherty, Han Bennink, and Jim Pepper.