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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:00pm

John Zorn’s Simulacrum

John Medeski, organ
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Kenny Grohowski, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present Simulacrum, the prog-metal organ trio of Downtown alchemist composer, John Zorn.

The most extreme organ trio ever, Simulacrum is yet another wild new direction from maverick composer John Zorn, who continues to explore new worlds and new ensembles into his sixth decade. Passionately performed by the unusual all-star trio of John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Matt Hollenberg (Cleric) and Kenny Grohowski (Abraxas) this is powerful and fascinating music. Described as Tony Williams' Lifetime on steroids, the group performs dramatic through-composed pieces that unfold with a cinematic logic. This genre bending music defies classification, touching upon metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, noise and more. Filled with heavy riffs , firey solos, and improvisational madness, the trio's second release, The True Discoveries of Witches and Demons, is out on Zorn's own Tzadik label.

Born and raised in New York City, composer/performer John Zorn has been a central figure in the Downtown Scene since 1975, incorporating a wide variety of creative musicians into various compositional formats. His work is remarkably diverse and draws inspiration from art, literature, film, theatre, philosophy, alchemy and mysticism, as well as music. He founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the East Village performance space The Stone and has edited and published seven volumes of musician’s writings under the title ARCANA. One of the most well known keyboardists in the downtown scene, John Medeski has toured the world with the hugely successful band Medeski, Martin and Wood. He has also worked with artists as diverse as Phil Lesh, John Scofield, Iggy Pop, Dewey Redman and many others. He has been a mainstay in the work of John Zorn since the early 90s, and appears on no less than 24 of his CD projects. Brought up in a musical household in Miami, 29-year-old drummer, Kenny Grohowski has been performing since the age of 14. He has worked with many artists, including Vernon Reid, Corey Unger, Emeline Michel, Peter Cincotti, Jorge Sylvester, Bobby Sanabria, Bill T. Jones, Rory Stuart, Cassandra Wilson, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Giovanni Hidalgo, John Benitez, Francis Mbappe, Domingo Quinones, and Bobby Valentin. A native of Philadelphia, guitarist/composer Matt Hollenberg is a founding member of the extreme metal band Cleric.