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Venue:
International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 8:00pm

The New Mellow Edwards

Chris Speed, saxophone + clarinet
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone + guitar
Mary Halvorson, guitar
Trevor Dunn, bass
Matt Moran, vibraphone
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Ches Smith, drums

"A smart ensemble that harnesses the forward thrust of rock in the service of an almost chamber-like group cohesiveness.”  - Nate Chinen, New York Times

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present this special concert by a septet version of Curtis Hasselbring's The New Mellow Edwards for a performance of a new piece titled “Number Stations.”

Curtis Hasselbring’s The New Mellow Edwards is his acclaimed quartet featuring Trevor Dunn, John Hollenbeck and Chris Speed that defies traditional jazz conventions and favors primal garage rock-derived grooves, textural explorations and classically-influenced structures.  Their performances are, often simultaneously, humorous, dark, accessible and exciting.  This evening's event centers around an extended version of the group featuring special guests Mary Halvorson, Matt Moran, Satoshi Takeishi, and Ches Smith will replace Hollenbeck on drums, resulting in a star-studded septet whose members have worked with everyone from Anthony Braxton to Mr. Bungle to the Claudia Quintet. The group will be performing Hasselbring's new piece titled "Number Stations" inspired by shortwave radio stations that broadcast random series of five-digit numbers.  Employed since the early 20th century, this technology has been widely believed to transmit coded messages for agents abroad.  For this unique conceptual piece, each musician will be given tasks relating to working with and decoding five-digit numbers.