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Venue:
Bartram's Garden, Coach House54th Street & Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 8:00pm

Phantom Orchard

Zeena Parkins, electric harp
Ikue Mori, laptop electronics

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a rare performance from Phantom Orchard, the remarkable improvisational duo of Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori, at historic Bartram's Garden, America's oldest botanic garden.  Complimentary spiced apple cider and snacks. Featuring a special site-specific installation from LURE - Lighting for Urban Rooftop Environments.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Zeena Parkins is well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp, as well as extending the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of digital and analog processing. She has appeared on over 70 CDs and in hundreds of concerts in both large and small spaces all over the world. A lightning bolt of a performer, she is a sought after collaborator, performing with Jim O'Rourke, Nels Cline, Lee Renaldo and Pauline Oliveros. Special projects have included touring and recording with Bjork, Tin Hat Trio, Yoko Ono, Don Byron, Butch Morris and John Zorn.

Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. As a drummer, she formed the seminal No Wave band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music. In the mid 1980s Mori started to employ drum machines within the context of improvised music, quickly forging her own highly sensitive and unique style. She has performed with Ensemble Modern with Zeena Parkins and composer Fred Frith, and currently performs and records with Mephista with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, and John Zorn's Electric Masada.

The performance of Phantom Orchard is made possible by a grant from the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts.

The Baird Sisters
Meg Baird, guitar + vocals
Laura Baird, banjo + vocals

The Baird Sisters draw heavily on a domestically and socially-performed traditional and composed music that existed in the Southern Appalachians from the colonial era to the early part of the 20th century. Unimpeded by strict revivalism or academic approaches, Laura and Meg's relationship to this tradition is highly personal and heavily focused on what draws them most to it: pathos, pentatonic and modal music, and acoustic instruments with dense histories and beautiful tones. Their new arrangements and compositions offer this familiar form of American folk music an identity past its well-documented historical markers and now half-century past revival movement. The Baird Sisters have been working on their combined repertoires for over 20 years. Most recently Laura's primary instrument has been 5-string banjo played in the "clawhammer" style. Meg is a founding member of the experimental folk-based ensemble Espers (Drag City).