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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 7:00pm

Sonic Liberation 8 & the Classical Revolution Trio meets Oliver Lake

Oliver Lake, alto saxophone
Kevin Diehl, drums, bata, percussion
Elliot Levin, soprano + tenor saxophones, flute
Veronica MJ, viola
Connor Przybyszewski, trombone
Matt Engle, acoustic bass
Nichola Rivera, bata + percussion
Ron Howerton, bata + percussion
Tom Lowery, drums + percussion
Russell Kotcher, violin
Eric Coyne, cello
Melanie Hsu, cello

Ars Nova Workshop is proud to present Oliver Lake with the Sonic Liberation 8 and the Classical Revolution Trio. This very special performance will feature two pieces composed by Lake specifically for SL8 and the Classical Revolution Trio, and a third piece arranged specifically for the multi-faceted ensemble.

Composer, saxophonist, poet and Guggenheim Fellow, Oliver Lake is one of jazz's most prolific and eclectic artists of the last 40 years. Oliver Lake is known for everything from his solo saxophone performances and recordings; to his solo music-theater work; to his reggae-jazz group Jump Up; to his work as a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet; to his Oliver Lake Big Band; to the Oliver Lake Steel. Lake was a founding member of the Black Artists Group (BAG) in St Louis in the 1970's where he grew up with trumpeter Lester Bowie and pianist John Hicks. He has received multiple commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and his works have been performed by the Arditti String Quartet, the World Saxophone Quartet, the Amherst Sax Quartet, violinist Regina Carter, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the San Francisco Contemporary Players, New York New Music Ensemble, and Pulse Percussion Ensemble of New York. He has worked with a wide range of artists including the pop singer Björk, rocker Lou Reed, jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, and rap group A Tribe Called Quest. Other projects include a collaboration with writer and law professor Patricia Williams, and the Quagmire Trio with komungo player Jin Hi Kim and bassist William Parker. Also an exhibiting visual artist, Lake continues to perform worldwide with his own ensembles as well as in Trio 3, the long-standing cooperative trio with percussionist Andrew Cyrille and bassist Reggie Workman (sometimes augmented by pianist Geri Allen). Lake spent time in Cuba this past year through the American Composers Forum.

Under the leadership of Kevin Diehl, Sonic Liberation 8 realizes commonalities among the progenitors of ancient Lukumi composition, the Loft Jazz scene in 1970s New York, and new music composers and performers. As Sonic Liberation Front, they have consistently won international critical acclaim and have been named #1 or Top 10 by The Village Voice, All About Jazz, Jazziz, and more. The band has recorded six internationally-distributed albums, including their 2011 release Sonic Liberation Front Meets Sunny Murray (High Two) and their latest release, Jetway Confidential (High Two, December 2012). Members of the octet come well-credentialed for this unique musical amalgam, having performed or recorded with Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, William Parker's Tone Motion Theatre, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Shot by Shot, Tim Berne, The Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, Tyrone Hill’s Deep Space Posse, Ochan la Ocha (Lukumi drum ensemble), Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, and The Prometheus Chamber Orchestra.

Ars Nova Workshop welcomes the return of bandleader Kevin Diehl, who we commissioned in 2009 to compose a piece commemorating Sun Ra which was performed as part of the Institute for Contemporary Art's installation “Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-1968.”