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Venue:
International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 8:00pm

Tim Berne's Bloodcount

Tim Berne, alto saxophone
Chris Speed, tenor saxophone + clarinet
Michael Formanek, contrabass
Jim Black, drums

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for the return of Tim Berne's Bloodcount, making one of their first appearances in nearly 10 years.

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne moved to New York in 1974, sought Julius Hemphill out, and entered into an apprenticeship with the elder musician. In 1979, Berne began issuing his own albums on his Empire label and over the next five years he would record and distribute five albums under his own name which included such musicians as Olu Dara, Paul Motian, John Carter, Nels Cline and Bill Frisell. Following two recordings for the Italian Soul Note label, Berne recorded Fulton Street Maul and Sanctified Dreams for Columbia Records. These recordings coincided with an increasingly active worldwide touring schedule.

In 1988, Berne began a long relationship with the JMT label with the first of two recordings with the co-operative Miniature (with Joey Baron and Hank Roberts). Berne's JMT legacy climaxed with the historic Paris Concerts given by his quartet Bloodcount, released in three volumes (Lowlife, Poisoned Minds and Memory Select). Berne once again founded his own record label, Screwgun Records, and released a three CD set of live recordings by Bloodcount, Unwound. Tim Berne has continued to perform and record with his bands, Big Satan (with Marc Ducret), Paraphrase (with Drew Gress), Science Friction (with Ducret and Craig Taborn) and Hard Cell.

Bloodcount certainly stands as one of the highlights of Tim Berne's multifaceted musical career. The band was one of Berne's principal creative outlets during the 1990s and a fertile ground for his unique compositional and improvisational approaches. For much of the decade, Bloodcount retained the stable lineup of alto and baritone saxophonist Berne, bassist Michael Formanek, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, and drummer Jim Black, and the foursome's high level of musical empathy was characteristic of the best long-term working ensembles.