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Venue:
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery1616 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $8 General Admission
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 8:00pm

Wally Shoup / C. Spencer Yeh / Ben Hall Trio

Wally Shoup, alto saxophone
C. Spencer Yeh, electronics + violin
Ben Hall, percussion

“I think improvising helps you discover your spontaneous self, the one that actually likes surprises and takes delight in free falling, free association, and caterwauling.  The longer this self stays in control, the better.  It’s just more open and creative than the analytical self. Of course, it has to learn its limits and not be destructive or domineering. So, I don’t look at improvising so much as catharsis, but as a means to access this spontaneous self and give it free reign.” – Wally Shoup

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a special performance by this explosive trio featuring saxophonist Wally Shoup, electronicist and violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and percussionist Ben Hall.

Seattle-based alto saxophonist Wally Shoup has been involved in improvised music as a creative artist, writer, organizer, and DJ since the mid-1970s.  His first album, 1981’s independently released Scree-Run Waltz, was a duo with percussionist Ross Rabin that showed Shoup creating a unique language equally influenced by European improvisation and Southern R&B, blues, and soul musics.  Over the course of his long and varied career he’s worked with Davey Williams, La Donna Smith, Evan Parker, Paul Flaherty, Jack Wright, Thurston Moore, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline, Reuben Radding, and many others.  He continues to help organize Seattle’s Improvised Music Festival as he has since 1985, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010 making it the country’s longest running US event of its kind.  In addition to his diverse involvement in improvised music, his paintings have been displayed in several galleries and appear on many of his album covers.

C. Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan 1975, and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is active both as a solo and collaborative artist, as well as with his primary project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh is focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics. As a sound artist/composer, Yeh explores with all aspects surrounding a work, aurally and physically, as elements key to the cumulative experience. He is concerned not only with the sensual aspects of 'sound organization,' but the gestural qualities as well. Yeh has collaborated with a deep and ever-growing list of artists and groups, including Tony Conrad, New Humans with Vito Acconci, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Amy Granat with Jutta Koether, Okkyung Lee, Justin Lieberman, John Wiese, Don Dietrich, Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, Prurient, and Jandek.

Ben Hall is a drummer, percussionist, tympanist and a founding member of the 1/4 speed Michigan chamber jazz group Graveyards, as well as a co-curator of the experimental label brokenresearch.  Other groups include Mêlée with cellist Hans Buetow and trumpeter Nate Wooley, Trauma with guitarist Chris Riggs, The New Monuments with Don Dietrich of Borbetomagus and C. Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core, a duo with violinist Mike Khoury, a duo with saxophonist Wally Shoup, a trio with Joe Morris and Chris Riggs, and a quartet with Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, and Chris Riggs.