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On February 17, Ars Nova Workshop presents a free concert at The Rotunda with William Hooker's Two Sides of Now and Norwegian duo Vertex. Tonight (February 11) on WRTI’s premier jazz program The Bridge, host J. Michael Harrison interviews William Hooker. Broadcasting live at 10pm (EST) from WRTI’s headquarters at Temple University, you can stream the interview here.

Along with Dave Burrell's Echo, Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, and Sunny Murray's Sunny's Time Now, drummer William Hooker's Is Eternal Life is one of the greatest documents of the early free jazz movement and the Loft era. Crossing genres and mediums, from poetry and music to visual art, Hooker has not just adapted to the changing currents of creative music, but has been a pioneering figure. His recent collaborators include musicians from diverse scenes including Sonic Youth founders Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, as well as turntablists like Christian Marclay and DJ Olive. The work of this foundational improviser and composer continues to be explosive and forward-thinking, and for this concert he'll be joined by guitarist Dave Ross and trumpeter Matt Lavelle, who have worked with William Parker, Daniel Carter, Rashid Bakr, and Sabir Mateen. 

Making their Philadelphia debut, Norwegian electroacoustic duo Vertex will provide an opening set. Their debut album, shapes & phases, was released last year on Ingar Zach's renowned SOFA label, and was mixed and mastered by leading Italian experimentalist Giuseppe Ielasi. This is a very rare appearance – 1 of only 5 East Coast dates - by this improvising unit that mixes lowercase drones, noise, and indefinable electronic blips to create delicately swirling soundscapes similar to groups like Supersilent, Koboku Senju, and Emeralds. 

William Hooker's Two Sides of Now and Vertex perform on Thursday, February 17 at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street).