Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 13
8:00pm

Sun Ra Arkestra / Sounds of Liberation

Marshall Allen 95th Birthday Celebration / Record Release Celebration

The Sun Ra Arkestra has been hailed as one of the greatest big bands of all time, and their maestro Marshall Allen will be celebrating his 95th “arrival day” this year! In celebration, Ars Nova Workshop is presenting the Arkestra with another legendary Philadelphia collective, Sounds of Liberation. Drummer-composer Eli Keszler, best known for his work with Laurel Halo and Oneohtrix Point Never, opens. 

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Friday, June 14
8:00pm

David Murray / Kahil El’Zabar Duo

Nearly a year to the date from their last sold-out Philadelphia appearance, David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar return to deliver a mesmerizing set of what has been described as “freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the propaganda of fear currently poisoning our culture.”

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Tuesday, June 18
7:00pm

Jennifer Walshe / Lary 7’s “Owl Movie”

Dreamweapons: A Musical Afterlife of Tony Conrad

Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. It kicks off with a double-bill featuring the Philadelphia debut of Jennifer Walshe and a screening of Lary 7’s Owl Movie.

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Thursday, June 27
8:00pm

HEVM / David Grubbs

Dreamweapons: A Musical Afterlife of Tony Conrad

Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. Tonight features the Philadelphia premiere of HEVM, the trio of MV Carbon, Eve Essex, and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix. David Grubbs, best known for his work with Gastr del Sol, opens.

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Thursday, July 11
8:00pm

Orcutt / Corsano Duo

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the galvanizing duo of guitarist Bill Orcutt, founding member of infamous noise rockers Harry Pussy, and electrifying avant-garde drummer Chris Corsano.

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Saturday, July 13
8:00pm

Charlemagne Palestine

Dreamweapons: A Musical Afterlife of Tony Conrad

As part of Dreamweapons, Ars Nova and the ICA’s series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad, Charlemagne Palestine performs on the organ at St. Mary’s Church.

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Friday, July 19
8:00pm

John Zorn’s Simulacrum

featuring John Medeski

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present Simulacrum, the prog-metal organ trio of Downtown alchemist composer, John Zorn.

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Sunday, July 21
3:00pm

Michael Morley’s Music for The Never Quartet

Dreamweapons: A Musical Afterlife of Tony Conrad

Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. The final performance in this series features The Dead C’s Michael Morley and his Music for the Never Quartet.

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From The Archive

With over 18 years of ambitious jazz and contemporary music activities, Ars Nova Workshop’s archive of past events is extensive. Stay tuned as we update our website archives and bring them online.