East Axis
Saturday, July 27
8:00 PM
  • Performance

Solar Myth
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
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This is a seated show.

Program Info

$30 General Admission
21 & Over


East Axis

  • Matthew Shipp — piano
  • Scott Robinson — horns
  • Gerald Cleaver — drums
  • Kevin Ray — bass

Ars Nova Workshop presents the visionary improvising quartet East Axis, featuring Matthew Shipp, Scott Robinson, Gerald Cleaver and Kevin Ray, at Solar Myth on Saturday, July 27.

Legendarily prolific pianist Matthew Shipp describes the music of East Axis as “trying to generate music from multiple premises, multiple points, multiple rhythmic foundations, and multiple harmonic foundations.” The band’s music on any given night is the result of the cumulative life experience of its members expressing itself in spontaneous musical conversation. That experience is formidable – Shipp, of course, is one of the foundational figures of the modern American avant-garde, while Cleaver is an investigatory drummer who has carried the Detroit jazz tradition into collaborations with innovators like Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Craig Taborn, Muhal Richard Abrams, Tim Berne and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. Ray is a veteran improviser who also co-founded the group 10³²K with Ku-umba Frank Lacy and Andrew Drury. Their newest addition, multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, veers from a deep knowledge of trad jazz to lengthy tenures with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the Mingus Big Band to truly experimental recordings with Marshall Allen, Roscoe Mitchell and Milford Graves.