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October 2, 2019

Please join us for Fred Frith’s first Philadelphia appearance in over 30 years, as part of the 2019 October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, keyboards, violin) and improviser Fred Frith needs little introduction to fans of adventurous music. The eclectic Englishman is a founding member of avant-rock pioneers Henry Cow, as well as being a member of such mind-warping bands as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, and John Zorn’s Naked City. He’s collaborated with a who’s-who of inventive and experimental musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Derek Bailey, The Residents, Lol Coxhill, Brian Eno, Mike Patton, Lars Hollmer, Bill Laswell, Iva Bittová, Jad Fair, Kramer, the ARTE Quartett, and Bob Ostertag.

The Fred Frith Trio teams the leader with a pair of gifted Bay Area musicians, bassist Jason Hoopes (OrkestRova, Scott Amendola) and drummer Jordan Glenn (Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra, tUnE-yArDs). The trio has released two albums on Intakt Records: Another Fucking Day in Paradise (2016), which All About Jazz described as a “hardcore off-centered delicacy;” and Closer to the Ground (2018), leading DownBeat’s Peter Margasak to describe the group as “a scrappy improvising trio.” For this rare Philadelphia appearance, the trio will be joined by live visual artist Heike Liss as well as trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, “one of the most exciting improvisers in the world” according to Downbeat magazine.

Cover: Fred Frith Trio
Wednesday, October 2


  • Performance

Program Info

$20 General Admission
21 & Over


Fred Frith Trio

  • Fred Frith – guitar
  • Jason Hoopes – bass
  • Jordan Glenn – drums
  • Susana Santos Silva – trumpet
  • Heike Liss – visual art


Johnny Brenda’s
Philadelphia, PA

  • Festival

The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music

Ars Nova Workshop presents The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music, a multi-venue experimental music festival Oct 1-31, 2019.