Menu Close Donate

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

Thursday, January 27

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a special live performance by saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins in celebration of The 7th Hand, his latest release on Blue Note Records, at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia on January 27, 2022 at 8:00PM.

Commemorating the release of this much-anticipated sophomore outing, Wilkins and his stellar quartet — pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Daryl Johns, and drummer Kweku Sumbry — will premiere music from the new album’s seven-part suite during this homecoming performance.

In 2020, Brooklyn-based, Philadelphia-raised saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins released Omega, his Jason Moran-produced Blue Note debut, to great critical accolades. The New York Times named Omega best jazz album of the year, praising Wilkins’ quartet for “gliding and diving with a telepathic synergy through tunes that he composed with the nation’s racial ills in mind, and that thrive thanks to a buoyant, up-to-date sense of swing,” while JazzTimes referred to the album as “the most important debut jazz recording in years.”

Immanuel Wilkins’ music is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. The 7th Hand explores relationships between presence and nothingness across an hour-long suite comprising seven movements. “I wanted to write a preparatory piece for my quartet to become vessels by the end of the piece, fully,” says Wilkins. The album’s title is derived from a question steeped in Biblical symbolism: If the number 6 represents the extent of human possibility, Wilkins wondered what it would mean — how it would sound — to invoke divine intervention and allow that seventh element to possess his quartet.

Cover: Album art for The 7th Hand, Immanuel Wilkins, Blue Note Records, 2021.
Thursday, January 27


  • Performance

Program Info

$25 General Admission
All Ages


Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

  • Immanuel Wilkins – saxophone
  • Micah Thomas – piano
  • Daryl Johns – bass
  • Kweku Sumbry – drums


PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Health & Safety

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and the use of properly-fitted masks are required for entry to this program.

For more information, please consult our health and safety protocols.

Related Media

“Emanation,” by Immanuel Wilkins, from The 7th Hand.
Released December 1, 2021, Blue Note Records, UMG Recordings. (YouTube)


Housed in the historic Finney & Son building, a former showroom for mausoleums that dates back to 1865, The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) is a multipurpose art space that proudly showcases the best in underground, alternative, and DIY culture with a concentration on film and performance. PhilaMOCA hosts 300+ events a year ranging from film premieres to art exhibitions to fashion showcases. The mission is a mystery.


PhilaMOCA is dedicated to creating an open and accessible environment. There are two six inch steps at the building entrance, with ramp access available on request, as well as a variety of seating options available to those in need. Please contact PhilaMOCA at with any specific accessibility questions or concerns prior to your visit.


Proof of full vaccination and the use of properly-fitted masks are currently required for entry to all PhilaMOCA events. Proof of vaccination can be provided via physical card or photo.