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jaimie branch: FLY or DIE

Saturday, March 19

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the irreverent and exploratory trumpeter jaimie branch and her stunning quartet Fly or Die, in a live performance at the historic Philadelphia Art Alliance, scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2022.

jaimie branch and Fly or Die’s latest album, FLY or DIE LIVE (International Anthem, 2021), arrived in the midst of the pandemic era, reminding all of us what we’d lost as live performances were cancelled across the globe. Fly or Die’s unpredictability and audacious daring as an ensemble can be most fully appreciated in a live setting, making their return to Philly for this performance all the more vital and exciting.

jaimie branch is a Brooklyn-based improviser, composer and trumpeter whose work is primarily focused on expanding the sonic and technical limitations of the trumpet in free and improvised musics. Since branch’s debut as leader with the release of FLY or DIE in 2017, the Fly or Die quartet has evolved into one of the most exhilarating and tightrope-walking units in modern jazz. Featuring bassist Jason Ajemian, cellist Lester St. Louis and drummer Chad Taylor, the band is cosmic and confrontational, soaring and searing, able to grapple with controversial political ideas and transcend them into a gripping spiritual realm.

“At its peak, jaimie branch’s trumpet playing has the feeling of a prelingual shriek, a cry out into the distance that intuits no response.”
The Guardian

The serrated and visceral approach branch takes to her trumpet playing translates in vivid ways to the group dynamic of Fly or Die, which is malleable, raucous and nimble, shifting gears en masse at the prompting of any member to follow the mood of the moment. The band’s third album, FLY or DIE LIVE, captures that spontaneous spirit as well as the aggressive protestations of branch’s socially-conscious lyrics and vocals.

Cover: Jamie Branch. Photo by Abdesslar Mirdass.
Saturday, March 19


  • Performance

Program Info

$25 General Admission
All Ages


jaimie branch: FLY or DIE

  • jaimie branch – trumpet
  • Lester St. Louis – cello
  • Jason Ajemian – bass
  • Chad Taylor – drums


Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th 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

FLY or DIE LIVE, by jaimie branch.
Released May 21, 2021, International Anthem, Chicago. (Bandcamp)

Philadelphia Art Alliance

Founded by playwright Christine Wetherill Stevenson in 1915 and located in the former Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is considered one of the first multidisciplinary art spaces in the U.S. Its remarkable legacy included presenting the work of visionary writers, composers, dancers, musicians, sculptors and architects from Igor Stravinsky and Gertrude Stein to Martha Graham, Buckminster Fuller and Diego Rivera among many other dazzling luminaries.

In 2018, the celebrated Philadelphia Art Alliance merged with University of the Arts, uniting two century-old institutions as the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts.


The Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts is housed in a historic building with limited accessibility. Please be aware that there is no wheelchair access to the Art Alliance at this time. There are stairs leading up to the entrance of the Art Alliance and stairs leading up to each subsequent floor. If you have further questions about accessibility please contact Philadelphia Art Alliance by email at


Philadelphia Art Alliance remains committed to the health and safety of its visitors. We will continue to follow all guidelines and recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials. University of the Arts is a vaccine-required community, with few exceptions. As such, all Art Alliance guests must be fully vaccinated, and masks are required in the galleries.