Jeff Parker & The New Breed
March 10, 2020 8:00pm
Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the return of guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Jeff Parker with his eclectic and autobiographical ensemble The New Breed.
A longtime member of the influential indie band Tortoise and a pillar of the Chicago jazz and experimental music scene, Jeff Parker is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers. With a prolific output characterized by musical ideas of angularity and logic, he draws from a wide variety of genres—from pop, rock, and jazz to new music—using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental forms. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract.
“Together they play grooves that ooze and wend, sounding like a broken trance, or like experimental hip-hop as science experiment.”
—The New York Times
Parker’s acclaimed 2016 release The New Breed was a retrospective tapestry that explored the multi-instrumentalist’s path both musically—as a potent compositional tribute to influences from J Dilla to Thelonious Monk to Charles Stepney—and personally, held together by literal fragments of his life’s work and aural snapshots, giving the album the feel of a sonic family photo album. The music grew out of a trove of home recordings, samples, and beat projects that Parker had assembled over a number of years, repurposed and reinvented through collaboration with a host of stellar musicians. The much-anticipated follow-up, Suite For Max Brown (Nonesuch Records/International Anthem), takes the concept even further, crafting a dizzyingly intricate blend of experimental R&B, multi-hyphenate jazz, and psychedelic electronica.
$20 General Admission
21 & Over
Music video, “Max Brown,” Jeff Parker & The New Breed, filmed and directed by Mikel Patrick Avery, from Suite for Max Brown, International Anthem, Chicago. (YouTube)