John Zorn’s Simulacrum
featuring John Medeski
Friday, July 19, 2019
8:00 PM
  • Performance

416 Green Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Program Info

$20 General Admission
21 & Over



  • John Medeski – organ
  • Matt Hollenberg – el. guitar
  • Kenny Grohowski – drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present Simulacrum, the prog-metal organ trio of Downtown alchemist composer, John Zorn.

The most extreme organ trio ever, Simulacrum is yet another wild direction from maverick composer John Zorn, who continues to explore new worlds and new ensembles into his sixth decade. Passionately performed by the unusual all-star trio of John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Matt Hollenberg (Cleric), and Kenny Grohowski (Abraxas), this is powerful and fascinating music. Described as Tony Williams’ Lifetime on steroids, the group performs dramatic through-composed pieces that unfold with a cinematic logic. This genre bending music defies classification, touching upon metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, noise and more. White hot burning intensity from the mind of downtown NY’s eternally youthful hell-raiser performed by a virtuoso trio forged from the worlds of jazz and metal.

One of the most well known keyboardists in the downtown scene, John Medeski has toured the world with the hugely successful band Medeski, Martin and Wood. He has also worked with artists as diverse as Phil Lesh, John Scofield, Iggy Pop, Dewey Redman and many others. He has been a mainstay in the work of John Zorn since the early 90s, and appears on no less than 25 of his CD projects. Brought up in a musical household in Miami, drummer Kenny Grohowski has been performing since the age of 14. He has worked with many artists, including Vernon Reid, Secret  Chiefs 3, Lonnie Plaxico, Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, Imperial Triumphant, Bill T. Jones, Cassandra Wilson, and others. A native of Philadelphia, guitarist/composer Matt Hollenberg is a founding member of the extreme metal band Cleric.

Cover: Simulacrum at Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia. Photo by Ryan Collerd.