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October 5, 2019

Please join us for Makaya McCraven’s first Philadelphia appearance as a leader as part of this year’s The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Makaya McCraven can best be described as a beat scientist. The cutting-edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process and intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called “a sound visionary” ( who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (, McCraven brilliantly moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven went on to develop his chops in Chicago and now represents a rising generation of globally-minded, genre-bending music makers as an artist as well as band leader. Through his unique, rarified performances and collaborations he unapologetically affirms our right to re-think and re-write the rules, any rules, and affirms other artists in their own exploratory evolutions.

McCraven’s breakthrough album In the Moment was a dramatic statement, with which he debuted a unique brand of “organic beat music” that quickly launched him into the vanguard of not only internationally-known jazz artists but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronic music. The album was named a “Best of 2015” selection for Los Angeles Times, Pop Matters, NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, and Apple Music, and hailed by Turntable Lab as “one of the most important recordings to date in the modern jazz world.”

Cover: Makaya McCraven / Photo by Leslie Kirchoff
Saturday, October 5


  • Performance

Program Info

$20 General Admission
21 & Over


  • Makaya McCraven – drums
  • Jeff Parker – guitar
  • Luke Stewart – bass
  • Joel Ross – vibraphone


Philadelphia, PA


This program is supported by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Related Media

Universal Beings, by Makaya McCraven (Bandcamp)

  • 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.