Mike Reed’s Separatist Party
Two-night Residency
June 13 & 14
  • Performance

Solar Myth
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
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This is a seated show.

Program Info

$25 General Admission
21 & Over


Mike Reed’s Separatist Party

  • Mike Reed – drums
  • Ben LaMar Gay – cornet, flutes, percussion
  • Marvin Tate – vocals
  • Cooper Crain – guitar, synth
  • Dan Quinlivan – keyboards, percussion
  • Rob Frye – saxophones, flute, percussion

Ars Nova Workshop presents Mike Reed’s Separatist Party, a stellar ensemble merging the Chicago drummer’s trio with the minimalist-psych trio of Bitchin Bajas.

Starting with minimal loops and adding concentric layers, Separatist Party creates a collage inspired as much by Don Cherry and Pharoah Sanders as by the Krautrock of Can, keyboard explorations of Terry Riley, and street preacher monologues.

Over the last two decades, Chicago-based musician, composer, bandleader and AACM-member Mike Reed has emerged as a dominant force within Chicago’s diverse artistic community, both through the music he makes and the live events he produces. In addition to leading or co-leading several working bands, all rooted deeply in jazz and improvised music, Reed is founding director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, the current programming chair of the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the owner and director of the acclaimed performing arts venues Constellation and Hungry Brain. Separatist Party brings together Reed’s trio featuring vocalist Marvin Tate and multi-instrumentalist Ben Lamar Gay with the mesmerizing synth eclecticism of Bitchin Bajas, last seen at Solar Myth with three unforgettable, sold out performances last December.

Cover: Mike Reed's The Separatist Party