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The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music

Roscoe Mitchell-Moor Mother Duo

October 1, 2019

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime kickoff event for the 2019 October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music!

Master saxophonist and recently-named NEA Jazz Master Roscoe Mitchell is one of the great innovators in creative music of the post-Coltrane, post-Ayler era. He has for over 50 years been a restless explorer of new forms, ideas, and concepts. In 1967, he founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago (originally the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble), a hugely influential collective whose motto – “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future” –  has been a rallying cry for adventurous artists for more than half a century. He is also distinguished as the founder of the Creative Arts Collective, The Roscoe Mitchell Sextet & Quartet, The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, The Sound Ensemble, The New Chamber Ensemble, and the Note Factory.

Earlier this year the Art Ensemble celebrated its 50th anniversary with the release of a stunningly varied new album, We Are On the Edge, newly configured as a large ensemble. The title comes from the words of Philadelphia-based musician, poet, and visual artist Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother. Ayewa has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Zonal (Godflesh’s Justin Broadrick and The Bug’s Kevin Martin), Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, MoorJewelry, and 700bliss. Her debut album as Moor Mother, Fetish Bones, was met with widespread critical acclaim, named #3 Best Album of the Year by The Wire magazine and #1 by Jazz Right Now, and has appeared on numerous end-of-year lists from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin magazine.

Cover: Moor Mother / Roscoe Mitchell
Tuesday, October 1


  • Performance

Program Info

$25 General Admission
21 & Over


  • Roscoe Mitchell – reeds & percussion
  • Moor Mother – vocals & electronics


Philadelphia, PA

  • 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.