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Since 2000, Ars Nova Workshop has been “Philadelphia’s most reliable presenter of jazz and new music” (The Wire). We believe in the power of jazz and creative music to help us imagine and create the future. Whether online or in-person, please join us for our 2022/23 season of programs.

March 1, 7 & 9:30 PM
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The Bad Plus

Please join Ars Nova Workshop on Friday, March 1 at Solar Myth for two sets by the always irreverent and defiantly original The Bad Plus, now expanded to a quartet line-up featuring some of progressive jazz’s most revered artists.

Thursday, March 7
8:00pm
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The Griots Speak

Ars Nova Workshop presents the intriguing ensemble Griots Speak, a fusion of inside and outside sensibilities led by guitarist Charlie Apicella, at Solar Myth on Thursday, March 7.

Monday, March 11
8:00pm
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Ches Smith Laugh Ash

Ars Nova Workshop welcomes percussionist Ches Smith and his new project Laugh Ash to Solar Myth on Monday, March 11.

Saturday, March 16
8:00pm
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Tim Berne’s Bearclaw

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to prevent the return of renowned saxophonist Tim Berne with his new trio Bearclaw, featuring regular collaborators Gregg Belisle-Chi and Tom Rainey, at Solar Myth on Saturday, March 16.

Wednesday, March 20
8:00pm
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Horse Lords

Ars Nova Workshop presents the intricate and exacting music of Baltimore-based avant-rock band Horse Lords, at Solar Myth on March 20.

Sunday, March 24
8:00pm
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The Azar Lawrence Experience

Ars Nova Workshop presents a tribute to the late jazz icon Pharoah Sanders featuring the renowned saxophonist Azar Lawrence, at Solar Myth on March 24.

Wednesday, March 27
8:00pm
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Titan to Tachyons

Ars Nova Workshop presents the all-star jazz-metal group Titan to Tachyons at Solar Myth on Wednesday, March 27.

Friday, March 29
8:00pm
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Amirtha Kidambi & Elder Ones

Ars Nova Workshop presents the compellingly original vocalist/composer Amirtha Kidambi and her electroacoustic quartet Elder Ones at Solar Myth on Friday, March 29.

Saturday, March 30
6:00pm
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The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis

Ars Nova Workshop presents punk-jazz power trio The Messthetics, joined by fire-breathing saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, at Solar Myth on Saturday, March 30, 2024.

Thursday, April 4
8:00pm
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Frode Gjerstad’s Broken Compass

Ars Nova Workshop presents the generation-spanning Norwegian free improv quartet Broken Compass at Solar Myth on Thursday, April 4, 2024.

Thursday, April 11
8:00pm
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Archer / Caroline Davis + Wendy Eisenberg

Ars Nova Workshop presents the international improvisatory quartet Archer, with an opening set from Caroline Davis and Wendy Eisenberg, at Solar Myth on April 11, 2024. 

Saturday, April 13
8:00pm
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Qwanqwa

Ars Nova Workshop presents QWANQWA, a five-piece improvisatory ensemble based in Addis Ababa and dedicated to furthering Ethiopia’s unique musical traditions, on Saturday, April 13 at Solar Myth.

Thursday, April 18
8:00pm
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Setting

Ars Nova Workshop presents the experimental trio Setting at Solar Myth on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

Friday, April 19
8:00pm
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Wolf Eyes & Anthony Braxton

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the limitless pairing of experimental noise duo Wolf Eyes and iconic saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, at Solar Myth on Friday, April 19.

Saturday, April 20
8:00pm
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  • Residency

Wolf Eyes & Marshall Allen

Ars Nova Workshop presents the Detroit-based experimental noise duo Wolf Eyes along with the Sun Ra Arkestra's Marshall Allen and DMHotep at Solar Myth on April 20.

Friday, April 26
8:00pm
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Dave Douglas Gifts Trio

Ars Nova Workshop presents the ever-adventurous trumpeter Dave Douglas and his new Gifts Trio, featuring guitarist Ava Mendoza and drummer Kate Gentile, at Solar Myth on Friday, April 26, 2024.

Monday, April 29
8:00pm
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Bill Orcutt Guitar Quartet

Ars Nova Workshop presents “Music for Four Guitars,” a startlingly minimalist new composition by guitarist Bill Orcutt, founding member of infamous noise rockers Harry Pussy, at Solar Myth on April 29, 2024.

Sunday, May 5
8:00pm
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Chicago Underground Duo

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the return of the dazzling Chicago Underground Duo, the longstanding collaboration of Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor, at Solar Myth on Sunday, May 5, 2024.

Tuesday, May 7
8:00pm
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Even Odds

Ars Nova Workshop presents Even Odds, the risk-taking new trio featuring drummer Dan Weiss, saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Matt Mitchell, at Solar Myth on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

Thursday, May 9
8:00pm
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Jim White & Marisa Anderson

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the mesmerizing duo of drummer Jim White and guitarist Marisa Anderson at Solar Myth on Thursday, May 9.

May 10-11
8PM
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  • Residency

Tarbaby

Ars Nova Workshop presents a very special two-night residency by Tarbaby, the provocative and risk-taking trio of pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Nasheet Waits, joined by the powerhouse Ursula Rucker and Philadelphia poet laureate Kai Davis at Solar Myth on May 10-11, 2024.

Tuesday, May 14
8:00pm
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Nate Wooley Columbia Icefield

Ars Nova Workshop presents Columbia Icefield, the mesmerizing quartet led by the singular trumpeter-composer Nate Wooley, at Solar Myth on May 14.

Friday, May 17
8:00pm
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Kim Myhr & Sympathetic Magic

Ars Nova Workshop presents Norwegian guitarist Kim Myhr and his expansive, atmospheric project Sympathetic Magic at Solar Myth on Friday, May 17.

Saturday, May 18
8:00pm
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Donny McCaslin

Ars Nova Workshop is excited to present the genre-defying saxophonist Donny McCaslin, best known as the saxophonist on David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, at Solar Myth on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

Friday, May 31
8:00pm
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Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble

Ars Nova Workshop presents the award-winning flutist, composer and bandleader Nicole Mitchell with her exploratory Black Earth Ensemble at Solar Myth on Friday, May 31.

Friday, June 7
8:00pm
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Laurie Spiegel’s The Expanding Universe

Pioneering electronic music composer Laurie Spiegel and Dither present an evening of music from her iconic 1979 album The Expanding Universe, reimagined for four electric guitars, at Solar Myth on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

June 8-9
8PM
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  • Residency

Charlie Hall’s Invisible Ink

Ars Nova Workshop presents the return of The War on Drugs drummer Charlie Hall, celebrating the release of his all-star solo project Invisible Ink at Solar Myth on June 8-9, 2024.