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Wed Oct 18 17:38:09 EDT 2006

For Immediate Release.
Contact: Mark Christman, Ars Nova Workshop, markc at op.net, 215-805-3376

Ars Nova Workshop presents:

Thursday, November 2 | 6pm
Writers House | University of Pennsylvania
3805 Locust Walk
Free Admission

The Library of Congress' Larry Appelbaum and acclaimed writer Francis Davis
hold an open discussion regarding the impact of recently uncovered
Monk/Coltrane tapes.

>From the Library of Congress press release:
At a press conference today in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress
announced that historically significant concert tapes, featuring the
legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and iconic saxophonist
John Coltrane, had been uncovered in the Library¹s recorded sound collection
during preparation for preservation. The 1957 tapes were recorded at
Carnegie Hall by the Voice of America (VOA) for broadcast overseas but have
never been heard in the United States. The VOA concert tapes also include
performances that same evening by the late Ray Charles, tenor saxophonist
Sonny Rollins, the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and the Zoot Sims Quartet with
Chet Baker.

³These tapes are a major find for scholars, musicians and collectors of
post-war jazz,² said Larry Appelbaum, the Library¹s recording engineer and
jazz specialist in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound
Division, who found the tapes among material to be digitized as part of the
Library¹s continuing audio preservation program. ³A significant discovery
like this reminds us why it¹s so important to preserve these unique
materials.² The announcement was made as part of a press briefing on
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington¹s annual selection of 50 sound
recordings for the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the
National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible
for annually selecting recordings that are ³culturally, historically or
aesthetically significant.² The list can be found on the Library¹s Web site
at www.loc.gov.

The content of VOA¹s original 10-inch mono acetate tapes of the Carnegie
Hall concert will be preserved in high-resolution digital files, which will
be stored and backed up on the Library¹s servers. Along with introductions
by VOA program host Willis Conover, the tapes feature approximately 55
minutes of previously unheard Monk and Coltrane and early and late show
performances by all of the groups who performed that evening. The Monk
Quartet with Coltrane plays ³Evidence,² ³Monk¹s Mood,² ³ Crepescule With
Nellie,² ³Nutty,² ³Epistrophy,² ³Bye-Ya, Sweet and Lovely² and ³Blue Monk.²

The Library of Congress holds the nation¹s largest public collection of
sound recordings (music and spoken word) and radio broadcasts. The
collection of nearly 3 million recordings representing almost every sound
recording format includes more than 500,000 LPs, 450,000 78-rpm discs,
500,000 unpublished discs, 200,000 compact discs, 175,000 tape reels,
150,000 45-rpm discs and 75,000 cassettes. Among the unusual formats in the
collection are wires, instantaneous discs, cylinders, music box discs,
rolls, bands, dictabelts and Memovox discs. The Library¹s collection
includes more than 50,000 VOA tapes and discs of musical events broadcast
from 1946-1988. The Library ¹s jazz collections include musical scores,
manuscripts, photographs and personal recording collections of Ella
Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, Carmen McRae, Billy Taylor, Charlie
Barnett, Louis Bellson and others.

Wednesday, November 8 | 8pm
with ANDREW D'ANGELO, alto saxophone; HILMAR JENSSON (Norway), el. guitar;
JIM BLACK, drums 

with Stephan Crump, bass; Liberty Ellman, guitar; Jamie Fox, el. guitar

Community Education Center | 3500 Lancaster Avenue
$12 General Admission

Hilmar Jensson graduated from Iceland¹s FIH School of Music in 1987 and from
the Berklee College of Music in 1991. In Boston he first met and began his
longstanding collaborations with many musicians who would go on to become
important members of the NYC downtown and Brooklyn jazz scene, including Jim
Black and Andrew D¹Angelo. Back in Iceland since 1994, Jensson has performed
and recorded in a wide variety of settings and appeared on over 40 albums,
including five as a leader or co-leader. Since 1999 Jensson has been a
member of Jim Black¹s AlasNoAxis, a critically acclaimed NYC-based quartet
that records for Winter & Winter and has toured extensively in the U.S. and
Europe. In addition, Jensson is a co-founder of the Icelandic art-collective
Kitchen Motors and has performed and/or recorded with Tim Berne, Leo Smith,
Kevin Drumm, Herb Robertson, Trevor Dunn, Chris Speed, Eyvind Kang and Arve
Henriksen among others in 25 countries.

Jim Black has been playing drums for 28 years. Born in 1967, he grew up in
Seattle, WA, playing music ranging from garage rock to big band swing. In
1985 he went to Boston, MA to attend the Berklee College of Music. During
this time he recorded numerous albums, performed in Europe and taught summer
classes at Berklee. In 1991 he moved to Brooklyn, NY, and has since become
one of the most in-demand drummers in the jazz/new music scene today. In
addition to co-leading and composing for the groups Pachora and Human Feel,
Jim has recorded and toured extensively with diverse groups including Ellery
Eskelin, Chris Speed's Yeah No, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Douglas' Tiny
Bell Trio, Uri Caine's Mahler, Bach, Mozart and Berio Projects, and Laurie
Anderson. Jim is currently recording and performing with his quartet
AlasNoAxis; his latest CD "Dogs of Great Indifference" is available on
Winter & Winter Recordings.

Andrew D'Angelo is a bass clarinetist, alto saxophonist, composer,
electronic artist, graphic designer, light sculptor, and videographer living
in Brooklyn, New York.  His trio MORTHANA (which includes Norwegian
musicians Anders Hana and Morten Olsen) toured Europe in the spring of 2005;
their new recording has just been released on Doubtmusic (Japan) and
features drummer Mike Pride as a special guest. He also works and tours with
the Matt Wilson Quartet, a group he has performed with for the last 10 years
touring Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, and Mexico as well as Europe. They have
four CD¹s available on Palmetto. Last winter he was part of a Kitchen Motors
art installation in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Hilmar Jensson. Other
projects include a solo bass clarinet CD including works by himself, Michael
Rose, Stephan Larose, and Nissim Schaul.

Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio will perform music from their new release,
Rosetta, whose sound marks a departure from the more traditional ensembles
of Crump¹s previous outings to arrive at the rare concept of a drumless,
chamber-like trio of strings. The result is a collection of intricate,
narrative compositions set against a uniquely sparse, yet rich sonic
landscape.  Largely composed at home on the Rhodes piano from fragments
emerging during the period after September 11th, the songs are complex yet
immediate, and ever-so-slightly twisted. The melodies are unforgettable, and
their impact is quietly explosive.

Many discerning jazz listeners have come to know Stephan Crump from his
seven-year-and-counting association with the emerging piano great Vijay
Iyer, which has brought forth the albums Panoptic Modes, Blood Sutra, In
What Language? and Iyer¹s latest, Reimagining. Stephan has worked for nearly
as long with Liberty Ellman, notably on the Pi discs Tactiles and Ophiuchus
Butterfly. And together with Jamie Fox, Stephan performs and records with
his wife, the radiant singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, whose recent albums
Linger and Ready he also co-produced.

³I¹ve always been a part of several musical scenes in New York,² says
Stephan. A child of Memphis, he is strongly influenced by blues and R&B. He
is a pillar of the progressive jazz scene, but also the indie-pop scene and
various uncategorizables, such as Joel¹s Harrison¹s Free Country and (until
recently) Gregg Bendian¹s Mahavishnu Project. He¹s also drawn inspiration
from his film-scoring work for Miramax, HBO, Showtime, Bravo and Simple
Focus Films. Rosetta is Stephan¹s third solo release, following 1999¹s Poems
and Other Things (Papillon) and 2001¹s Tuckahoe (Accurate).

Liberty and Jamie were both fixtures on the scene in the San Francisco Bay
area and had toured internationally before arriving in New York in the 90s.
Aside from his own critically-acclaimed recording career, Liberty has been
featured in Henry Threadgill¹s innovative group, Zooid, and has performed
with other jazz visionaries like Steve Coleman and Greg Osby. An
accomplished jazz composer in his own right, Jamie also brings a folk, R&B
and blues perspective that has been heard with legends like Joan Baez and
Brother Jack McDuff.

On Rosetta, you can hear Stephan¹s omnivorous outlook filtering through.
Each song is its own compact universe, but the album tells a unified tale.
The coherence of Stephan¹s art is rare. And thanks to this rare and
imaginative lineup ­ bass and two richly contrasting guitars ­ his gifts are
nakedly and thrillingly apparent. Rosetta is jazz as it¹s never quite
sounded before. 

This concert is made possible with the support of the Community Education
Center (CEC).

Friday, November 10 | 8pm
with Kahil El'Zabar, drums/perc.; Billy Bang, violin; Renee Mclean, reeds;
Yoseph Ben Israel, double-bass


The Five Spot | 5 Bank Street
$12 General Admission

Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio is not about the return of the fire-breathing
brigades of the '60's, come back to reclaim musical space inhabited by a
young generation of buttoned-down post-bop clones. It is, rather, a very
current version of progressive improvisational music - eclectic in mood and
influence, willing and able to look back and reach forward; post-modern in a
sense but lacking, thankfully, that overdone post-modern taint, irony. The
Ritual Trio does music not just as a function, a gig, but actually a
celebration, a ceremony or ritual that codifies their purpose as human
beings through the gift of music.

Kahil El'Zabar is one of Chicago's jazz treasures. A member of the AACM,
music holds no boundaries for El'Zabar, who has not only played alongside a
myriad of jazz greats, but was in the bands of Stevie Wonder, Cannonball
Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nina Simone (who he also designed clothes
for), as well as recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog
Pondering and heading up the jazz/house outfit the JUBA Collective. He was
also chosen to do the arranging for the stage performances of The Lion King.
This is in addition to leading his own longstanding Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
and Ritual Trio.

The son of a drummer, El'Zabar took to music at an early age, and was
playing with members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago by his teens. While
attending college in the early '70s, El'Zabar was given the opportunity to
study mime with Marcel Marceau in Paris, but instead opted to use the money
to study in Ghana. He started the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble upon his return
in 1973, and while the lineup has changed over time, they are still an
active group. He has also released a great many albums under his own name,
including a long-running relationship with Chicago's great Delmark label.
Kahil El'Zabar is not just a master percussionist, either. His efforts as a
musician, educator, and community leader led to his being named "Chicagoan
of the year" in 2004 by the Chicago Tribune.

Sonic Liberation Front is a band without peers. The amorphous Philadelphia
unit has essentially created its own genre in its evolution as a band.
Combining free jazz with Afro-Cuban percussion and modern electronics, Sonic
Liberation Front has forged an incredible sound assemblage ­ one that has
sailed to new levels on Change Over Time. While others simply talk of
combining the ancient with the futuristic, SLF have done so. More than any
other band on the scene today, SLF is continuing on the paths of Sun Ra,
Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, and Art Ensemble of Chicago ­ new dimensions
of folk art forms of tomorrow.

After previous collaborations with such luminary jazz artists as Sunny
Murray, Andy Gonzales, and Badal Roy, SLF recruited veteran saxophonist
Julian Pressley (sideman for Illinois Jacquet and Odean Pope) into the fold
for Change Over Time. Pressley¹s contributions to the musical direction of
Kevin Diehl, a student of Murray, and Chuckie Joseph, a Yoruban cultural
scholar, gives the new version of SLF an incredibly authentic center that
the rest of the ensemble build on throughout Change Over Time¹s eight
diverse compositions.


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