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Saturday, October 10, 2015 // 8:00 PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents Dave Burrell featuring Andrew Cyrille

$15 General Admission

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Dave Burrell, piano
Andrew Cyrille, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present a duo performance by two avant-garde jazz giants: Philadelphia pianist Dave Burrell and New York drummer Andrew Cyrille.

Burrell’s seminal work in the 1960s and 70s with Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Roscoe Mitchell, and David Murray, as well as his own groups, solidified his reputation as one of the most influential jazz pianists and composers of his generation. “Dave Burrell crams a century of jazz history into every chugging stride episode and churning dissonance,” writes Francis Davis for Village Voice. “Encyclopedic as well as eccentric, he's a living treasure." Based in Philadelphia since 1985, Burrell’s most recent work reflects a keen interest in his adopted hometown's historical role in the evolution of the jazz art form from its early ragtime and blues foundations. Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library commissioned a series of suites from Burrell, inspired by the museum’s Civil War archives, including 2010's "Portraits of Civil War Heroes," and "Civilians During Wartime," which debuts this month.

Andrew Cyrille, a Brooklyn-born drummer with Haitian roots, is perhaps best known for his work with the Cecil Taylor Unit, with whom he appears on Taylor's Unit Structures and Conquistador. Described by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as "an avant-garde eminence (with a) watchful, flowing pulse," Cyrille's loose-limbed, vodou-indebted approach lends kaleidoscopic dimension to essential free-jazz documents like Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and Marion Brown’s Afternoon of a Georgia Faun, as well as collaborations with Coleman Hawkins, Milford Graves, Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman, and Marilyn Crispell. In January, Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band, a 12-piece ensemble that performs its leader’s compositions, played for the first time at Lincoln Center, in New York City.