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Thursday, February 19, 2015 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Lotte Anker-Craig Taborn-Gerald Cleaver Trio

$15 general admission

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to welcome Ars Nova Workshop as they present the trio Anker/Taborn/Cleaver.

Playing together since 2003, Anker/Taborn/Cleaver create music built on free improvisation, sometimes integrating compositional elements written or conceived by Lotte Anker. All About Jazz describes the group as having “a more-is-less aesthetic, where musical meanings must be inferred from reading between the (improvised) lines."

One of Scandinavia's strongest improvisational and free jazz performers, Lotte Anker has been praised many times over both for her command of her instruments and for her ability to lead ensembles in a way that truly fosters collaboration, invoking “not call-and-response, but response-and-response” (All About Jazz).  She leads the What River Ensemble, and plays as in a trio with Sylvie Courvoisier and Ikue Mori.  Anker has also played with Tim Berne, Marilyn Crispell, Herb Robertson, Paal Nilssen-Love, Fred Frith, Andrew Cyrille, Laul Lovens, and others.

“If there’s any danger that his music is going to harden into one specific thing — a style, even of his own — he seems to go the other way,” writes The New York Times about Craig Taborn. “He destabilizes any traditional framing idea — of a set, of a song, of a chorus — but with the assurance of a really good frame builder.” The New York City pianist has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, and many others. Taborn’s 2013 ECM release, Chants, featuring Gerlad Cleaver on drums, has been described as “a Zen state of cohesive improvisation, a beautifully surreal dreamscape born of an ego-less equilibrium” (All About Jazz). Cleaver’s unmatched sensitivity as a drummer has lead him to work with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Matthew Shipp, Jemeel Moondoc, Hank Jones, and many more. His outings as a bandleader have shown him working with a wide array of jazz’s finest, including William Parker, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Chris Lightcap.