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Saturday, May 23, 2015 // 8:00PM

Ars Nova Workshop Presents: Spectral

$15 General Admission

The Philadelphia Art Alliance and Ars Nova Workshop are pleased to present Spectral.

Spectral consists of Chicago saxophonist and producer Dave Rempis, Bay Area trumpet maestro Darren Johnston, and saxophonist Larry Ochs, best known for his work with the groundbreaking Rova Saxophone Quartet. Formed in the fall of 2011 for a performance at Oakland’s Uptown Lounge, the trio released their self-titled debut in May 2014 on Aerophonic records. Thier music has been described as “improvised carpentry, making elegant constructions out of each horn’s complete range of sounds, both customary and unexpected” (Chicago Reader).

Rempis, a long-time member of the famed Vandermark Five, is a member of a number of Chicago-based groups, including the Engines, Rempis/ Rosaly Duo, Ballister, and Wheelhouse. He also performs and tours with Ken Vandermark’s Territory Band, Resonance Project, and the Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Quintet. He has performed with Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell,  John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, Tony Buck, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named three times in the annual Downbeat Critics’s Poll as a rising star in both the alto and baritone saxophone categories.

Larry Ochs has been performing with ground-breaking San Francisco-based Rova Saxophone Quartet along with John Raskin, Bruce Ackley, and Steve Adams since 1978. In 2007, Ochs began the band called Kihnoua, inspired by Korean improvised music, with compositions by Ochs. This band features Dohee Lee on vocals and Scott Amendola on drums and electronics, and has featured artists such as Joan Jeanrenaud, Okkyung Lee, Fred Frith, and Zeena Parkins. Over the years, he has worked with some of the finest in jazz and improvised music, including Mark Dresser, Miya Masaoka, Wayne Horvitz, William Winant, Dave Douglas, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, Ben Goldberg, and more. He also has served as the acting executive director of the non-profit organization “Rova:Arts” since its inception in 1986, and in that capacity has produced many large collaborative concerts in San Francisco and beyond.

Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter/composer/songwriter Darren Johnston has collaborated and recorded with an extremely diverse cross-section of artists, yet always finds ways to be true to his own unique voice in each context.  He has worked with artists such as Marcus Shelby, ROVA, Fred Frith, Myra Melford, singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero, traditional Balkan brass band Brass Menazeri, and more. He leads the award winning The Nice Guy Trio, The Darren Johnston Quintet, Broken Shadows, and more. Johnston was featured as one of Downbeat Magazine’s “25 Trumpeters for the Future,” and has been listed multiple times in the critic’s polls.

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