Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver Trio presented by Ars Nova + AMH 12/10 | Ardmore

Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver Trio presented by Ars Nova + AMH 12/10

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Night School: Ars Nova Workshop + Tired Hands Brewing Company + AMH present
Nels Cline / Larry Ochs / Gerald Cleaver Trio
w/ Tapes & Tubes

Sunday, December 10th, 2017
at The Ardmore Music Hall

5:30pm Reserved
6pm GA Doors
6:30pm Show

$17 Advance / $20 Day of Show / Reserved Available
Tckets go on sale Fri 8/18 at noon:

**Nels Cline Trio**
Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall are thrilled to present the return of the explosive trio of guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Larry Ochs. Three experimental icons, individually and collectively drawing upon the outer limits of Midwestern free jazz, Bay Area structured improvisation, and bicoastal noise punk, reconvene in Philadelphia for a rare meeting.

Jazzmaster assassin Nels Cline might be as close as the modern avant-garde gets to a household name. Before joining indie rock institution Wilco in 2004, Cline divided his energy between improvised contexts alongside Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, and brother Alex, and more song-oriented settings like Carla Bozulich’s alt-country outfit Geraldine Fibbers and Mike Watt’s Crew of the Flying Saucer. Cline continues to occupy the narrow space between pure sound and song, as exemplified by his longstanding Singers trio with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, and his recent duo with guitar prodigy Julian Lage.

In his own words, Michigan-bred, New York-based Gerald Cleaver’s multifaceted approach to the drum set balances “static sound and extreme dynamics, melodicism within heavy texture, deep-rooted groove, unchained abandon, and the power and revelation of recurring form.” Cleaver made a name for himself through enduring partnerships with Vision Fest regulars like Roscoe Mitchell and Charles Gayle, but lately critics have been abuzz about his new musique concrète-cum-free rock quintet Black Host with Darius Jones, Cooper-Moore, Brandon Seabrook, and Pascal Niggenkemper. Pitchfork’s Hank Shteamer described 2013’s Life in the Sugar Candle Mines as, “a well-tended hot-house: feverish and bracingly weird, yet also purposeful and shrewdly strategic.”

LARRY OCHS (saxophones) is best known as a founder of the Rova Sax Quartet, a San Francisco institution that focused right from the start on the application of improvisational strategies within the context of contemporary compositions, beginning in the late 1970s and continuing right up to the present day; 40 years old in 2018. Equally inspired by modernist 20th century composition and the more worldly, abrasive strands of 60s free jazz as well as by fellow pioneers around the globe, Rova and Ochs became widely celebrated for the lengths they would go to stretch the performance parameters of notated music through early collaborations with Henry Kaiser, Anthony Braxton, and John Zorn. Ochs connection with Cline began in the late 1990’s and culminated with the Celestial Septet, a band comprised of both Rova and the “Nels Cline Singers,” with a fantastic CD release (New World Records)) including a long, ecstatic Ochs composition, as well as tours from 2009 – 2011. Ochs and Cleaver have performed off and on as a duo since 2013. A duo CD release (coming in 2018) – a beautiful , haunting set of music called “Songs of the Wild Cave” – will document their 2016 live recording experience inside a secret cave in the Dordogne area of France; a cave that contains upwards of 150 Pleistocene-era paintings. It’s a unique recording in which the cave itself seriously influenced the music, becoming essentially the third member of a trio. Ochs’ many other bands and a select discography can be perused and heard at

**Hollenberg-Millevoi Quartet (Performing the music of John Zorn)**

From March to May 2015, John Zorn wrote 300 new tunes collected in a book of music called The Bagatelles. Like the Masada book (only more atonal), the compositions are meant to be interpreted by a wide range of musicians.

The Matt Hollenberg-Nick Millevoi Quartet is co-led by two emerging presences in modern guitar malevolence. Both Hollenberg and Millevoi hail from Philadelphia and are representatives of an electrifying new crop of Zorn acolytes that has emerged on the East coast in the last decade, but each arrived on the scene via slightly different paths.

Hollenberg descends from the Trey Spruance/Jim Martin school of scooped mids and Dick Dale leads, subverting heavy metal formalism with authentic CVLT perspective. It’s fitting that Hollenberg’s doom-, grind-, and ambient-laced quartet Cleric released their 2010 debut on Spruance’s Web of Mimicry label. Keith Carman of Exclaim writes of Cleric, “One hears the detonation of Pig Destroyer, adrenaline of Converge, creative technicality of Nomeansno and Psyopus, and outright weirdness of Fantômas uniting with P.I.L.'s Flowers Of Romance.” Hollenberg also serves in Zorn’s Simulacrum trio alongside John Medeski and drummer Kenny Grohowski.

Millevoi skews more toward the Ribot/Cline guitar axis, frequently employing feedback, raw noise, and alternate tunings in projects like the contemporary classical incubator Archer Spade (with trombonist Dan Blacksberg) and Chris Forsyth’s Television-inspired Solar Motel Band. SPIN’s Chris Weingarten included Millevoi’s trio Many Arms’ Tzadik offering among 2012’s avant-garde highlights: “White hot Zappa-on-SST jazz-punk in athletic, hypnotic 15-minute excursions.”

Rounding the quartet are New York bassist Johnny DeBlase and drummer Jeff Eber, best known for his work in Dysrhythmia.


Sunday, December 10th 2017 06:30pm


The Ardmore Music Hall
23 E Lancaster Ave
19003 Ardmore


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