1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die

Ars Nova Workshop Presents

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die

Bottletree, Irreversible Entanglements (featuring Moor Mother)

Sun, December 18, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die
Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present three innovative and distinctive new ensembles, all of which have new releases planned for 2017 from the progressive Chicago-based label International Anthem.

Fly or Die is a new project from avant savant composer-trumpeter Jaimie Branch consisting entirely of Chicago expats. A ferociously inventive and singular voice on the trumpet, Branch emerged on the competitive Chicago scene in recent years, working with Windy City innovators like Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tim Daisy and Keefe Jackson before relocating to Brooklyn. Working concurrently as a musician, curator, and community organizer has shown Branch vivifying tenants of Chicago-style creative music traditions over her short time thus far in New York (said traditions are also heard potently in her wide-open, totally unique, irreverent and ingenious approach to improvising). Reid gained notice as a member of the latest generation of AACM members alongside peers like Nicole Mitchell and Mike Reed along with longtime and founding members including Anthony Braxton, George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell. Ajemian has worked with a diverse roster of visionaries including Rob Mazurek, Marc Ribot, Matt Bauder and Matana Roberts, while Taylor is best known as co-founder of the long-running Chicago Underground ensembles. Fly or Die was formed to inaugurate the short-lived Spying series that Branch curated in Brooklyn for most of 2016 and their self-titled album, coming Spring 2017, will be her long-awaited debut recording as a leader.
BottleTree is a new project from AACM composer/conjurer Ben Lamar Gay (Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, Mike Reed's Flesh & Bone) and singer-scholar AM Frison (current artist in residence at Theaster Gates Rebuild Foundation). With Italian expat Tommaso Morreti supporting on drums, the band improvises new articulations of ancient folklore through the context of a figurative storefront chapel (with Frison on preach). The sound they commonly arrive at in performance is akin to futuristic lo-fi gospel music, or a lyrical and soulful brand free jazz, as if Don Cherry composed for Stevie Wonder in the early 70s.
Irreversible Entanglements (featuring Moor Mother)
Irreversible Entanglements is a liberation-oriented free jazz project comprised of members from Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The group formed after a Musicians Against Police Brutality event in NYC that raised funds for the family of Akai Gurley (a young black father slain in 2014 in the stairwell of his home by Peter Liang of the NYPD). For the group’s first recording, five artists who had never performed together in this format entered Brooklyn’s Seizure’s Palace studio in August of 2015, improvising and performing each other’s compositional ideas as accompaniments, elaborations, and sonifications of Camae Ayewa’s (aka Moor Mother Goddess) searing poetry of Black trauma, survival, and power. Their work draws inspiration from the New York Art Quartet, Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction, and Ayewa’s deep involvement in Afrofuturism. It is music full of energy, anger, and determination, steeped in tradition but without convention, speaking to the present and insisting on the future.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147