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Anti-Jazz: The New Thing Revisited 

In 1961, Down Beat magazine published a review of a John Coltrane performance referring to the music as "anarchistic" and as "a horrifying demonstration of what appears to be a growing anti-jazz trend." This review documented one of the most controversial moments in the history of jazz: the advent of Free Jazz or "The New Thing."  

IHP and ANW's four-concert series, Anti-Jazz: The New Thing Revisited, celebrates the 50-year trajectory of Free Jazz. The series, while bearing in mind landmark contributions such as Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz and John Coltrane's Ascension, is a glimpse at the current state of the phenomenal Free Jazz continuum featuring many of the founding visionaries and iconoclasts - including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Bill Dixon, Bobby Bradford and the Art Ensemble of Chicago - along with an emerging generation of distinguished instrumentalists. 

Purchase your tickets to the entire series today!

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of drummer and Philadelphia native Rashied Ali (July 1, 1935 - August 12, 2009) and microtonal composer and musician Joe Maneri (February 9, 1927 - August 24, 2009). Both were exceptional and unstoppable forces within the pantheon of modern jazz, and always a privilege to be around. They leave behind some of the most impactful contributions to jazz and improvised music within the past fifty years.

Over the past ten years, ANW had the opportunity to work with both musicians, experiencing their rigor and passion first hand. All were very special moments.

Giant Steps

Welcome to the new Ars Nova Workshop website! We couldn't be more pleased with our friends at Canary Promotion + Design, who have also done design work for Johnny Brenda's, The Colbert Report and Miro Dance Theatre. Please be patient as we populate the site with nearly ten years of archival data, update our store, and much more.  And check back often for announcements in conjunction with our 10th anniversary season.