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Ars Nova Workshop is excited to present solo sets by three pioneers of experimental music, Japan's Keiji Haino, Australia's Oren Ambarchi, and Philadelphia's James Plotkin.
An influential figure in the development of experimental music in Japan, Keiji Haino's work spans free improvisation, rock, noise, psychedelia, minimalism and drone. Working mostly with guitar and vocals, his performances are intensely cathartic sonic events. Born in 1952 in Chiba, Japan, he has released over twenty solo studio albums and collaborated with countless other musicians and composers, including Tony Conrad, Peter Brotzmann, Toru Takemitsu, and Faust, and has performed in ensembles like Fushitsusha and Nazoranai (with Stephen O'Malley and Oren Ambarchi). Haino’s career as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist began 43 years ago when he dropped out of high school. Since then, his musical influences have ranged from early blues music to the Japanese concept of “Ma,” or the silent spaces in music, and his radical approach resulting in his music being banned from Japan's national broadcaster from 1973 to 2013.
Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome back Australia's Oren Ambarchi. Ambarchi, who got his start as a drummer in Sydney's free-jazz scene, has created a reputation as an experimental guitarist who effortlessly blurs the lines between drone, metal, noise, ambient, rock and contemporary classical music. Ambarchi's collborative efforts have included work with drone/doom band Sunn O))) (and other projects with performers from that group) and Boris, as well as work with John Zorn, Fennesz, Evan Parker, Merzbow, and many other experimental artists. As hinted by his numerous collaborators, Ambarchi’s music defies popular categories and thrives on pluralism, and his work includes exploration of the guitar as well as percussion. Spin called 'Sagittarian Domain,' one of several 2012 releases by Oren Ambarchi, “a 33-minute black acid trance-out that rides a Neu!-matic groove into haunting, ghostly pits of oblivion.”
Guitarist, bassist and producer James Plotkin has been at the nexus of extreme and marginal music for over two decades. Moving from high impact metal through experimental noise and tingling, metallic ambience, he has worked with Aaron Turner (ISIS), John Zorn, Michael Gira, Jon Mueller, Francisco Lopez, Anton Fier, Stephen O'Malley, and has constantly pushed extreme metal into new sonic territory with bands such as Atomsmasher/Phantomsmasher and the slow metal supergroup Khanate. Plotkin's latest release, a collaborative improvisation with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love titled "Death Rattle" on the Rune Grammofon label, has once again showcased his ability to incite/confound through his continually evolving, unique style of performance.
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. ANW informs, inspires, and challenges listeners to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation, and experimental music in contemporary culture. ANW events provide a forum for discourse, emergent trends in contemporary music, and unique forms of cultural exchange, while nurturing a diverse community for innovative music.