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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia , PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Friday, September 20, 2013 - 8:00pm

Matthew Shipp + Darius Jones

Darius Jones, alto saxophone
Matthew Shipp, piano

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome Darius Jones and Matthew Shipp to Philadelphia. This formidable duo released Cosmic Lieder on Aum Fidelity records in 2011.

"This engrossing union of pianist Matthew Shipp and alto saxophonist Darius Jones fascinates for its emotional and conceptual richness. [...] They both lock into a game of convergence and divergence that succeeds for their forceful individuality and unforced alchemy," writes Kevin Le Gendre for BBC.com.

“It is listening to Matthew Shipp’s work that has always been a reminder to me that real jazz music—no matter how refined or complex it can be—relies primarily on guts,” wrote Henry Rollins when Ars Nova Workshop asked the punk-rock icon to comment on his longtime friend on the eve of Shipp's October, 2010 Philadelphia performance. Rollins goes on to emphasize the startling physicality of Shipp's uncompromising playing—sometimes elegant and sometimes brutal, Shipp slams and seduces the keys unlike any other jazz pianist to create a delightfully aural and stunningly visual event.

Shipp's played piano since he was 5-years-old, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with saxophonist Joe Maneri, and cut his teeth working with Roscoe Mitchell and David S. Ware. He's since worked with many leading jazz musicians, including William Parker, Khan Jamal and Joe Morris. He visits Philadelphia in celebration of his most recent solo recording  Piano Sutras.

Darius Jones joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, Virginia. Since then he has collaborated with artist such as Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, William Parker’s Essence of Ellington, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Oliver Lake Big Band, Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys, Chad Taylor, Michael Formanek, Kirk Knuffke, Weasel Walter, among others. Recent activity for the Aum Fidelity record label includes a quartet album entitled Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (2012), featuring pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Trevor Dunn and percussionist Ches Smith. He also co-leads the group Little Women, whose members include enor saxophonist Travis LaPlante, guitarist Andrew Smiley, and drummer Jason Nazary. They released their third album, Lung, in 2013.