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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 8:00pm

Peter Evans / Sam Pluta Duo

Archer Spade Performance Series

Peter Evans, trumpet
Sam Pluta, electronics

Peter Evans (trumpet) and Sam Pluta (electronics) have been collaborating since 2008 in a wide variety of contexts. Their work together has spanned small Jazz groups, large wind ensembles, through-composed works by themselves and others, and in educational contexts in the fields of improvisation an electro-acoustic music. Their work together has been featured in the Peter Evans Quintet and Octet, Rocket Science (with Craig Taborn and Evan Parker), Parker's USA Electro-Acoustic Septet, ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. They have performed at major festivals and venues across Europe, Canada and USA, and have presented their work and ideas at several major colleges and universities. 

In the duo format Pluta and Evans use all they have developed from their experience together to forge a new and dynamically interactive music. Since the release of their recording "Sum and Difference" in 2011, they have persistently honed and refined their duo music into a fully formed type of electro-acoustic chamber music. Improvisation and a commitment to the explosive energy of sound itself informs the duo's approach to real time composition. Their music bridges Evans' efforts to explore new sonic worlds for a traditional acoustic instrument with Pluta's customized and highly flexible software. Their instruments are at some points fused into a unified sonic entity indistinguishable as two voices, while at others engaged in violent counterpoint. 

Archer Spade + Toshimaru Nakamura
Toshimaru Nakamura, no-input mixing board
Dan Blacksberg, trombone
Nick Millivoi, guitar
Toshimaru Nakamura is one of the most distinguished and original voices in the world of electroacoustic improvisation, with a vast body of work built up over the past two decades.  Since 1998, Nakamura has been exploring the possibilities of his no-input mixing board in contexts ranging from solo to collaborations with Keith Rowe, Sachiko M, Sean Meehan, Klaus Filip and many others.
 
Archer Spade is an experimental chamber group comprised of trombonist and Dan Blacksberg and electric guitarist Nick Millevoi. Equally capable as composers, improvisers, and interpreters, Blacksberg and Millevoi are redefining and expanding the traditional composer/performer relationship in contemporary chamber music. From their base in Philadelphia, the duo is developing a dynamic repertoire of new works commissioned from contemporary composers and pieces composed by Blacksberg and Millevoi themselves. Archer Spade is a new model for the creation and presentation of new music; a small, versatile, and efficient ensemble of multi-talented artist/interpreters designed to meet and reflect the current demands of innovative new music.