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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Sponsored by:
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 8:00pm

Frode Gjerstad Quartet

Frode Gjerstad, saxophone
Steve Swell, trombone
Johnny Ruun, bass
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the return of Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad, leading his quartet with trombonist Steve Swell, bassist Johnny Ruun and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.

“Gjerstad is a choice elicitor of out-of-the-ordinary elocutions, refusing gadgetry and reed-fueled bric-a-brac in favour of a strong sense of asymmetrical melody, trawling the improbable waters of curvilinear liberty in search of the most disparate notes, looking for composure while surrounded by havoc,” writes Paris Transatlantic Magazine about the Norwegian trumpeter and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad.

A powerful force on the Norwegian free-jazz scene, Gjerstad has worked with Evan Parker, Borah Bergman, Peter Brötzmann, Sabir Mateen, William Parker, Derek Bailey and Han Bennink. In 1984, Gjerstad founded the Circulasione Totale Orchestra, a large ensemble with a rotating personnel that has included leading experimental musicians such as Louis Moholo-Moholo and Lasse Marhaug. 

Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975.  He has toured and recorded with artists as musically diverse as Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker, has released over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artist on more than 100 other releases. Paal Nilssen-Love, who has collaborated with Gjerstad since he was 15 years old, has worked with Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee and Mats Gustafsson, among others.. Johnny Ruun has worked with Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale Orchestra on numerous occasions. Gjerstad’s trio with Ruun and Nilssen-Love was his first with all Norwegian musicians. Since 2010 they’ve released three live recordings – MIREast Of West and HideOut. Swell expanded the group both in membership and nationality for its most recent release, At Constellation (Circulasione Totale, 2015).