Ars Nova's New Paths Festival Presents Mats Gustafsson's Swedish Azz at the American Swedish Historical Museum

17 May 2014
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia

The Golden Age of Swedish Jazz occurred in the mid-1950s and was represented by very distinct and personal voices (such as Lars Gullin and Jan Johansson) that were taking inspiration from American West Coast jazz, as well as traditional Swedish Folk Music. Swedish saxophonist-composer Mats Gustaffson—who has collaborated with everyone from Sonic Youth to Merzbow to Neneh Cherry—will lead this United States debut of Swedish Azz, an all-Swedish ensemble that explores the intersection of these histories at the American Swedish Historical Museum, the oldest Swedish museum in the United States, built to commemorate the 1638 settlement of the New Sweden colony formed along the Delaware River.

This event is part of Ars Nova Workshop's Center-funded New Paths Festival, a citywide festival conceptually connecting some of the most innovative artists in the world to a variety of historic and peculiar Philadelphia spaces. While the work of these artists is inherently adventurous, the festival aims to deepen artists' engagement with their performance space as well as with the city's history, cultures, and people, making these events uniquely Philadelphian.