Free/Form: Composer Portraits

Ars Nova Workshop



Matt Mitchell, Oscar Noriega, Tim Berne, and Ches Smith. Photo by John Rogers, courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.

Ars Nova Workshop presented Free/Form: Composer Portraits, a six-concert series that featured the music of trumpeter Don Cherry and saxophonist Tim Berne. The series showcased new arrangements, many Philadelphia premieres, and rare appearances from past and present collaborators in performances by the Ken Vandermark Large Ensemble; Karl Berger's "In the Spirit of Don Cherry"; Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra; Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy; Collide Quartet; Philadelphia-based pianist and 2012 Pew Fellow Matt Mitchell; and Adobe Probe and Big Satan, a large ensemble and trio led by Berne.