Ars Nova Workshop

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Nels Cline. Photo by Nathan West. Courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.

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Nels Cline in performance at Royce Hall, Los Angeles. Photo by Phinn Sriployrung.

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Nels Cline. Photo by Nathan West.

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

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Ars Nova Workshop, "Beyond Polymath," sculpture. Photo courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.

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Ars Nova Workshop, "Beyond Polymath," sculpture detail. Photo courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.

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Ars Nova Workshop, Milford Graves’ hand painted drum kit. Photo courtesy of Ars Nova Workshop.

Ars Nova Workshop (ANW) is an award-winning jazz and experimental music presenter. Since 2000, ANW has programmed over 700 events, often in unconventional settings. ANW has been the subject of several articles in both national and local media outlets, including Spin Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, which cited ANW as “a textbook embodiment of a more site-specific and curatorial approach” to presenting jazz. In 2006, the organization received the Adventurous Programming in Jazz Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). ANW’s Center-supported projects include the New Paths Festival, a citywide concert series that celebrated jazz artists in alternative sites, with performances by MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, Milford Graves, and Peter Brötzmann; and Lovers (for Philadelphia), a concert experience curated by composer and guitarist Nels Cline, inspired by Philadelphia’s rich musical history. A 2018 Center grant has supported Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, an exhibition that sheds light on a lifetime of multidisciplinary creative work from one of the icons of the free jazz movement.