Peter Evans Ensemble Weinberg, Welcome, Bennett Ntwntf

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The Music Gallery presents



Part of the Departures Series, curated by Tad Michalak
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Doors: 8pm | Concert: 8:30pm
Arrayspace, 155 Walnut Av.
Tickets: $15 Regular | $10 Members/Students | $13 Advance at

The Peter Evans Ensemble represents a new chapter in Evans’ career as a bandleader and composer. After years of touring with his electro-acoustic Quintet and releasing 3 critically acclaimed recordings with that group, in late 2016 the band expanded its membership to reflect the increasingly multi-dimensional and orchestral direction of Evans’ music. The ensemble is a 21st century chamber ensemble dedicated to a broad range of creativity, drawing on dense notated scores, free improvisation, and novel combinations of acoustic and electronic sounds.

On a rainy afternoon in North Philadelphia, synthesizist Chris Welcome and saxophonist Sam Weinberg visited Ben Bennett‘s house on the end of their near 2 week tour and played for hours in his basement. The results astounded, so much so that all three felt motivated to book a tour to further explore together. Spiky, prickly, dynamic, smeared sounds abound.

Ben Bennett is an improvising percussionist who plays drums, membranes, and self-made instruments, which are combined with each other in various mutable arrangements, and played by striking, friction, breath, and other techniques. Although his instrument and music could both be described as unorthodox, they retain the essence of the drumset, and are a distillation of diverse musical traditions. He has toured North America and Europe, playing with different groups, ad-hoc collaborations, and solo.

Chris Welcome is a guitarist, composer and electronic musician based in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed with HOT DATE, Sand, W-2, Mothguts, The Flying Luttenbachers, Mike Pride’s Drummers Corpse, The E.R.A, Apocalypso, and many others.

Sam Weinberg is a Brooklyn based saxophonist, improviser and composer whose playing ranges from the textural and timbral to slippery and melodic. With equal footing in non-idiomatic free improvisation, free jazz, and notated musics, Weinberg attempts to push the language and capacity of the saxophone beyond its usual, assumed limits.

Not The Wind Not The Flag’s binary communication might best be described as pan-idiomatic improv. Their deep bond is forged through love of music free and composed, local and global, and ancient to futuristic. No two performances are alike. At any moment, Colin Fisher may draw on electronically-abetted guitar, sax, drums and even koto, while Brandon Valdivia might express himself with drums, thumb piano or Colombian gaita flutes. Constantly cycling through instruments, they pick up where Sam Rivers left off.
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By: The Music Gallery