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Archer Spade Presents Spectrum Ensemble at The Whole Shebang

The second installment of the Spectrum Ensemble took place at the Whole Shebang in South Philadelphia.

In contrast to the Rotunda performance, smaller groups of musicians performed sets of improvised music, occasionally joining forces in bigger groups and making a bigger sound.

The Ensemble features musicians from the core Archer Spade(Dan Blacksberg, Nick Millevoi), Kud (Jesse Kudler), Van Sutra (Julius Masri and George Draguns), Sirius JuJu, Bender / Stein / Tini, and Press / Connor Przybyszewski / Gottlieb-Hollis , thee Eric Carbonara and many many more.

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Archer Spade Presents: Spectrum Ensemble at The Rotunda

Featuring 24 of Philadelphia’s Outest Musicians, the brainchild of Dan Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi played a series of Sunday Matinee concerts in and around The City Of Brotherly Love.

The ensemble featured musicians from the core Archer Spade(Dan Blacksberg, Nick Millevoi), Kud (Jesse Kudler), Van Sutra (Julius Masri and George Draguns), Sirius JuJu, Bender / Stein / Tini, and Press / Connor Przybyszewski / Gottlieb-Hollis , thee Eric Carbonara and many many more.

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Solarists: Haitian Rail

Avant-garde super-group Haitian Rail released Solarists, their second full-length album, on New Atlantis Reocrds.

Solarists brashly charts the common spaces between creative noise rock and the jazz avant-garde, while shattering the restrictive barriers between them.

Formerly dubbed Ricart/Millevoi Quartet, the new lineup features:

Nick Millevoi,  Guitar
Edward Ricart, Bass
Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
and
Kevin Shea, Drums

Solarists is available through New Atlantis Records

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Perilous Architecture: Dan Blacksberg Trio

Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with the Archer Spade Performance Series presented the record release show for Perilous Architecture: Dan Blacksberg Trio’s latest brain child.

Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
Matt Engle, Bass
Mike Szekely, Drums

In the Dan Blacksberg Trio, the innovative and genre-defying trombonist brings an expansive and creative new vision to the cutting-edge jazz traditions of pioneers like Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler.
Blacksberg has penned a set of music that pushes at the technical and timbral limits of his instrument, opening up into far-reaching sounds worlds while maintaining a melodic rootsiness.

Backed up by the powerful rhythm of Matt Engle (Shot X Shot) on bass, and Mike Szekely (Anthony Braxton Quartet) on drums, the Trio creates a driving mixture of noise, chromatic lyricism, and everything in between…

Perilous Architecture is available in Vinyl through No Business Records.

Or digitally through Blacksberg’s Bandcamp page.

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Trio = Erik Ruin + Archer Spade(Nick Millevoi & Dan Blacksberg)

Archer Spade and Erik Ruin weaved sight and sound in a collective improvisation using Electric and Acoustic guitar, trombone, and tapes; providing the soundtrack for layered images of disaster – both elemental forces gone awry, and societal breakdown- that splintered and shook into abstract form and color as Ruin manipulated piles of paper cuts and painted films on the surface of the overhead projector.

Erik Ruin is a Providence-based print-maker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012).

Archer Spade is an experimental chamber group comprised of trombonist Dan Blacksberg and electric guitarist Nick Millevoi.

Equally capable as composers, improvisers, and interpreters, Blacksberg and Millevoi are redefining and expanding the traditional composer/performer relationship in contemporary chamber music. From their base in Philadelphia, the duo is developing a dynamic repertoire of new works commissioned from contemporary composers and pieces composed by Blacksberg and Millevoi themselves.

Archer Spade is a new model for the creation and presentation of new music; a small, versatile, and efficient ensemble of multi-talented artists/interpreters designed to meet and reflect the current demands of innovative new music…

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Duo = Thollem McDonas + Brian Chase

Thollem/Chase is the powerhouse, free-wheeling duo of the perpetually-traveling pianist Thollem McDonas and drummer Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and downtown NY improv scene. Their upcoming album: Dub Narcotic Session will hit the stores in May. Please check the homepage of New Atlantis Records for details.

Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up on Long Island, he started taking private music lessons at a young age, leading to a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Though he works in a variety of contexts, Brian is probably best known as a member of the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that has toured extensively throughout the world and has been nominated for three Grammys.Brian is also very active in the experimental music scene.

McDonas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area rigorously studying the standard classical repertoire, then quit it all in his early 20s dedicating himself for many years to grassroots political activism (particularly anti-war efforts, deforestation issues and ecological restoration work). He’s now been touring for 7 years perpetually, and has released 33 albums of his own and in collaboration with others on 15 different labels in 5 different countries.

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Franz Hautzinger, Isabelle Duthoit, Gene Coleman and Archer Spade

This set included:

Franz Hautzinger on Trumpet

Isabelle Duthoit on Clarinet

Gene Coleman on Bass Clarinet

Nick Millevoi on Electric Guitar

and

Dan Blacksberg on Trombone

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Isabel Duthoit and Franz Hautzinger

Trumpeter Franz Hautzinger and vocalist Isabel Duthoit improvised a set of their music for the crowds of Archer Spade Performance Series at the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.

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T C H M E N T R E A C H

Tchmentreach is the name of a piece commissioned to Archer Spade by the Heavy Metal guitarist Mick Barr.

Jeremiah Cymerman and Mick Barr performed a set of their improvised music while Dan Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi premiered the commissioned piece. The performance took place at The Rotunda.

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Yapp!

performed a set of their music at Studio 34 in Philadelphia, for the crowds of the Archer Spade Performance Series.

Yapp! is:

Alban Bailly, guitar

Bryan Rogers, saxophone

Matt Engle, bass

and

Dave Flaherty, drums

Yapp! performance at Studio 34 in Philadelphia, PA