Imagine a city attuned, a fellowship of listeners actively exploring an aural landscape. Composer Pauline Oliveros (ANW presented her last two Philadelphia appearances) referred to this as “deep listening” – the act of becoming aware of the vast range of sounds that we live within. “Deep listening” is the watchword of the OctRev Festival. The entire infrastructure of the festival will be focused on supporting that experience, to ensure that audiences have the comfort, freedom, time, and access to interact fully with the performances.
The inaugural OctRev will take place October 5-8 on the FringeArts campus, and will include performances at neighboring sites and venues. ANW is curating a line-up of the most thoughtful, adventurous music inventors and performers of our time, from across a diverse range of genres that span jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary classical and radiate outward. Confirmed acts include:
- NEA Jazz Master and AACM founding member Anthony Braxton
- MacArthur Fellow, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder, and “young star of the modern flute” (The New Yorker) Claire Chase
- An ultra-rare appearance from The Art Ensemble of Chicago, one of the most influential ensembles of all time
- A new duo featuring harpist Zeena Parkins and drummer Brian Chase, best known for their extensive work with Bjork and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, respectively
- Tim Berne’s Snakeoil in celebration of their new recording on ECM Records
- Sun Ra Arkestra performing their seminal 1973 Impulse Records album “Space is the Place” in its entirety