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John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present a two night residency featuring pianist Adam Tendler. On the second evening Adam Tendler will be performing "Sonatas and Interludes", John Cage’s groundbreaking cycle for prepared piano. 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the the work composed shortly after Cage’s introduction to Indian philosophy and the teachings of art historian…

$12 – $20

Wolff: Fantail + Schumann: Carnaval

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present a two night residency featuring pianist Adam Tendler. On the first evening Adam Tendler will perform the Philadelphia premiere of FANTAIL, a new work by iconic American composer Christian Wolff. Commissioned by the pianist, FANTAIL is a 22 movement, unofficial response to Robert Schumann's Carnaval, and like Schumann’s legendary set,…

$12 – $20

Satoko Fujii + Kappa Maki

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present Japanese musicians Satoko Fujii and Kappa Maki performing at University Lutheran. The duo consists of piano and trumpet performing an improvised set. Jesse Kudler will open the evening with an improvisation on the church's organ. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one…

$12 – $20

Peter Evans and David Taylor

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present two brass virtuosos: Trumpeter Peter Evans and Trombonist David Taylor in a solo/solo/duo performance at University Lutheran. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Peter Evans is a trumpet player and composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation, and his work cuts…

$12 – $20

Ligament

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present the acclaimed new music duo LIGAMENT. Described as “perverse and nihilistic”, Anika Kildegaard (voice) and Will Yager (double bass) perform as LIGAMENT, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning new music and creating work for their unique instrumentation. LIGAMENT’s performances are a fusion of standard and non-standard elements; sometimes there are high…

$12 – $20

POSTPONED Exploratorium

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE POSTPONED. STAY TUNED FOR A NEW DATE   Bowerbird is pleased to present a concert of Gene Coleman's album Exploratorium. Focused on his recent compositions based on models from auditory neuroscience the album includes Coleman's 2nd string quartet, three works for voices and electronics and a new…

$12 – $20

Max Johnson Trio

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present the Max Johnson Trio at UniLu with opening set by Arcx Quartet. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Fresh off the release of their 2022 album “Orbit of Sound” and their tour across Europe, virtuoso double bassist and composer Max Johnson presents his trio with Anna Webber (saxophone, flute), and Michael Sarin (drumset).…

$12 – $20

Attorneys General (featuring Bill Nace and Ken Brenninger)

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present Attorneys General featuring Bill Nace and Ken Brenninger with an opening set by Andy Giles. Co-presented with Open Mouth Records ABOUT THE ARTISTS Attorneys General is a project led by Matthew Byars of DC-based band The Caribbean and NPR-distributed podcast Essential Tremors.  A formative experience for Byars as a listener was hearing the…

$12 – $20

Song of Disobedience

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to partner with Philly Iran in presenting Song of Disobedience, a musical performance honoring the one year anniversary of the Woman, Life, Freedom Revolution. Created specifically for this day, musicians Adib Ghorbani and Aida Shahghasemi along with local performers will be performing a heartfelt collection of music and storytelling on stage at…

$12 – $20

Eli Winter Trio

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present the Eli Winter Trio at University Lutheran with opening set by BASIC - Chris Forsyth (guitar) and Nick Millevoi (guitar/drum machine).   ABOUT THE ARTISTS Playing older than his 26 years, Eli Winter has long demonstrated mastery over solo guitar composition and performance, with praise from Pitchfork, The Guardian, Stereogum,…

$12 – $20

Beam Splitter

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present BEAM SPLITTER - duo for amplified voice, trombone & analog electronics BEAM SPLITTER have been touring globally since 2015, playing close to two hundred concerts in a wide variety of spaces and contexts, bringing their own brand of highly amplified dialog, which is as intimate as it is equal amounts…

$12 – $20

Sonic Rainbow

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present Andy Thierauf performing SonicRainbow, a kaleidoscope of acoustic and electronic sounds utilizing a wide spectrum of percussion instruments. This solo performance includes original compositions and improvisations that weave an intricate web of timbres and sonorities from roars to wisps, drums to gongs, and vibraphone to tin cans. Pulling from classical,…

$12 – $20

The Beauty of Moving Wind in the Trees

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Every film by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub is a challenge: to the political status quo of capitalism, to the film industry, even to their own audiences. The films of these married longtime-collaborators are marked by an intellectual rigor, a purity of form and movement, and an overriding concern with power and politics. That their…

$8 – $12

Shiraz Ensemble

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

We are pleased to present the Shiraz Ensemble: Sina Homaee and Sepehr Pirasteh. Shiraz Ensemble embodies a global perspective, combining their roles as citizens of the world and passionate artists to shed light on crucial socio-political matters through art. Drawing inspiration from their personal journeys as immigrants from Iran to the United States, they channel…

$10 – $20

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The Silence”

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird, in collaboration with Nightletter, are pleased to present Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1998 film "The Silence". "The Silence" follows Khorshid, a blind 10-year old living with his mother in a small Tajikistan village. Khorshid earns money tuning musical instruments, while Nadereh -- the beautiful protege of the instrument maker for whom Khorshid works --…

$8 – $12

Music of Raven Chacon

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is excited to present Philadelphia's Arcana New Music Ensemble performing a portrait concert of Raven Chacon. PROGRAM Whisper Trio Tessa Ellis, Andy Thierauf, Chelsea Meynig Quiver Tom Kraines, cello Tááʼtsʼáadah Tessa Ellis, trumpet Lats’ aadah Carlos Santiago, violin Biyan Jonathan Leeds, clarinet; Chelsea Meynig, flute; Carlos Santiago, violin; Tom Kraines, cello; Andy Thierauf, percussion…

$12 – $20

Sounding Ornaments: Experiments with Optical Sound

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Dedicated to Daphne Oram On a celluloid film print, even sound is made of light. Running alongside the picture is the optical soundtrack, an image in itself. A beam of light penetrates it, exciting a photoelectric cell with its sound determined by the pattern of black and white. Ever since sound first joined film, artists…

$8 – $12

Sacred & Profane

University Lutheran 3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bowerbird is pleased to present vocal group Variant 6 at University Lutheran performing "Sacred & Profane" - madrigals in a kaleidoscope of texts and sounds: medieval prayers set by Benjamin Britten, fables and fairy-tales conjured by Maurice Ravel, solemn meditations by Pablo Ortiz, and excerpts from Gian Carlo Menotti’s strange and beautiful The Unicorn, the…

$15 – $35