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ROVA Sax Quartet Interprets Ascension in Philadelphia

John Coltrane’s Ascension-the 50-minute, large-ensemble, free-jazz tour de force that took the concept of Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz and pushed it further into the atmosphere of instantaneous composition and collective improvisation-will be interpreted with a new arrangement by the globally acclaimed ROVA Saxophone Quartet in an exclusive Philadelphia performance.

Supported by a cast of top-notch improvisers, including longtime fringe experimenter and current Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, free-jazz percussion artisan Andrew Cyrille, violinists Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Jenny Scheinman (Bill Frisell, Myra Melford), bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas), accordionist Andrea Parkins and turntablist Marina Rosenfeld, ROVA: Orkestrova’s “Electric Ascension” will be unveiled on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. at the International House, as part of Ars Nova Workshop’s “Seraphic Light” series, celebrating Coltrane’s 80th birthday.

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