Ars Nova Workshop and the art of the moving jazz image

Philadelphia artist and photojournalist Ryan Collerd ends his exhibition of live, black & white photos with a bang.

Along with unleashing a diverse, fresh, jazz-not-jazz schedule that includes multimedia artist/composer Allison Miller’s river tale Boom Tic Boom (January 25, at University of the Arts’ Caplan Theater), Chicago trumpeter Marquis Hill’s new Love Tape project (February 15, Ruba Club), Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker’s autobiographical ensemble The New Breed (March 10, Johnny Brenda’s), avant-garde jazz supergroup Sun of Goldfinger (March 12, Johnny Brenda’s), one-time member of The Roots, Joshua Abrams’ Natural Information Society (March 25, Ruba) and the Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Co. showcase (April 6, Ruba), Ars Nova Workshop is armed for a whole other sort of beautiful bear this week.

On Thursday, January 23 (6-8 p.m.) at Space & Company, 2200 Walnut Street, Philadelphia artist, and photojournalist Ryan Collerd ends his exhibition of live, black & white photos with a bang.

Collerd has been ardently snapping Ars Nova Workshop performances and events for over ten years, capturing the often incendiary action and vitally emotional music of Philadelphia-based creators such as Marshall Allen, Moor Mother, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Dave Burrell, and Tootie Heath, as well as Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and other avant-star acts. Framed prints will be available for purchase during the Space & Company exhibition.

Photographer Ryan Collerd stated, “Close to ten years ago I met ANW Artistic Director Mark Christman while covering one of his shows for a magazine called Signal to Noise.  We’ve been working together ever since.  Crazy how one day you just wake up and you’ve got tens of thousands of images of some of the best music to come through the city. “

“These photos inspire us nearly as much as the musicians we present,” said Mark Christman, the Executive & Artistic Director of Ars Nova Workshop and the presenter of the Collerd exhibition. “Like our shows, these photographs of Collerd’s provide a new perspective, a dismantling of the rigid performer-audience relationship.”


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