Spectrum Ensemble Matinee Series + New CD

We’re really excited to announce a new series of shows for January 2016!

Presenting:

Archer Spade Spectrum Ensemble

Sunday Matinee Series

Featuring 24 of Philadelphia’s Outest Musicians

including an 18-piece improvising band, Archer Spade + Kud, Sirius Juju, Van Sutra, and so much more!!

Jan. 3 @ The Rotunda – 4014 Walnut St, West Philly

Jan. 10 @ The Whole Shebang – 1813 S 11th St, South Philly   

Jan. 17th @ Retro City – 6120 Green St, Germantown

Jan. 24th @ House Gallery 1816 – 1816 Frankford Ave, Fishtown

All Shows 3PM
$10

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We’re also incredibly excited to announce the release of our first CD, Orbital Harmony on Mulatta Records. Orbital Harmony features new compositions by Mick Barr, Gene Coleman, Johnny DeBlase, Dave Soldier and the two of us written for specifically for our duo! The music spans the whole range of tonal melodicism, harsh chromaticism, textural investigations, and deep harmonic interplay.

You can purchase the album at http://www.mulatta.org/orbitalharmony.html

Premier of “Our Private Sky” and recordings on the way!

We’ve been working on Gene Coleman’s “Our Private Sky,” which was commissioned by our Kickstarter campaign back in the beginning of the year, and it’s ready! We’ll be premiering the piece on December 8 at Room 101 in the Penn Music Building. (Earlier in the year, we performed ‘part 1’ of this piece at the International House)

Also on the program is a soundtrack to Chris Marker’s La Jetee featuring Archer Spade with Gene and cellist Tom Kraines, as well as a take on “Mood Indigo.” Why “Mood Indigo”? Read about it over here: http://nickmillevoi.blogspot.com/2012/11/mood-indigo.html

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A few months back, we recorded several pieces with engineer Eric Carbonara at Nada Sound Studio. We’ll be posting some clips of those shortly as we finish mixing!

All the news

We’re proud to welcome you to the new internet home of Archer Spade.

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes this summer and we’re getting ready for some great things. Earlier this year, we ran a Kickstarter campaign to commission 3 new works from Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase. In April, we performed part one of Gene’s piece, “Our Private Sky” and we’re looking forward to the completed piece. Dave’s discussed his piece and it’s Egyptian influences with us and Johnny has shown us his notes to his new work. In addition, we’re happy to announce that we’ve decided to work with two new composers, Mick Barr and Jeff Kimmel. We look forward to announcing some premiers in the upcoming future.

Back in June, we debuted the first concert of the Archer Spade Performance Series, which is meant to highlight new and exciting works by our friends and close associates. That concert featured new music by Carl Testa, Broadcloth, and a guitar trio of Travis Woodson, Alban Bailly, and Nick Millevoi that performed works by Woodson, Testa, and Eric Slick.

The second ASPS concert will take place on October 20 in the side chapel at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. This will be a dual record release show that will feature both members of Archer Spade playing separately. Nick will be releasing his new album, In White Sky, and Dan will be playing along with Julius Masri on circuit bent electronics for the release of the debut album by their duo Superlith, Plasma Clusters.

Thanks for visiting – we’ll be seeing you.

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