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Past Shows
Date City Venue Country
11/10/14 Brooklyn, NY Roulette United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 509 Atlantic Ave.. Archer Spade + Toshimaru Nakamura
Peter Evans + Sam Pluta
11/09/14 Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia Art Alliance United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 251 S. 18th St.. Part of the Archer Spade Performance Series presented by Ars Nova Workshop.

Archer Spade + Toshimaru Nakamura
Peter Evans + Sam Pluta
04/05/14 Philadelphia Rotunda United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: donations. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4014 Walnut Street. The Archer Spade Performance Series Presents:

A special collaboration between visual artist Erik Ruin and Archer Spade
Featuring Thollem Mcdonas/Brian Chase

Archer Spade will perform a new work in a trio with visual artist Erik Ruin.

Erik Ruin is a Providence-based printmaker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012). For more on his work, see


Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up on Long Island, he started taking private music lessons at a young age, leading to a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Though he works in a variety of contexts, Brian is probably best known as a member of the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that has toured extensively throughout the world and has been nominated for three Grammys. On the new music side, Brian is very active in the experimental music scene, largely based around the community of John Zorn’s club, The Stone. In this setting, performance collaborations include those with Alan Licht, Chris Cochrane, Anthony Coleman, Jeremiah Cymerman, Thollem McDonas, David First, Jessica Pavone, and Robbie Lee, amongst more.

Thollem grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area rigorously studying the standard classical repertoire, then quit it all in his early 20s dedicating himself for many years to grassroots political activism (particularly anti-war efforts, deforestation issues and ecological restoration work). He’s now been touring for 7 years perpetually, and has released 33 albums of his own and in collaboration with others on 15 different vanguard labels in 5 different countries. A brief cross-section of his many collaborations have included Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Susie Ibarra Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Carmina Escobar, Gino Robair and Rent Romus. He is also the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a long-term project bringing together improvisers and composers from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. He regularly gives workshops and is a published author translated into one languages!
06/11/13 Philadelphia Rotunda United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4014 Walnut Street. Archer Spade Performance Series Presents:

The world premiere of a “TCHMENTREACH” by Mick Barr for Archer Spade!

Plus Solo Sets by Mick Barr, and Jeremiah Cymerman

Tuesday, June 11th
8PM, Donation
The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street

Archer Spade (Dan Blacksberg/Nick Millevoi) will premiere “TCHMENTREACH,” a newly commissioned piece by super-shredder Mick Barr.

Mick Barr

Mick Barr is an American avant-garde metal guitarist. Notable for his relentless speed and agility on his instrument, he is most well known for being one half of the band Orthrelm. Some of Barr’s other projects have included Crom-tech, and a duo with drummer Zach Hill from Hella, as well as appearances with Quix*o*tic, and The Flying Luttenbachers. He has also released albums under the names Ocrilim and Octis, consisting of his own guitar over a drum machine. On the difference between the two, he says “Ocrilim is Mick Barr overthinking. Octis is Mick Barr underthinking. These names mean nothing when a live show is concerned. Come see Ocrilim and you may be forced to watch Octis.”

Jeremiah Cymerman

Jeremiah Cymerman is a New York City-based composer, clarinetist, producer and sound engineer. Described as “an impenitent genre-breaker whose membership among today’s greats must be granted now” (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes), whose music strikes “a compelling balance between hallucinatory sound sculpting and the immediacy of improvised music” (Jason Bivins, Dusted Magazine) his work has been performed numerous times at venerable Downtown institutions Roulette, The Stone, Issue Project Room and Anthology Film Archives. Frequently using the recording studio as a primary compositional tool, Cymerman’s work reflects a passionate interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation & production, traditional, studio & graphic composition as well as solo clarinet performance and ensemble performance. Having worked with a broad range of contemporary artists including Toby Driver, John Zorn, Nate Wooley, Brian Chase, Mario Diaz de Leon, Jessica Pavone, Jandek, Anthony Coleman and Matthew Welch, Cymerman has toured internationally, received numerous commissions and published several articles on music and music production in publications such as Tape-Op magazine and the acclaimed Arcana book series, edited by John Zorn. He has released several recordings of his own music and his recorded output has been documented on the Tzadik and Porter record labels as well as his own, recently launched label, 5049 Records.
06/07/13 Philadelphia International House United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3701 Chestnut St.. We’ll be performing Gene Coleman’s “Our Private Sky” (commissioned by Archer Spade) on this concert of Gene’s music presented by The Crossing. Also on the concert will be two pieces by Ensemble N_JP.
12/08/12 Philadelphia, PA University of Penn, Music Building Room 101 United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Address: 201 S 34th St.. rcher Spade will perform the world premiere of the final version of Our Private Sky, on a program of music by composer and bass clarinetist Gene Coleman on December 8th at 8 PM in the Music Building of the University of Pennsylvania, Room 101. Our Private Sky was commissioned by and for the duo in 2011 and completed in 2012. In addition, the program feature Coleman’s live soundtrack to Chris Marker’s Film, La jetée, for which the composer and cellist Thomas Kraines will join. The program will begin with Archer Spade’s new arrangement of the Duke Ellington classic Mood Indigo. More information
06/22/12 Philadelphia Rotunda United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4014 Walnut Street. The Archer Spade Performance Series Presents a night of compositions and improvisations from New Haven and Philadelphia. Carl Testa Broadcloth Travis Woodson’s Music for Three Guitars

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