Sounds of Liberation ft. David Murray & Creative Arts Ensemble
Ars Nova Workshop Presents

Sounds of Liberation ft. David Murray & Creative Arts Ensemble

Sounds Of Liberation
Ages 21+
Sounds of Liberation ft. David Murray & Creative Arts Ensemble at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 7 PM - Doors
  • 8 PM - Show


This Halloween, Ars Nova Workshop celebrates the groundbreaking, eclectic career of one of Philadelphia’s legendary jazz pioneers, the vibraphonist and composer Khan Jamal.

Sounds Of Liberation was a band – and a social movement – formed in of the Germantown & Mt Airy neighborhoods of Philadelphia in 1970. Originally conceived and formed by Jamal, the arrival of Byard Lancaster in 1971 helped shift their focus and efforts into a higher gear, placing the ensemble at the forefront of avant-garde Black expression in the early 1970s. The group issued one self-released album, New Horizons, in 1972 on their own Dogtown label, before making a surprise return in 2019 with a long-lost 1973 session from Columbia University and an ANW-presented reunion of the band’s surviving members. They’ll return to the stage with one of their most iconic contemporaries, free jazz tenor powerhouse David Murray, as their special guest.

Several members of Sounds of Liberation, including guitarist Monnette Sudler, drummer Dwight James and bassist Billy Mills, also convened as members of the Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble. The same year as New Horizons was released, the CAE’s mind-blowing performance at Philadelphia’s Catacombs Club was captured for Drum Dance to the Motherland, an extremely limited edition release on Dogtown before a long-overdue reissue in 2018 reintroduced the band’s genre-blurring sounds to the world. In its improbable fusion of free jazz expressionism, black psychedelia and full-on dub production techniques, this eccentric, one-of-a-kind masterpiece remains a bracingly powerful statement 45 years after it was recorded.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125