Angela on the Arts

Angela on the Arts

Instrument: Band/orchestra | Location: Charlottesville

Within is a breathtaking display of artistry that flows like a long, pronounced,
outward breath on a very cold day, warming everything in its path.
—Jeff Coffin, Saxophonist, Dave Matthews Band

Updated: January 7, 2020

Freely improvised chamber jazz for trumpet, viola and bass clarinet with special guests

Angela on the Arts is a trio convened by jazz trumpeter/composer John D’earth who has performed internationally, and appeared on over 100 recordings with Dave Matthews, Bruce Hornsby, John Abercrombie, Emily Remler, Kait Dunton, Pat Metheny, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente, and Buddy Rich, among many others. D'earth has recorded as a leader for Vanguard Records, ENJA Records, DoubleTime Jazz and his own Cosmology label.

Within is Angela on the Arts' debut album. D’earth plays trumpet, flugelhorn, flutes and percussion, Bonnie Gordon plays viola, and Michelle Oliva plays bass clarinet and employs looping. The group has been exploring freely improvised music since late 2017.

Their jazz-and-chamber-music-inflected sound reflects a cacophony of influences: early jazz, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, medieval music, Arnold Schoenberg, John Cage, rock & roll, Charles Ives… they keep discovering new ways to summon and conjoin, spontaneously, the music they’ve heard throughout their lives. The music is dramatic, original, humorous, surprising, meditative, outraged and outrageous. Angela on the Arts embraces a cheerful acceptance of chaos in the search for musical meaning and order.


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Let's say that Salvador Dali, and John Cage had a love child. And their love child had a favorite movie. And in that movie was their love child's favorite band playing their love child's favorite music. That band would have to be Angela on the Arts.

Within is a breathtaking display of artistry that flows like a long, pronounced, outward breath on a very cold day, warming everything in its path.

-Jeff Coffin, Saxophonist, Dave Matthews Band

This is totally improvised music - music you've never heard, nor had they until the moments it was made!

A sound world both familiar and mysterious, uncharted lands of notes, timbres, and rhythms

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Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy
woodwind
Philip Glass Philip Glass
composer/conductor
Bennie Maupin Bennie Maupin
clarinet
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet
John Cage John Cage
composer/conductor
Charles Ives Charles Ives
composer/conductor

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