Fresh Cut Orchestra

February 16 · Thursday

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show / $30 Reserved

This event is 21 and over

Antibalas was founded in Brooklyn in early 1998 by Martín Perna, with help from Gabriel Roth and other members of the Soul Providers (later to become the Dap Kings).

The group, first called El Conjunto Antibalas (the Bulletproof Ensemble) emerged out of the stable of Desco Records (the predecessor to Daptone Records) along with local musicians from the neighborhood.

For the first year, the group played strictly non-commercial spaces (block parties, community markets, parks, lofts, rooftops, basements) until they were offered a weekly gig at NoMoore in Lower Manhattan in August 1999. For 16 months, the group held a Friday night residency called Africalia, featuring 3-4 sets by Antibalas, as well as featured guests including Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Sugarman Three, The Mighty Imperials and members of Fela's Africa 70 and Egypt 80 bands.

After NoMoore abruptly closed, the group began touring nationally and internationally at the world's premier jazz, world music and rock festivals and has since then performed over 1500 shows in over 30 countries.

Beginning with their debut single "Uprising" in 1999, they went on to record five full-length albums on labels including Daptone, Ninja Tune, Rope-a-Dope and Anti- as well as several singles, EPs numerous appearances on compilations.

The group has appeared in full on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Show. Several members are frequent guests with the Roots onstage and on TV, having performed with Public Enemy, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Jim James and many others.

Antibalas also served as the house band at Carnegie Hall in 2014 backing artists including Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Judy Collins, and many others in a hommage to the music of Paul Simon.

In October 2014, Italian singer Lorenzo Cherubini invited the group to Electric Ladyland to collaborate on two songs from his record "2015CC" - Libera and "Melagioco".

In early 2015, they toured North America collaborating with Zap Mama, and returned to Carnegie Hall in March 2015 to serve as the house band for a tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads.

They finished the year with a four week residency at Brooklyn Bowl, with guest appearances by Santigold, Jovanotti, Saul Williams, Lee Fields, Sahr Ngaujah, Quantic and Kal Traver of Rubblebucket.

In 2016, they kicked off the year at the SF Jazz Fest with Amayo and the horns collaborating with drummer Eric Harland and his Voyager Ensemble.

Later that month, they began a monthly residency at Brooklyn Bowl through 2016.
Fresh Cut Orchestra
Fresh Cut Orchestra
The band’s debut release From the Vine, due Feb. 17 on Ropeadope Records, features nine original compositions and has a far-reaching, panoptic quality.. The album dips into various soundscapes and grooves, deftly migrating from ephemeral to slicing, which bespeaks the bandleaders’ range of experiences: Lawrence has performed with Erykah Badu, Boyz II Men and Orrin Evans; Fraticelli with Matisyahu, Taylor McFerrin and Mark Guiliana; and Marshall with Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Dave Douglas.

The Fresh Cut Orchestra started with a commission from Lenny Seidman of the fabled Painted Bride Art Center. He brought the three bandleaders together, and gave them funding to produce an original work for large ensemble. Their first show in October 2012 was sold out. Then came a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grant that brought the band members into the studio, where they recorded the music that’s on From the Vine, plus enough for another full-length. And in 2013, the city’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts awarded the band a residency. There the three leaders wrote and performed a formidable array of new works—some involving a vocalist, Joanna Pascale, plus video art projections.

The music of the Fresh Cut Orchestra is an eclectic blend of “straight ahead” jazz, contemporary classical, progressive rock, hip hop, and modern electronica.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003