The New Paths Festival Brings Concerts By An Array Of Renowned Jazz Musicians To Unexpected Spaces In April And May

The Ars Nova Workshop brings live performances from acclaimed jazz musicians to unexpected spaces throughout the city for the New Paths Festival, running on select dates from April 21 to May 30. (Photo courtesy Ars Nova Workshop)

Throughout this month and into the next, hear renowned jazz musicians perform in unexpected spaces across the city as the Ars Nova Workshop presents the New Paths Festival, a citywide event on select days from tonight, April 21 through Friday, May 30.

Each concert features a different acclaimed musician in a space that represents their music, interests and/or accomplishments, creating a unique concertgoing experience.

The festival kicks off tonight with a show featuring Ken Vandermark at the Barnes Foundation. Inspired by the magnificent collection of art housed by The Barnes, Vandermark unveils a unique piece of music performed by his latest group, Made to Break. Also inspired by Ethiopian music, jazz, improvisation and new music concepts, so guests can look forward to an unexpected sound at the evening concert.

The New Paths Festival continues on Saturday, April 26 with a concert inside of the oldest barn on Bartram’s Garden’s property. Tap your toes along to the sounds of Milford Graves, a famed percussionist who also, appropriately, values herbology and continues to connect plants and flowers to his musical improvisation.

Throughout the festival, jazz musicians take the stage at unexpected venues including German Society of Pennsylvania’s Horner Memorial Library, American Swedish Historical Museum (for a United States debut of an all-Swedish jazz ensemble) and First Unitarian Church Side Chapel.

In addition to music, International House hosts the New Paths Festival for a day of free documentary film screenings on Sunday, April 27 about the lives of jazz musicians, how they create inspired pieces and the struggles they face every day.

Tickets for individual shows are available, or guests have the option to purchase an all-access pass to the festival. Tickets for individual concerts start at just $10 and are available online. The festival pass is $190 and is also available online.

The complete list of New Paths Festival concerts is available right here.

New Paths Festival
When: Select dates through Friday, May 30
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies
More info:


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