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Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: Wordless! US Tour

This innovative show combines slides, talk, film, and live musical performance. Spiegelman collaborated with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston whose sextet underscores the multimedia presentation with new original music.

Wordless! brings to life the work of the five most important artists of the wordless novel — Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, Otto Nückel, and Si Lewen — in a series of animated projections.The program also contains new original work created by Spiegelman, as well as animating and musicalizing some of his older short wordless strips.

Oct 8th: Oberlin College OH

Oct 10th: University of California, Berkeley CA: Cal Performances, Zellerbach Auditorium

Oct 12th: Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle WA

Oct 15th: UCLA Royce Hall, Los Angeles CA

Oct 17th: USCB Arts & Lectures Santa Barbara CA

Oct 19th: Kauffman Center, Kansas City KA

Oct 21st: Lisner Auditorium, GWU, Washington DC

Oct 26th: ICA, Boston MA



In addition, interspersed among these gigs:

Oct 22: Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY presents:

Ideal Microscopic Numbers! 30 Years of Cuneiform Records!


Arguably the longest running avant jazz and rock label in the US, Cuneiform Records celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. To salute these intrepid foolish wanders, and to thank them for supporting the music we love, three Cuneiform Records recording artists are banding together for a concert at Shapeshifter Lounge on Oct 22.

7.30PM Curtis Hasselbring's Number Stations
8.30PM The Microscopic Septet
9.30PM Ideal Bread






Mar 3rd-8th 2015

Phillip Johnston residency at The Stone. Six nights of different groups, two per night, representing a survey of projects past and present.

Schedule TBA

More Wordless!

Mar 10th: Williamstown, MA - Williams College

Mar 13th: New York City - Columbia University Heyman Center for the Humanities



The Microscopic Septet's new CD, Manhattan Moonrise, has been released on Cuneiform Records

In late November of 2013, The Micros went into the studio to record their first CD containing new material since the late 1980s. A combination of brand new work by Joel Forrester and Phillip Johnston, re-imagined early Micros tunes, and a couple of classics, the CD is part of Cuneiform Records' 30th Anniversary releases for May/June 2014

"Those who wonder if The Microscopic Septet still "got it" can stop worrying-and rejoice!" Clouds and Clocks

Purchase Manhattan Moonrise directly from Cuneiform Records




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