The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music

October 1-31, 2019



  • Lea Bertucci
  • Creative Arts Ensemble performing Drum Dance to the Motherland
  • Deradoorian
  • Fred Frith Trio
  • Makaya McCraven
  • Miles Davis's In a Silent Way 50th Anniversary
  • Sounds of Liberation with David Murray
  • Wadada Leo Smith / Sabu Toyozumi Duo

The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music returns with the third annual installment, presented by Ars Nova Workshop, “Philadelphia’s most reliable and ambitious presenter of new jazz and improvised music” (Wire). OctRev is a dynamic festival experience constructed out of a variety of sonic adventures and revelations, led by musicians and artists who are pushing boundaries and opening borders.

  • “Curatorial brilliance”Downbeat
  • “Pushing musical boundaries”WHYY
  • “Jazz fest tests boundaries”Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “An avant-garde festival makes history”The New York Times