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The October Revolution

A four-day deep listening Festival in jazz and contemporary music.


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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$400 VIP 4-Day Passes
$155 Super Duper Early Bird 4-Day Passes SOLD OUT
$175 Early Bird 4-Day Passes SOLD OUT
$200 4-Day Passes (Not yet available)


Thu, Oct 4–Sun, Oct 7, 2018

A jazz and contemporary music festival unlike anything Philadelphia has ever seen—or heard. The October Revolution of Jazz and Contemporary Music shines a light on the future of the contemporary avant-garde being charted by storied veterans and young pros alike. This four day festival with performances at FringeArts and down the street at Christ Church Neighborhood House previously featured such storied legends as the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Anthony Braxton—in a rare solo appearance—as well as modern innovators like Claire Chase, So Percussion, and Moor Mother. 2018’s lineup promises another stellar year of this vital, burgeoning festival.


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Super Early Bird Pass $155

Early Bird 4-Day Pass $175

4-Day Pass $200
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VIP Ticket Holders Receive

+ Reserved seating at all events
+ Exclusive access to at least one secret concert
+ Meet and greet receptions with artists
+ Rare collectible giveaways
+ Free drinks at most events

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For more details, visit the official October Revolution website.

2017 October Revolution

Press Commentary

  • “Jazz fest tests boundaries” PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
  • “An avant-garde festival makes history” THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • “[Ars Nova Workshop is] Philadelphia’s most reliable and ambitious presenter of new jazz and improvised music” THE WIRE
  • “Curatorial brilliance” DOWNBEAT
  • “A high-caliber festival” JAZZ TIMES
  • “Pushing musical boundaries” WHYY
  • “It’s easily the jazz event of the season” THE KEY
  • “I love it. This is a post-genre musical world that we’re living in.” JOHN LUTHER ADAMS
  • “Experimental music fans have a new festival to look forward to” WBGO

Audience Commentary

  • “The listening was supreme.”
  • “The most memorable part was the energy from the performers.”
  • “It was an exceptionally tight performance by [Sun Ra] Arkestra in a venue that the musicians clearly enjoyed.”
  • “All I can say is that Ars Nova knocked it out of the park by bringing 4-days of really superb, non-mainstream, truly interesting musical experiences to Philadelphia.”

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